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Information for Suppliers

Cognizant’s suppliers are integral to our business, delivering goods and services that both enable our business operations and support us in serving our clients.

Whether you are an existing supplier or currently being on-boarded, this site should provide you with everything you need.

Cognizant buys goods and services in 8 key categories:

  • Workplace & Corporate Real Estate
  • Corporate Security
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Professional Services
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Travel & Global Mobility
Doing business with Cognizant

Our Global Procurement function sets the supplier strategy across different categories and regions, selecting and vetting suppliers, putting in place agreements and managing relationships so the business can draw on suppliers’ products and services to do their jobs.

If you are an existing or a new supplier to Cognizant, you will need to comply with the following policies and guidance:

On successful onboarding of the supplier, the business is free to transact with a supplier as and when needed. The approved suppliers may be contacted by various parts of the business requesting goods or services.

Supplier Diversity at Cognizant

If you are a diverse-owned business and want to be considered for upcoming sourcing and procurement opportunities at Cognizant, we recommend you register on our portal here by selecting "Portals" then "Sign Up".

The portal has been designed in partnership with Certifiably Diverse to provide increased opportunities to diverse groups and facilitate connections; it is not a guarantee of work or projects.

You can review our Supplier Diversity Policy here.

Billing Cognizant and payment terms

While adding a new supplier to the Cognizant-approved supplier database, the Global Procurement team establishes payment terms. The Payment Terms in the database dictate when payments to suppliers will be made. Generally, Cognizant employs a "Net 90" payment term, meaning that the payment will be issued 90 days from the date that the suppliers’ invoice is received at the Accounts Payable address.

Cognizant’s Accounts Payable department is responsible for the timely processing of supplier invoices issued against approved purchase orders. Upon shipment of products or services performed as requested on the official purchase order, the supplier is required to submit all corresponding invoices in a timely manner directly to Accounts Payable (within 7 business days from shipment or service completion) as instructed on the purchase order.

As part of Cognizant's ongoing policy to continuously improve efficiency and service to customers and suppliers alike, we are implementing the next stage of our overall electronic strategy. The changes will affect how we send purchase orders (POs) and receive order confirmations and invoices to our accounts payable group.

Invoice submission guidelines

Cognizant uses the Ariba Network to transact with suppliers globally. Ariba is easy to use and offers several benefits for Cognizant suppliers.

The Ariba Network lets you do the following:

  • See all your Purchase Orders online and in one place
  • Submit your invoices directly, reducing error and speeding up payment process

Click here if you are new to Ariba and want to register for a standard account.

If you need information on how to navigate, upload invoices and other key features on Ariba:

Click here for APAC suppliers

Click here for EMEA suppliers

Click here for North America suppliers

Click here for India suppliers

Click here for LATAM suppliers 

Instructions for invoice submissions

Step 1: When a Cognizant customer initiates a purchase order in Ariba, the customer receives an email containing details and steps to create an account in Ariba. Click here to follow the instructions.

Step 2. Please inquire with the Cognizant Team to ensure you are in the Cognizant Ariba Network. Write to to check and confirm the information.

Step 3: Once confirmed, you can now process invoices directly in Ariba against the purchase order. 

  • Click here to follow the instructions. 
  • Click here to learn “How to Find Orders, Invoices and other documents."

We urge you to initiate invoices against the purchase order to ensure timely payment. If you have not received a purchase order from Cognizant, you can submit invoices by other means using the regional instructions below.

Click here for APAC suppliers

Click here for EMEA suppliers

Click here for North America suppliers

Click here for India suppliers

Click here for LATAM suppliers