The following procedures should be followed for purchase of goods and services greater than $500. For purchases under $500, please see Citizens Bank Purchasing Card Procedures and Accounts Payable.
Step 1: Purchase Requisition Form
A two-part purchase requisition form is filled out and signed by the department head or other authorized individual. The first copy is submitted to Purchasing and the second copy is for the department’s files. Step by step instructions are located on the back of the form. Please be sure to use the general ledger number with an object code (last four digits) that is relevant to the type of purchase you are making. If you do not have budgeted monies for the appropriate object code, contact the Budget Director at extension 4-6032. For restricted funds, purchase requisitions must also be approved by the Associate Controller - Financial Reporting or Controller.
Step 2a: Purchase Order Form
Upon Receipt of the Purchase Requisition Form, the Purchasing department prepares a Purchase Order. The original P.O. is sent to the vendor and two copies of the P.O. are sent to the requisitioning department. The pink copy is for the department's permanent file. The yellow copy (receiving report) is to be retained by the department until the goods are received or services are performed. For those requests received prior 1:00 p.m., a P.O. will be generated on the same day.
Step 2b: Annual Purchase Order
An Annual Purchase Order is used on a limited basis to eliminate repetitive requisitions to the same vendor. Supplies or services are drawn against these orders as needed by the designated departmental representative, contacting the vendor directly. The Director of Purchasing must approve all annual purchase orders.
Step 3a: Authorizing Payment Upon Receipt of Goods or Services
All goods and services should be reviewed and/or inspected immediately upon receipt by an individual in the department authorized to sign for such receipt. If a shipment is complete for all items on a Purchase Order, sign and date the receiving copy of the Purchase Order (yellow copy) in the Receiving Signature box and return the yellow copy and the invoice to the Accounts Payable Department.
Step 3b: Damages and Shortages
If goods are found to be unacceptable for any reason or if a department wishes to return merchandise, contact the Purchasing department immediately. Arrangements will be made for the goods to be picked up and returned to the vendor. This process is begun by filling out a Change Order, which should be completed with the assistance of a Purchasing employee.
Step 3c: Partial Shipments
If a partial delivery of the original order has been received:
• Make a photocopy of the receiving report of the Purchase Order
• Circle and date each item received.
• Sign and date in the applicable partial shipment box.
• Submit this photocopy to the Accounts Payable Department along with the invoice. Repeat this procedure for subsequent partial shipments.
• When final shipment is received, circle and date on the original yellow form the final items received; sign and date in the Receiving Signature box and submit this original to the Accounts Payable Department.
Orders of $5,000 or More
When you are contemplating a purchase of $5,000 or more for your Department, please notify the Purchasing Director before contacting vendors so we may guide you through the bidding process. Purchasing staff is available to provide you with sample bidding documents and eligible vendor lists for certain commodities. For all purchases over $5,000, three (3) written bids, quotations and/or proposals are required before the College can commit to the purchase. Copies of the bids or proposals must be submitted to Purchasing along with the Purchasing Requisition. For orders where you believe that there is only one qualified vendor, you must obtain the Purchasing Director’s approval on a Sole Source Justification Form before initiating the procurement or contract renewal process.
Confirming Orders are not acceptable except in an emergency situation. The Purchasing Director reserves the right to reject confirming orders and to hold the individual who submitted the order personally responsible for the costs of the goods or services.
A Change Order for is used to make changes to an order after the Purchase Order has been generated and submitted to the vendor. Change orders should be completed for:
• Increases in total price over 10%
• Increasing or unencumbering funds on an Annual PO
• Changes in quantity or individual price when the vendor requires a revised Purchase Order
• Changing account numbers
• Updating vendor information
Supporting documentation should be provided with change order whenever possible.