By Damon Norris
Why does a school need a procurement manager or department?
This is a very popular question. A lot of schools do not see the value, or are too busy trying to run the education side of the business rather than seeing what is right before them. Procurement, also known as purchasing, is the one spot that, when running on all cylinders, can drive savings on almost every purchase large or small. Some schools have been slow to adopt this idea, but what they need to understand is that procurement is a free department!
“But how,” you may ask, when you include rent, salaries, benefits and other costs associated with employment?