Whether you're a new or seasoned employee at Northwestern, keeping up-to-date with University business processes is essential. Tip: Begin with HRD700- Introduction to University Business Processes.
Click any of the University Business Process titles below to begin. Please note that not all courses are offered year-round. To find the next session for your desired course, click on the "Find Upcoming Sessions" link at the end of the description. You can also view a schedule of upcoming classes in our summer catalog or our online calendar in PlanIt Purple.
Introduction to University Business Processes is an online module that explores Northwestern’s business environment and framework for compliance, while identifying key University business terms, systems, departments and policies. It is recommended that employees view this online module before viewing additional business process modules.
Effective Business Operations: A Guide to Internal Controls helps University employees to effectively and efficiently administer operations; keep reliable financial records; produce accurate reports; comply with University policies, procedures, laws and regulations; and safeguard University assets.
Purchasing and Payments builds from Introduction to University Business Processes and Effective Business Operations by exploring purchasing processes in depth.
Purchasing and Payments consists of a series of self-paced online modules and Process Maps, accessible anytime from a web-enabled PC or Mac. No registration is required.
Learn Northwestern’s purchasing philosophy and how to make best value purchases when dealing with a variety of suppliers.
It's recommended that you begin by viewing the Introduction and Overview module. Additional modules will be posted as they become available. Please check back or follow us on Twitter for updates.
The following Process Maps were created as a learning tool as part of Purchasing and Payments, but have come to be a more broadly used on-the-job tool for day-to-day assistance with purchasing and payments processes.
These Process Maps follow the same procurement process that is explored in the online module.
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The following Process Map below is being updated to reflect the new look and feel and will be posted as soon as it is available.
Reference the Purchasing and Payment Methods Quick Reference Guide for additional guidance, and see the Finance, Facilites, and Research Administration web site for information on Finance, Facilites, and Research Administration training.