The procurement guidelines of the University of St.Gallen (HSG) The procurement guidelines form a framework which reflects the University of St.Gallen’s comprehension of purchasing and contributes to the achievement of the University’s purchasing vision. The HSG Purchasing Vision consists of the three building blocks: “stringent strengthening of the compliance conformity”, “attainment of the global budget goals in line with the new performance agreement with the Canton” and “increasing the attractiveness for researchers and students.” Purchasing Guidelines as a part of the HSG Purchasing Vision The purchasing guidelines are addressed to all employees of the University of St.Gallen, who are currently or will in future be a part of the purchasing processes at the University, whether in the administration (centralized units) or in the institutes, research departments as well as the continuing education programs (decentralized units). Purchasing Guidelines The present purchasing guidelines should demonstrate the University of St.Gallen’s basic understanding of its own procurement division with its essential requirements and elements. They serve as a reference point for the concrete overview of both strategic and organizational as well as operational tasks. Furthermore, the guidelines provide a framework within which all purchasing processes should take place. All centralized as well as decentralized purchasing processes are always subject to the provisions of the HSG purchasing guidelines as well as the requirements of the public procurement of the Canton of St.Gallen (see downloads, statute book). Contact Person for Purchases The position of a chief purchasing officer (CPO) at the University of St.Gallen was created as a central point of contact for all questions concerning purchasing. The chief purchasing officer plans and controls the workflows in the purchasing process of the HSG as whole and thus ensures the smooth operation of the University in the fields of demand planning and material procurement. Until the position of the HSG chief purchasing officer is filled, Martin Hänsel is available as the contact person to answer any purchasing-related questions.