USC values the quality of its suppliers and the strength of its collaborative partnerships. The departments of Business Services work in tandem with university suppliers to provide professional, responsive, and quality goods and services in support of the University of Southern California’s (USC) academic, research, social and economic goals. Additionally, Procurement Services collaborates with the Small Business Diversity Office (SBDO) to reach the university’s goal to procure, regardless of source of funds, 15% of all purchases with diverse suppliers, including woman, minority, and veteran-owned businesses.

For Suppliers

USC values the quality of its suppliers and the strength of its partnerships. The departments of Business Services work with university suppliers to provide quality goods and services.

Becoming a Supplier

USC suppliers must meet certain minimum criteria and will only be invited to apply at the request of a  USC department. The university does not accept unsolicited supplier applications.

Status of…

After you complete and submit your application to become a supplier, USC Supplier Data Management Services will contact you via email within five (5) business days indicating status.

Getting Paid

The USC department with which you are doing business will issue a payment request to generate payment to you. USC’s standard payment terms for DV Suppliers are Net 1.

Stopping a Payment

Suppliers must inform the appropriate USC department contact of lost checks and/or payment errors. The department will work with Payment Services to resolve the issue.

Detecting and Reporting Fraud

Several of our valued suppliers have alerted us to an active email scam involving purchase orders and requests for product quotations.

USC Small Business Diversity Office

The USC Small Business Diversity Office (USC SBDO) commitment to diversity includes promoting the use of small local and diverse suppliers in the university’s procurement activities.

Bidding Process

USC Procurement Services is now using a new platform for bid events. Over the next few months this new platform will officially replace the university’s former bidding system, BidSync.

Current Bidding Opportunities

Requests to participate in a bid will be accepted until the bid deadline. Upon receipt of a request to participate, the USC contact associated with the project will provide qualification criteria and details on how to participate in the bid event.

Tax Assessment

The University of Southern California must comply with all local, state and federal tax regulations. The university cannot extend tax advice. If you have questions regarding tax regulations please consult a tax professional.

Forms and Documents for USC Suppliers

Important forms, informational documents, and related information for USC Suppliers.

Archived Bidding Opportunities

See here for past archived bidding opportunities.

Contacts for Suppliers

To ensure that suppliers reach the office that can best address any questions or issues related to doing business with the university, Business Services maintains the following subject-specific email addresses.

USC Policies for Suppliers

The policies listed provide information on how USC does business with suppliers: Diverse Supplier Guidelines, Conflict of Interest in Professional and Business Practices, Third Party Integrity and Accountability Code, Invoice Payments, and Suppliers and Competition.