Paul Quinn

Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.

Paul joined the Civil Service in late January 2013 as the Government’s first CPO and is tasked with transforming procurement across the Public Service. In this role, he will lead a major efficiency drive on a total government spend on supplies and services of €9 billion, targeting savings for the tax-payer of €500m over 3 years. His new office, the Office of Government Procurement will for the first time bring together policy, strategy and operations. Procurement reform is a key programme within the government’s overall reform programme.

Paul previously worked with the largest Irish telecommunications company, eircom, and was Supply Chain Director there from 2007. Paul had responsibility for a number of group shared services functions within eircom including Procurement, Property, Transport & Logistics, Billing and Accounts Payable. He held other senior management roles in Operations, Change Management, Process & Systems Integration and Commercial.

He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Dublin City University, a Degree in Engineering from the College of Technology, Kevin Street and a Diploma in Accounting & Finance from the ACCA. He is married with 3 children and enjoys dinghy sailing for fun (even though he’s too old to be any good at it but won’t admit it!).