Conference Day One

Tuesday 22 March

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08:15 | Registration and welcome coffee

08:50 | Opening remarks from the chair

Coretta Bessi, Chief Procurement Officer, NBN Co

Finding inspiration to develop core competencies of contemporary, procurement leaders

09:00 | INSPIRATIONAL PRESENTATION: Leading by example – how Karen Carmichael has found inspiration in others while battling against breast cancer

During this session, you will hear an amazing experience from Karen Carmichael and how being able to work with unprivileged – yet enthusiastic – kids has inspired her.

  • Discovering what inspired Karen and how from that point onwards, her life has changed
  • What are Karen’s essential learnings in this experience – and how can the same efforts be applied in all other areas of your life?
  • Using leadership skills to inspire others to achieve their dreams – and being inspired by them in return

Karen Carmichael, Chief Financial Officer, Versent

09:30 | SENIOR LEADER KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Overcoming challenges in your career and forging a path into a leadership role

  • Identifying the biggest challenges and opportunities for progressing your career in procurement
  • Clarifying your objectives and using them to harness your career plan
  • The importance of upskilling and expansion of behavioural and strategic skills to increase chances for growth

Kelly Irwin, Head of Procurement Australia and New Zealand, Holcim (Winner CIPS Awards Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year)

10:00 | FUTURE LEADER PRESENTATION: The importance of encouraging procurements rising stars

  • Pinpointing the key drawcards for a career in procurement and the pathways it offers
  • Assessing the potential career trails and selecting your professional and personal goals
  • Identifying opportunities for career advancement and building the skills for effective leadership

Georgia Brandi, Category Lead, Newcrest Mining (Winner CIPS Awards Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year)

10:30 | Morning tea

11:00 | The future of procurement in Australasia

  • After the inexorable rise of procurement over the last decade or so, what does the future hold for the procurement profession now?
  • How can procurement address the four great criticisms of its contribution to business?
  • Might the rise and rise of Contract Management be a clue to how procurement can realise greater benefits for their organisation?
  • How will procurement manage new challenges – especially those of technology, such as; the internet of things, BitCoin, 3D printing and drones?

Jonathan Dutton, Director, JD Consultancy

Creating a remarkable procurement team by identifying, developing, mentoring and retaining your best people

11:30 | CASE STUDY: Assessing how NSW Government has implemented a four pillar approach to better manage its contingent workforce

  • Building a sustainable workforce to support the delivery of departmental outcomes and government objectives
  • Positioning public sector organisations to better understand and anticipate short and long term workforce requirements
  • What is the real cost of workers and what are the optimal pay rates?
  • Assessing how to best address skills shortages, what kind of workers are needed and in what ratio to maximise productivity
  • How best to support HR overcome the challenges of economic uncertainty, shortfalls in productivity and technological innovation?

Gabi Bywater, Director, Contingent Workforce, NSW Procurement, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

12:00 | Working Out Loud - Building a Purpose Network in an Open, Generous Connected Way

  • The benefits of Working Out Loud to purposefully build your network
  • The key elements of Working Out Loud
  • Foundational techniques to get you started applying Working Out Loud
  • How to continue building your purposeful networking skills

Michelle Ockers, National Technical Capability Manager, Supply Chain, Coca-Cola Amatil

12:30 | Networking lunch

13:30 | Overcoming the biggest challenges in leadership and achieving your career goals

  • Building the skills demanded for leadership in procurement and commercial functions
  • Re-framing your perspectives on what makes an effective procurement and commercial professional to reflect ever growing skills needed
  • Learning how to overcome obstacles you will encounter and turn them into opportunities for career advancement

Jackie Aggett, Head of Procurement, Laing O’Rourke

The evolution of the role of procurement and key industry trends – creating a persuasive case for the value of procurement

14:10 | Assessing how to foster cross-department engagement to increase procurement value

  • Examining the competencies that define the contemporary procurement professional and building these values in your team
  • How the procurement team can reposition themselves within the organisation to support crossdepartment engagement
  • Considering the key capabilities to increase procurement value and supporting your team to develop them

Sharon Hoysted, Procurement Manager, Supplier Management, Boeing Aerostructures Australia

14:40 | Mobilising internal stakeholders to support and progress career advancement in procurement

  • How can procurement leaders leverage the skills of their procurement teams to create a holistic and capable team?
  • Assessing the core differences between male and female leaders and how they can benefit from each other
  • What are the opportunities for specialisation and growth that can create opportunity for career progression?

Lynn Penny, Group General Manager Procurement, Mirvac

15:10 | Afternoon tea

15:40 | PANEL DISCUSSION: Evolution of the traditional role of procurement from gatekeeping to business-wide strategic input and organisational innovation

  • Transforming from back office-service to core business function with a critical impact on enterprise success
  • Identifying and informing to your employees and clients about your organisation’s unique competitive advantages
  • Driving progressive procurement practice through transformation of the procurement program

Panel Moderator:
Coretta Bessi,
Chief Procurement Officer, NBN Co
Kirsten McFall,
General Manager - Procurement, Myer
Janet Rowe, Manager Contracts and Procurement Management, Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority
Anne Tesch, Executive Director Australasia 
, WEConnect International
Jennie Vickers
Director Australia and New Zealand, IACCM
Ian Griffith,
Head of Procurement, DuluxGroup

Delivering more value to your organisation through strategic procurement

16:40 | CASE STUDY: Integrating and aligning strategic procurement with business objectives and ensuring the department delivers value to the organisation

  • How NAB implemented high value procurement models and strategies to increase productivity in their procurement division
  • Analysing the key challenges in aligning procurement with business objectives to increase performance and deliver value to the organisation
  • The importance of executive support and team engagement in aligning procurement with the company’s goals

Tehara WickhamManager, Claims Procurement, Suncorp Group

17:10 | Closing remarks from the Chair

17:15 | AT Kearney Welcome Address for Official Event Dinner 

Kathryn LondriganPrincipal, A.T. Kearney

17:20 | End of Day One and networking drinks

18:45 | Official event dinner

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