Central Procurement Office


Procurement Excellence

The University of Manchester has a reputation for excellence. The Central Procurement Office team are working hard to ensure that this is reflected in our procurement processes and practice.

We have set ourselves ambitious targets and are committed to ensuring that excellence is at the heart of all we do. We are also keen to support the wider sector and understand this will involve reporting on our progress as well as sharing our learning.

Achieving Level 5 of the Flexible Framework

We are pleased to announce that we are now at Level 5 of the Flexible Framework!

Following an independent verification of our practices by peer experts in their field from both a procurement and an international sustainability background, we can now celebrate we are the first University in the U.K. to attain the highest acheivement of Level 5, representing our leadership in the sector.

1,000 Suppliers: Demonstrating the Impact

Over 1,000 suppliers have signed up to use our Supplier Engagement Tool, providing us with a rich source of information to integrate into our thinking. We are excited to share our approach in this report, which helps us move from 'supplier engagement' to 'supplier development'; communicating our learning and leadership on this agenda, furthering our commitment to continuous improvement and engaging with procurement colleagues across the sector.

You can also read more about our approach to procurement excellence which we call Responsible Procurement:

Our approach

The foundations

  • We have a clear policy aligned with strategic commitments.
  • We have set ambitious and challenging targets which we report on publicly.
  • We embed the approach as part of business-as-usual.
  • We focus on demonstrating the positive impact of procurement.
  • We create relationships with other teams to maximise our capacity.

Our current focus

  • Sharing our approach with internal buyers to further embed excellent practice.
  • Sharing our approach with our suppliers to enable and develop them.
  • Sharing our approach with the wider sector to support their own activity.

Access the full details about our NETpositive approach, or please contact NETpositive Futures.

Whilst many organisations have struggled for years to make progress on the Flexible Framework, what the Procurement team has achieved in 6 months is amazing Jimmy Brannigan, Director, NETpositive Futures on the University achieving Level 4 of the Flexible Framework

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