Getting Started

Making contact with the appropriate member of the Purchasing Department is the first crucial first step to successfully participating in the Imperial purchasing process. Failure to make initial contact with the appropriate purchasing representative may jeopardise your ability to conduct business with Imperial. We strongly recommend that you contact the purchasing representative responsible for your area of business and schedule an appointment prior to visiting any of our locations as access may be denied. This will guarantee the availability of the purchasing representative and enable us to be better prepared to learn more about your company and its capabilities.

Competitive Bidding

When Imperial has a need for a supply requirement that cannot be fulfilled by an existing preferred supply agreement we will either invite competitive quotations or tenders from suppliers. The bidding method adopted will depend very much on the value of the requirement. At present competitive bids are either invited in writing or by email. However, we are in the early stages of developing a system where requests for quotations will be managed electronically via the Web through a new Imperial electronic bidding system. Thereafter it is anticipated that the majority of our requirements will be advertised on the Web for suppliers to view and express an interest in bidding.

Throughout the entire competitive bidding process, business at Imperial will be conducted in a fair, ethical and professional manner to ensure that suppliers have an opportunity to bid. The tender period for suppliers to prepare their bid shall be no less than two weeks.  Pricing and other proprietary data furnished by a supplier during the process shall remain confidential. Evaluation will be carried out against set criteria where published , or if no criteria are published, the most economically advantageous tender.  All unsuccessful vendors will also be promptly and courteously informed of the outcome.

Business Opportunities

New suppliers can become preferred suppliers once they have developed a sound business relationship with Imperial. Please note new suppliers are discouraged from making unsolicited visits to departments.

Terms of Business

All Imperial College orders shall be placed under Imperial College London Standard Terms and Conditions  (pdf).‌