Step 1 - Identify Your Need
Assess whether there is there a clear business need for the product or service.
Any procurement requirement in LIT should be essential for the conduct of normal business or neccessary to improve performance.
Look at the market.
It is recommended that buyers undertake market analysis prior to tendering in order to better understand the range of goods and services on offer, market developments and innovation, the various commercial models that may be available, the competitive landscape and the specific capabilities of SMEs etc.
Initial consultation with the market should not have the effect of precluding or distorting competition. To ensure transparency, any information provided by potential buyers during this process should be circulated to any potential tenderers. As always the Procurement Office is happy to provide advive or guidance in this regard.
Step 2 - Obtain Approval For Value Of Spend
If you are intending to purchase a product or service on behalf of LIT please consider the following:
If you are not a budget holder, please refer your requirement to the relevant budget holder for your Deapartment or Project. It is the responsibility of each LIT budget holder to ensure that all purchasing within their area/department complies with LIT policies and procedures.
While purchase orders may be requested by any employee of the Institute, the purchase must be authorised by the relevant budget holder before a purchase order is placed.
All approved spending limits are subject to annual budgets approved by the LIT Governing Body and to the annual allocated budget made to the Institute by HEA. Each budget holder is ultimately responsible for purchase orders made from his/her budget on Agresso (LIT Finance System).