Before beginning your "assessment", let's outline the scope of what is being covered in this area. For the purposes of this exercise, we are defining the Purchasing Process as follows:
The "upstream" processes of Purchase-to-Pay (P2P).

Indirect goods and services - everything your organisation purchases to support operating the business, not including raw materials or products purchased in high volume for manufacturing or resale:
  • Routine commodity items such as office or maintenance supplies
  • More technical items such as computer equipment or software where an expert buyer may be involved in addition to the employee who needs the item
  • Capital items and specialised services (note: normally, the full process for these items will also include processes covered by Sourcing and Supplier Engagement)

Business process:
  • From: employee purchase request or requisition
  • Through: authorisation (or denial)
  • To: purchase order placement
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