Buying at Northwestern

The Northwestern University Purchasing Resource Services team collaborates with departments and schools to deliver best-value procurement services.

Procurement Environment
Northwestern supports a procurement environment based on the understanding that departments and schools are in the best position to determine what they need to run their programs. Learn more about Northwestern's procurement environment and strategic sourcing.

Preferred Vendors
Preferred Vendors are those that have been awarded a contract by PRS for use by all departments and schools. We strongly encourage departments and schools to use Preferred Vendors.

Bid Process
If there is no Preferred Vendor for a product or service needed or if a Preferred Vendor does not meet the needs of a department or school, competitive bids may need to be solicited.

Procurement Methods

Approvals/Workflow

Receiving

Payment

Procurement-to-Payment Overview

Changes to Requisitions and Purchase Orders