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Supplier Resources

A Guide for Prospective Suppliers

The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League institution with annual purchases of over $1 billion. Penn is the largest private employer in the city of Philadelphia and second largest private employer in the State of Pennsylvania.

About Purchasing Services

Purchasing Services, operating within the University's Business Services Division, has oversight of strategic sourcing, contracting, and supplier management, as well as stewardship of Penn's procurement systems and processes.

The work of Purchasing Services and the resolve of its senior leadership to prioritize procurement and supply chain excellence enable Penn to leverage its buying power and maximize value in its supply chain.  The team is committed to ensuring that its suppliers and various initiatives meet the unique needs of the faculty and staff it serves.

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Supplier Expectations

It is the goal of Purchasing Services to ensure that the products and services procured by Penn meet the needs of its faculty and staff. Our most successful suppliers are those who understand our culture, requirements, and expectations, while at the same time recognizing Penn's interest in continuous improvement and innovation.  Consistent with the mission of the overall division, our underlying philosophy is to provide our customers with high quality service and efficient and effective buying methods in a fiscally responsible manner. Being a service provider within the University, Purchasing Services shares Penn's status as a not-for-profit organization and proceeds earned from any supplier partnership support the costs associated with maintaining the operation of the organization.

Commitment to a Economic Inclusion

Purchasing Services is committed to providing local and diversity businesses as much opportunity to compete for business as practically possible.  As such we engage extensively with internal and external partners to help advance our economic inclusion goals.