education does business
Advancing your institution’s goals takes more than smart spending. Because in education, procurement isn’t just about transactions—it’s about connecting people with the resources they need to power learning.
It isn’t about adding another supplier to your network—it’s about cultivating the ones who can deliver real value to your education community—today and over the long term.
And it’s not just about automating source to-pay—it’s about adding the insight you need at every point in the process to drive innovation and support institutional goals.
At ESM, we believe intelligent procurement that puts relationships first can create lasting value for you, your suppliers, and your education community.
Connect processes across your procurement ecosystem for more efficient spend management
- A single marketplace for more intuitive purchasing.
- A sourcing app to help teams launch, publish, and evaluate events.
- A supplier portal for more efficient and effective supplier engagement.
- A central contract repository for better visibility and control.
Empower procurement to make smarter, faster decisions—from sourcing to receipt
- Establish evaluation and approval workflows to help teams make better decisions faster.
- Influence buyer behavior with intelligent tools to support better spend-performance.
- Fulfill orders and track inventory easily with integrated storeroom capabilities.
Work across the institution to contain costs, manage spend, and analyze performance
- Build a more diverse and sustainable supply chain.
- Improve compliance and reduce risk.
- Discover new opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
- Create touchless processes.
At ESM, we’re delivering dynamic new technologies, powered by community insight, to help you build, manage, and evolve the procurement ecosystem that’s right for your organization.
Your platform for procurement transformation
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Chief Executive Officer
Joshua started his career working with emerging technologies—including a high-growth start-up internet media company that was eventually purchased by Comcast. He is passionate about how technology can create new markets, improve lives, and bring about positive change—particularly in education at this critical moment. Joshua is committed to ESM’s philosophy of being “intelligent together.” He guides the company’s overall strategic direction, bringing people together to solve problems and deliver new capabilities to our customers.
“I’ve learned to appreciate the power of people. When people are passionate about what they do, they can achieve anything.”
Chief Product Officer
As Chief Product Officer, Richard is responsible for innovation, vision and product creation. Providing leadership and mentorship of ESM’s product management team, Richard’s team ensure ESM are creating products that deliver value to our education and supplier communities. Joining ESM from market leaders Cayuse, serving 550+ research institutions, Richard brings with him 20+ years of experience in EdTech product strategy. Prior to Cayuse, Richard held senior roles at both Oracle Higher Education and at ESM’s strategic alliance partner, Ellucian. Richard earned his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Manchester and a postgraduate diploma in computer science from Staffordshire University.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve has spent his career helping organizations improve their operations and finance strategies. At ESM, Steve focuses on building a transparent financial infrastructure that can deliver better business results through improved business analysis, budgeting, and forecasting. His experience in global higher education helps Steve identify challenges and drive change.
“I get great satisfaction from driving business transformation. When we understand what drives performance, we can pass those efficiency gains on to our customers and be more effective together.”
As Advisor to the Board, Mathew provides the ESM Executive Board with strategic, commercial and competitive oversight and active guidance to evolve ESM as a market leader serving education. Mathew also provides active coaching and mentorship for marketing, customer and revenue facing roles at ESM. Mathew brings with him 25+ years of experience in EdTech, including both advisory and senior executive roles with leading Education Technology providers including Ellucian and Tribal Group.
“ESM is helping education institutions to curate what is uniquely important to them in increasingly complex supply chains. That’s a mission attracting a talented team committed to making a difference.”
Chief Technology Officer
Harry brings a wealth of experience building agile and hybrid teams globally. He has more than 30 years of experience in software development leadership and information technology, and takes a customer-focused approach to developing software solutions. At ESM, Harry is responsible for our new and existing solutions, including cloud operations, software development, software deployment, and engineering support.
“Software has the power to change everything. And great teams have the power to create great software.”
Director of Professional Services at ESM Solutions Corporation
Norris has spent the majority of his career working within the higher education space, starting with his alma mater Western Maryland College (n.k.a. McDaniel College). He also held various administration positions that supported the implementation of new technical solutions at The Walt Disney World Company and other traditional and proprietary higher education organizations. These roles led Norris to hold functional and technical positions with Ellucian before joining the ESM Professional Services team. Norris leads the services team with a dedication to exceeding expectations and assisting customers in using technology to improve their business processes and gain efficiencies.
“No technical solution is perfect, but people can find a way to use technology to make improvements."