Topic: Supplier Basics

Who at U-M can sign official documents?

Employees are not authorized to sign contracts on behalf of U-M. Signature authority for contracts and agreements has been delegated to the director of procurement services and is further sub-delegated to the Procurement Services buying team. The Procurement Services team coordinates the processing of all contracts and agreements that require authorized signatures. U-M’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel may also need to review documents, so please allow adequate time for this process.

Can I schedule a meeting with someone to discuss my company’s goods or services?

After suppliers have registered and been added to the database, we will determine if there is a need/demand for your services. If there is, you’ll be contacted \with information about the next steps. Many times, contact is not made by a procurement agent until a contract is up for competitive bid, so it could take a number of months or years before a supplier is contacted by Procurement Services.