About Purchasing

The Indiana University Mission

Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University's mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.


The IU Purchasing Mission & Vision

To support Indiana University’s mission of Teaching, Research, Community Service and Civic Engagement, through leadership, creativity, innovation, execution, engagement and productivity.  To cultivate and manage faculty, staff and supplier relationships in order to achieve the purchasing proposition of best value through best practices. To reduce costs and enable growth through improved efficiencies, strategic sourcing, risk mitigation and market intelligence. To do this while complying with all applicable laws, regulations and policies. Our vision is to be recognized as a world-class purchasing organization.   


Our Commitment

  • Provide exceptional customer service at all times to all people
  • Be a valued Business Partner for all constituents (internal & external)
  • Develop an agile and innovative supplier base
  • Increase business value derived from spend analysis
  • Develop contracts  that provide the greatest value for the customer and the University
  • Be a negotiating and sourcing resource to the institution
  • Continuously review and engage in process improvement
  • Maintain the highest ethical and professional business environment
  • Support the University’s sustainability initiatives
  • Create opportunities for minority, women-owned, and small business suppliers
  • Strive for excellence in all that we do

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