As members of the Office of Finance, we support the mission of the University of Puget Sound to provide accurate, efficient, and timely services in a courteous manner to all of our constituents. Procurement Services continually identifies and incorporates innovative purchasing practices, as we source goods and services for the University of Puget Sound in a cost-effective and ethical manner while ensuring that University resources are protected, that their use is optimized, and that the requirements of the sponsoring agency are met for sponsored research procurement.

Procurement Objective
The University of Puget Sound will procure all goods and services in manner that achieves competitive pricing with an appropriate level of quality and acceptable terms. Acquisition will be without favoritism, using active negotiation to obtain maximum value for each dollar expended.

Supplier Relations
Puget Sound believes in maintaining positive and professional supplier relationships, consisting of mutual respect and understanding. Suppliers doing business with the university for the first time must complete our supplier information packet, including agreement with our Terms and Conditions. Contact Procurement before requesting a supplier setup as we may have an alternate supplier already on contract that can provide competitive pricing and approved terms and conditions.

Supplier packet requests should be directed to

Conflicts of Interest
All employees involved in the purchasing of goods and services should review the Conflict of Interest policy on the Puget Sound website annually and ensure that they are in compliance.

Support Available
Competitive requests for proposals, requests for bids or pricing agreements with established group purchasing organizations (GPO) are just a few of the methods we may employ to identify best pricing for the purchase of goods and services. Some of the other services we provide include:

  • Supplier management
  • Dispute resolution: pricing, delivery, services, non-performance
  • Facilitate auction and sale of surplus items
  • Contract negotiation
  • Product sourcing
  • Assistance with returns
  • Resolution of billing issues
  • Requests for quotes and proposals
  • New furniture requests
  • Facilitation of the following:
    • Used HP toner and cartridge recycling
    • Shredding bin exchanges
    • Water dispenser repair or exchange