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Purchasing Roles

Departments and schools should adjust their internal business processes to be appropriately aligned with the functionality of NUFinancials. Departments and schools also need to assess the core responsibilities of staff and make sure they assign the right roles (Requester, Shopper and Approver) to the right individuals.

The following purchasing roles can be assigned to staff:

Role Purchasing Tool Assigned to:
Requester iBuyNU and NUFinancials Determined by school/department
Shopper iBuyNU All employees
Approver NUFinancials Determined by school/department;
PPS, ASRSP, Research Safety

Advantages of assigning roles

Training for roles

End users should be appropriately trained based on the roles assigned to them. Training information is available on the myHR Learn website.

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