Conference Day Two

Conference Day Two - Thursday 27 April 2017


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08:30 | Welcome coffee

08:50 | Opening remarks from the Chair

Amanda O’Brien, Board Member, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia

Developing a winning strategy by improving stakeholder engagement

09:00 | OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Driving early engagement by improving stakeholders relationship and increase their offering

  • Moving beyond bureaucracy and delivering self-service to improve customer relationship
  • Assessing practical solutions for incorporating value and innovation in planning, procurement and project management from conception to delivery
  • Analysing and improving procurement processes to deliver better commercial outcomes for internal and external stakeholders

Ian Griffith, Head of Procurement, DuluxGroup

09:30 | SUPPLIERS’ THINK TANK: How can suppliers better engage procurement teams to integrate technology and automation?

In this Think Tank session a panel of regular suppliers of procurement and supply chain solutions and services will come together to brainstorm practical ways that organisations can better interact with vendors. During this session, they will leverage their expertise to uncover ideas to deliver better commercial outcomes for both parties. This will be a unique and highly valuable opportunity to get an insight into digital transformation, technology and automation from a vendor’s perspective and the session will look to identify actionable areas in which procurement managers can realise results.

Key discussion topics:

  • Identifying areas of technology and automation in procurement where efficiencies could be achieved
  • How can procurement teams better leverage the product/service knowledge of their suppliers to inform their decisions and to train those using the product/service?
  • Examining various technologies and systems that can streamline supplier engagement and procurement processes

This session is reserved for our sponsors – if you wish to join them, please contact Luke Griffin at

10:15 | Morning tea

How procurement can support your organisation’s customer-centric mission, vision and values

10:45 | Examining how to have your customer at the centre of your procurement strategies

  • Understanding the value that procurement can bring to external customers
  • Developing effective approaches to enable stakeholder-centric designing and offering
  • Implementing procurement transformation, strategy development and change management to cope with a customer-centric approach

Coretta Bessi, Former Chief Procurement Officer, nbn Australia

11:15 | PANEL DISCUSSION: Customer of choice – strengthening strategic alliances and building strong supplier relationship

  • How can you find the balance between competitiveness and collaboration with your partners?
  • How can supplier relationship management be a critical enabler of business performance and driver of value and reputation?
  • What are the most successful approaches to drive value and competitive edge within the organisation?
  • Key considerations when transforming procurement to a high performance capability by aligning the department’s vision with the organisation’s strategy

Panel moderator:
Amanda O’Brien,
Board Member, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia

, Head of Procurement – Australian Hub, Laing O'Rourke
Jonathan Dutton
Director, JD Consultancy
Ian Griffith
Head of Procurement, DuluxGroup
Anne Tesch,
Executive Director Australasia, WEConnect International

Kate Hart, Senior Leader, A.T. Kearney

12:00 | Networking lunch

Assessing how much value procurement can give to data insights and data analytics

13:00 | CASE STUDY: Analysing Mirvac’s different intelligence tools to bring procurement, finance and accounting together

  • Assessing the approaches that Mirvac is using to transform procurement into an accountable area
  • The importance of effectively collecting, analysing and interpreting data and information to plan and prepare to business risks and industry demands
  • Best practice and lessons learned from the past to achieve more efficient operations across departments

Lynn Penny, Group General Manager Procurement, Mirvac

13:30 | Best practice data analytics and data insights for procurement decision making

  • How data analytics can help deliver better outcomes for procurement
  • Applying data insights to achieve a detailed cost based analyses and facts for improved negotiation
  • Using analytics to improve procurement processes management
  • How real facts and data can add value to the department

Thomai Veginis, Director – Procurement, Telstra

Why digital and procurement should team up for improved overall results - Nudging government procurement into the digital marketplace

14:00 | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Embracing the digital to crowdsource the best solutions, provide transparency in government spending and achieve value for money from government procurement activities

  • Identifying the key areas where digitising processes can make the biggest impact
  • How the DTA and State governments are embracing the digital to help drive better procurement outcomes
  • Why investing in organisational capability and culture is the key to digitising government procurement

Kishwar Rahman, Director, KR Digital and Program Lead – Strategic Project Procurement, NDIA (setting up the NDIS eMarketplace)

14:30 | Analysing the landscape for the digital technology revolution in procurement and supply chain management

  • An overview of the digital technology revolution in procurement and supply chain
  • Understanding how your organisation can stay relevant to rapidly changing business needs
  • The rise and rise of sustainable procurement – and its role in a digital transformation environment
  • How procurement will face new technology challenges such as; the internet of things, Bitcoin, 3D printing and drones

Jonathan Dutton, Director, JD Consultancy

15:00 | Afternoon tea

The contemporary concept of success – why ethical procurement, sustainability and corporate responsibility is key

15:30 | CASE STUDY: The New Sustainable Procurement Standard ISO20400 – should government procurement adopt it?

  • How could the new sustainable procurement standard compliment government procurement reform initiatives
  • The challenges of advocating a new mindset for sustainable procurement
  • How NSW Government is preparing for the new international standards for sustainable procurement

Myla Bulaon, Acting Director, Policy, Strategy and Governance, NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation

16:00 | An overview of the statistics behind integrity and ethics in procurement processes

  • How to prevent, detect and treat common types of corruption in procurement processes
  • Understanding how significant and complex corruption in procurement is
  • An overview of statistical reviews of procurement corruption in recent years
  • Assessing real life case studies and examples of procurement corruption and how to more effectively prevent, detect and treat these incidences

Ruth Bayley, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Association of Procurement and Contract Management

16:30 | PANEL DISCUSSION: Migrating from commercial to social corporate objectives and delivering even greater results

  • What is the future of corporate responsibility and sustainability in procurement and supply chain?
  • How can organisations invest in diversity and disability as a corporate responsibility and competitive advantage strategy?
  • Sustainable buying – how does price weight into overall decision?
  • How can you procure ethically whilst keeping to contract and delivering great outcomes?

Panel moderator:
Amanda O’Brien,
Board Member, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia

Ruth BayleyChief Executive Officer, Australian Association of Procurement and Contract Management
Jean-Louis Haie, 
Head Australian Delegation, ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement Project
BulaonActing Director, Policy, Strategy and Governance, NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation

17:15 | Closing remarks from the Chair and drawing of the lucky door prize!

17:25 | End of Day Two and close of conference

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