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About Us

Introduction to the Purchasing Department
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees has delegated purchasing authority to the University Purchasing Department for the acquisition of equipment, materials, supplies and services for the university. With University Purchasing's oversight, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the OSU Medical Center (OSUMC) have purchasing authority to facilitate the procurement process specific to their area's unique needs.

University Purchasing leverages the institution's buying power to develop strategic relationships with suppliers and implements cost-effective contracts. Their expertise ensures that procurement decisions will be made in the best interest of the university and in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.

Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
Procure high-quality goods and services at the best value by managing the supply chain.

Coordinate collaborative purchasing projects across purchasing departments to support the "one university" vision.

Deliver user friendly procurement methods, training programs, customer service and support to the financial community.

Incorporate social, economical and environmental standards in purchasing practices and policies.

Participate in state-wide collaborative purchasing initiatives to support higher education cost-savings goals.
* Note: Purchasing departments at OSUMC and OSP may have additional and/or different roles and responsibilities.