Center for Shared Services

The Financial Services team is dedicated to providing exceptional service for financial inquiries related to procurement, travel, reimbursements, billing, accounts receivables and reconciliations.  The team provides the following services for the areas below, but do not hesitate to ask for help at csshelp even if the service you need is not listed.


We leverage the procurement purchasing power of the institution, reducing the overall cost of goods and services, facilitating the acquisition of all necessary items. Services include:

  • Purchasing common goods and services
  • Collaborating with departments to get the best terms and pricing on high-dollar purchases
  • Sourcing and negotiating the terms and pricing for specialized goods and services agreements
  • Supporting the university’s Diversity and Sustainability goals and aspirations


Working with travelers, the CSS team will help you navigate the travel and reimbursement process. We will:

  • Arrange travel (if needed)
  • Ensure you are meeting all UW travel and reimbursement requirements

Please see  Travel Information for services provided or contact us at csshelp.

 Accounts Payable (reimbursements)

Accounts Payable is responsible for the payment of goods and services to vendors as well as reimbursements to individuals for costs incurred as part of University business. With an emphasis on maintaining controls, we provide innovative approaches to streamlining the payment process, especially for frequent, university-wide purchases.

Expense Management

The CSS team of experts reviews your expense reports in a complete, accurate, and timely manner.  Our team tracks expenses, manages receipts and reconciles transactions all centered around your financial needs.

Billing and receivables management

We will bill internal and external customers for costs incurred doing business with the UW. Our team will work with customers to remit payments, reconcile billing and receivables transactions and follow-up with customers on outstanding payments.

Financial Management

We perform monthly financial review and reconciliation of your budgets and accounts. Our team reviews your financial transactions to locate any misplaced or high-risk transactions before they become a problem.

Management reporting

We provide periodically scheduled reports to Units and UW internal audit to support the Units business operations.

We routinely measure our performance against your expectations and continuously look for ways to improve our delivery and your satisfaction with our services.