Purchasing Division

Central Purchasing
Contact Information

322 Peterson Service Bldg.
411 S Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506-0005

Phone: 859 257-9100
Fax: 859-257-1951

Campus Departments Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Reference the Purchasing/AP Quick Reference Guide http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/docs/quickrefguide.pdf for information on what items may be purchased using the procurement card. Staff working in HealthCare and Facilities Management areas have more restrictive procurement card policy and should consult their respective business units for guidance.

Under the Kentucky Model Procurement Code, a personal service contract is an agreement whereby an individual, firm, partnership, or corporation is to perform certain services requiring professional skill or professional judgment for a specified period of time at an agreed upon price. Personal service contracts are governed by the state, require additional approvals, and have a lower solicitation threshold than most commodities. Common services associated with PSC's include attorneys, design, architectural firms, consulting, licensed professionals, etc. More information about PSC's -- including training and related forms -- can be found on the Purchasing website at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/persvctrain.htm.

See above answer regarding Personal Service Contracts.

Departments do not have authority to sign written agreements with vendors. Only a Purchasing representative has the authority to review and sign a written vendor agreement. In addition to containing terms which are not legal for a state agency to agree, the liability can be tremendous. Failure to obtain proper review can leave the signatory at personal liability. In addition usually the existence of a vendor agreement will require the SAP requisition process.

Information regarding the Office Supplies Cost Containment Program, including information on Restricted items, can be found on the Purchasing Division website at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/officesupplies.htm

A complete list of commodities purchased by the University with buyer assignments can be found on the Purchasing website at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/commoditylist.pdf.

A complete list of all staff with contact information can be found on the Purchasing website at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/purchemail.htm.

Contracting structure for goods and services purchased by the University can range from very restrictive to having some flexibility depending on the individual commodity. In general departments should utilize the University's contracted vendors for purchases. Contact the appropriate Purchasing staff person at 257-9100 (or visit http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/purchemail.htm) if you have a question about purchasing a specific product from a non-contracted vendor.

The end user at the hospital must initiate and approve any new trial and must submit the trial through the appropriate Hospital channels for approval and have a no charge PO assigned from Purchasing for tracking purposes.

Where/How to Buy -- Process Questions

A listing of University price contracts can be found on the Purchasing website at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/pcts.html. Many documents are also available for download as .pdf files.

Contact the vendor via phone or email to inquire about delivery status of the order. If needed the purchase order number can be found on the status tab of the SAP requisition. If there appears to be a problem with the order, contact the Purchasing buyer that processed the PO for guidance. This information can be found on the Contact tab of the requisition.


A full listing of SAP training classes with online registration, including web-based courses, is available at: http://www.uky.edu/IRIS/tr//.

The ability to perform any process in SAP is based on permissions which result from the employee taking and successfully passing the applicable role-based classes for their work. Staff persons needing to enter requisitions into SAP must have taken and passed the REQ 300 Requisition class which is available at http://www.uky.edu/IRIS/tr/. Reference materials are included in the training. If you have additional questions beyond the reference materials,contact UKPurchasing@uky.edu.

Click Services for Object icon in upper left hand corner of the requisition screen. Select "Create Attachment" and select the path and file you would like to attach. The requisition must be in write mode. Click the save icon to complete.

The costs for requisition line items can be split among multiple (up to 99) cost centers and WBS elements. Split accounting can be accomplished by selecting Cost Assignment Category X and then completing the Account Assignment section with the various cost assignments and their corresponding percentages or values.

Selection of the correct GL is the responsibility of the unit or department. Purchasing does not have the authority to determine correct GL accounts for a requisition. Requisitions for capital equipment (computing equipment having $1000 or greater cost per piece, non-computing equipment having $2000 or greater cost per piece) must have a capital GL assigned in order to be processed. Consult your unit or department business or budget officer if additional assistance is needed.

Approval of requisitions is a departmental role. Requisitions route to one or more department approvers immediately upon saving in the system. Initial information on approvers and requisition status can be found via the Display Requisition transaction code (ME53N). More detailed information can be found by clicking the "Services for Object" icon in the upper left corner of the requisition screen. Click Workflow and follow the Workflow Services path.

Staff persons required to approve requisitions must have taken and passed the APP 310 Approver class which is available at http://www.uky.edu/IRIS/tr/. Reference materials are included in the training. If you have additional questions beyond the reference materials, contact UKPurchasing@uky.edu. In addition approvers must be registered in the "Approvers Table" to facilitate proper workflow of requisitions to their inboxes. Contact Judith Carpenter (phone: 257-1595, email: col051@email.uky.edu) concerning questions on the Approvers Table.

After a requisition is created, it follows the below sequence:

1. The requisition moves to the SAP inbox of one or more unit or department approvers. Status information on approval can be found on the Release Strategy tab of the requisition. Extended approval information can be found via the Services for Object icon in the upper left corner of the requisition screen and following the Workflow Services path.

2. Once the requisition is approved, it moves to the buyer in Purchasing responsible for executing the purchase. The responsible Purchasing buyer can be found on the Contact Person tab of the requisition. The processing state of the requisition can be found on the Status tab. Every purchase is different and may require the application of different protocols related to contracts, bids, federal/state/University policy, etc. Once a purchase order has been processed and placed with the vendor, the purchase order number can be found on the Status tab. If you have questions on a specific order, contact the buyer listed on the Contact tab.

Staff persons required to perform online receiving must have taken and passed the REC 320 Receiving class which is available at http://www.uky.edu/IRIS/tr/. Reference materials are included in the training. If you have additional questions beyond the reference materials, contact UKPurchasing@uky.edu.

From the purchase order display screen (transaction ME23N), go to the Purchase Order History Tab. Click on the invoice receipt number. On the next screen click "Follow-On Documents" and click Accounting Document. Double click the vendor line item on the next screen. On the final screen, click Environment / Check Information.


Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is an SAP e-procurement product that utilizes a web-based platform. It enables departments to procure goods and services via a Shopping Cart environment and incorporates the use of electronic catalogs. Reporting data and other related mechanisms reside in SAP and the systems communicate together in real time. Goods confirmations (i.e., receiving) take place within SRM as well. SRM is the University's formal procurement system.

Any persons authorized to perform procurement functions for their department or area are required to complete training. This includes administrative/other staff or faculty responsible for purchases on behalf of their departments or units. SRM is currently utilized by all University areas with the exception of UK HealthCare, College of Medicine, and Facilities. These areas continue to use SAP as their procurement system until transitioning to SRM.

Visit http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/docs/establish_roles.docx to learn about roles affiliated with SRM and how to access required training.

A Shopping Cart is the object utilized within SRM for departmental “Shoppers” to order goods and services. Some items can be added to the cart from electronic “punch-out” catalogs located on vendors' websites. For non-catalog items, the Shopper enters needed items as “free text”. Once approved, carts are converted into purchase orders and placed with vendors.

The Personalized Object Work List (POWL) is a key component of the SRM user’s work environment. It serves as the user’s “dashboard” and contains document queries, search functions, and other tools used within the SRM environment.

Quick Criteria Maintenance is the document search feature located within the POWL. Document searches can be conducted based on a number of criteria. It can be hidden when not in use for better screen management.

Delivery setup within SRM is a two-part process. First, the Shopper establishes their building address within initial Personal Settings. The building address automatically flows into every Shopping Cart by default. As the second step, the contact person's name, floor, and room number must be added within the Set Values section of each cart. If needed, the entire delivery address on a cart can be overwritten to a new address. More information regarding delivery address can be found at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/srmquickrefcards.htm

The Purchasing/AP Quick Reference Guide dictates the correct method by commodity type and can be found on the Purchasing website at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/docs/quickrefguide.pdf.

Punch-out catalogs are electronic in nature and located on external vendor websites. In creating a Shopping Cart, the user selects a catalog from which to browse and buy items. Once needed items are selected, the item data transfers from the vendor’s punch-out catalog back to the SRM Shopping Cart. Items for which punch-out catalogs do not exist are entered as “Free Text” within the Shopping Cart.

If the needed supplier cannot be found through the Preferred Supplier vendor search on the Shopping Cart, they must complete and submit a Vendor Application (found at: http://www.uky.edu/eForms/forms/vendapp-sap.pdf) to be added to the database. If desired, users can also access SAP T-code XK-03 within SAP to perform searches on vendor information via a different interface.

Some types of orders process better in “reverse” format. Reverse orders are entered as one line item with a lump sum dollar amount for the entire order, regardless whether the quote has multiple lines. Reverse format is usually used for complex purchases such as furniture, printing, computers, or equipment consisting of many components. It may also be used for orders that span a length of time and require monthly payments, e.g., equipment rental. For Reverse Shopping Carts, the Shopper enters the dollar amount in the Quantity cell, LOT as the unit of measure, and $1.00 as the net price.

All SRM Shopping Carts route to the appropriate approver(s) based on the assigned cost object(s). Once a cart is ordered, Approver information can be found in the bottom Details section of the cart on the Approval Process Overview tab. If the cart is not yet approved, the section will display the names of all Approvers assigned to the cart. If the cart has been approved, the section will reflect who approved the cart along with date and time of the event.

A number of resources related to SRM are available on the Purchasing Division website. The SRM main page (http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/SRM.htm) includes reference materials for each SRM role, information on training steps, role combinations, etc. A second page on the Purchasing website (http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/srmquickrefcards.htm) has a number of “Quick Reference Cards” with information and steps for carrying out specific tasks within SRM.

Vendor Information

The University does not maintain an "approved vendor list". Vendors who have received contracts as the result of competitive bid processes should be the first source of supply. A listing of vendors holding price contracts can be found at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/pcts.html. A listing of vendors holding licenses for promotional products can be found at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/promoitems.htm. There is an Approved Caterers list available on the Purchasing website at: http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/catererslist.htm.

The full listing of vendors in SAP can be found using the vendor search function within the requisition screen or transaction code XK03.

The University utilizes PaymentWorks, a third-party, cloud-based platform to invite and register vendors to conduct business. To be entered into the University's vendor database, staff or faculty can access PaymentWorks through the Enterprise Services tab within myUK. If needed, steps and additional information are available on the Quick Reference Cards page on the Purchasing website. Registration into the University vendor database does not confer approval or preference onto a vendor for a purchase transaction in any way.

Invitation of a vendor through PaymentWorks only registers them into the vendor database in the event the University may execute a business transaction with them. It does not confer any type of approval or preference onto a vendor, nor does it in any way pre-qualify a vendor for a purchase transaction.

As the University's W-9 and Sales Tax Exemption Forms are proprietary and sensitive documents, they cannot be posted on the web for public access. Please contact our front desk at 257-9100 or email UKPurchasing@uky.edu for assistance

Payment Information

All invoices for the academic campus are handled by and should be sent to UK Accounts Payable, Room 331 Peterson Service Building, Campus. Vendors' mailing address for invoices to Accounts Payable is PO Box 77-00056, Lexington, KY 40506-0005. Invoices on hospital cost centers should be sent to UK HealthCare Finance, Hospital Accounting, 2347 Sterlington, Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40517-9897.

After the vendor receives a purchase order and delivers the goods or services, they must send an invoice to either Accounts Payable or Hospital Accounting, as applicable, to be posted. The department must also create a goods receipt in SAP to show satisfactory receipt of the goods/services. Once both events are complete, a check payment will process based on the payment terms of the purchase order. If a check has not paid, then either the goods receipt or invoice has not been posted, or the payment terms date has not yet been reached.