Left to right: Maria Cooney, Dorothy Walshe, Denise O’Malley & Louise Mangan

EPS Corporate Services has responsibility for the administration of the organisation. The CS team works closely with our partners across the education sector in developing tools of engagement for improved efficiency and performance under the national procurement model.

Our corporate events will link you with representatives from across education, DES, OGP, HEA and other relevant bodies.

EPS Corporate Services supports the implementation of policies and procedures for national procurement.

The following is an example of some of the areas covered:

Information Events

March 2019 – Laboratory Supplier Communication Day

This event was an important part of the EPS partner engagement process and will contribute to the development of the Category Management Strategy for Laboratory and Research.

Workshops/focus groups across education

October 2019 – The Corporate Services team held Multi Annual Procurement Plan (MAPP) clinics with all the HEIs. The clinics provided a forum for discussion around planning and scoping future requirements.

Corporate procurement planning

The development and roll out of the CPP across the HEIs and ETBs was coordinated by the Corporate Services Team.


May 2019 – EPS Corporate services organised the Higher Education Summit in partnership with the HEA. It emphasised the importance of planning for the future to ensure better outcomes through the delivery of value for money savings as well as consideration of social and environmental factors to help promote sustainability.

April 2019 – The Education Training Boards of Ireland ran a very successful conference in April 2019. The day gave valuable insights into the need for good governance, consistency and transparency in the expenditure of public funds. EPS partnered with the ETBI to develop the Education and Training Board’s (ETB) Corporate Procurement Plan (CPP) template and Multi Annual Procurement Plan (MAPP), tailored specifically to meet the needs of the ETB’s.

L to R: Denise O’Malley (Corporate Service Manager, EPS), Mary Rose Cremin (Director, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte), Paul O’Toole (Interim CEO, HEA), Joe McHugh, TD (Minister for Education and Skills), Philip Gurnett (Head of Sourcing Education, EPS), David Mangan (Portfolio Manager, EPS), Paul Quinn (CEO, OGP) and Eleanor Stokes (Key Account Manager, OGP)

April 2018 – The Higher Education Summit was held at St. Laurence’s, DIT Grangegorman.

The Summit saw EPS launch the Corporate Procurement Plan (CPP) template for the Higher Education sector. Speakers included Philip Gurnett, EPS Director and Head of Sourcing Education , Graham Love, Chief Executive of the HEA and Deirdre McDonnell, Assistant Secretary General, Major Operations Division, Department of Education and Skills, Mary Rose Cremin, Deloitte, Mags O’Callaghan, Office of Government Procurement. Denise O’Malley, EPS Corporate Service Manager launched the CPP at the summit. The pack contained the MAPP template and guidelines as an appendix to the CPP to support users in completing the reports.

The summit outlined the benefits of adopting the CPP uniformly across education to provide compliance, strong governance, openness, transparency and deliver best value for money for the tax payer.

May 2017 – The Higher Education Procurement Summit was held in Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle.

The Summit was organised by EPS in conjuction with the Higher Education Authority. Speakers included Philip Gurnett, EPS Director and Head of Sourcing Education, Graham Love, Chief Executive of the HEA, Mary Rose Cremin, Deloitte, Mags O’Callaghan, Office of Government Procurement and Seán Ó Foghlú, the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills. The event brought together key personnel from Higher Education Institutions to discuss the common challenges faced and opportunities arising given the government decision to centralise procurement. The summits key message was the importance of good procurement compliance and governance throughout the Education sector with the support of the Department of Education and Skills, the Higher Education Authority and the Education Procurement Service. The summit was well received by the attendees.

Other areas of support provided by Corporate Services include:

  • Communications
  • Data Analytics and reporting education sector future procurement requirements

Procurement Planning Support and Guidance

The Multi-Annual Procurement Plan (MAPP) template for Higher Education is available by request at info@educationprocurementservice.ie.

Public Procurement Guidelines for Goods and Services

Uploaded 05/06/2019