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Strategic Sourcing

The Strategic Sourcing Department coordinates supplier registrations, researches potential new sources of supply, and works closely with internal leadership to identify and promote preferred supplier relationships. Our corporate Intranet features a Strategic Sourcing procurement portal, Art Mart, where employees can find preferred supplier contacts and self-service ordering sites, policies, procedures, and other useful information that facilitates procurement decisions. The department’s staff monitors supplier performance, regularly reviews volume-purchasing agreements and pricing, enforces contractual terms and conditions, maintains payment systems, and resolves disputes and customer service issues as needed. The Art Institute of Chicago’s preferred method of payment for goods and services is the VISA Corporate Purchasing Card (PCard).

The Art Institute of Chicago/SAIC Diverse Supplier Registration

In meeting our procurement needs, the Art Institute of Chicago actively promotes the participation of certified minority, women, LGBT, and disabled business enterprises. In addition, the Art Institute of Chicago encourages the suppliers with which we have business relationships to also make diversity a priority in the goods and services that they manufacture or provide to us.

Diverse suppliers can register with us by submitting the online Supplier Information Form. The Strategic Sourcing Department will compile and validate the information. Registered suppliers will then be added to our database of potential supplier resources for consideration as bids and projects arise. Follow-up meetings and additional inquiry may be required.

Supplier Certification

The Art Institute of Chicago requires that diverse suppliers be certified through organizations, which validate ownership and operations requirements to qualify as a diverse business. Those local and national organizations include:

Please address all inquiries to:

The Art Institute of Chicago
Strategic Sourcing Department
Supplier Diversity
116 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 700 Chicago, IL 60603