Conference Day One

Conference Day One

01 May 2018

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08:15     Registration and welcome coffee

08:50     Opening remarks from the Chair
Coretta Bessi
, Chief Procurement Officer,  Ausgrid


09:00     Setting and meeting the benchmarks on gender equality

  • Embracing gender equality to achieve equal outcomes for women and men
  • Ensuring workplaces provide equal pay for work of equal or comparable value
  • Removing barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce
  • Eliminating discrimination on the basis of gender, especially with family and caring responsibilities

Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality

09:40     INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The procurement leader of the future

Janice Johnston is responsible for Global Delivery of Accenture’s Global Sourcing and Category Management procurement operations, supplier management and contract services capabilities. A procurement transformational leader, Janice supports customers in evolving the procurement function to the future.

Janice Johnston, Managing Director – Delivery Executive, Accenture


Take this opportunity to build, expand and strengthen your procurement and supply chain network. Remember to bring lots of business cards!

10:30     Morning tea

11:00    CASE STUDY: A personal procurement leadership journey 

  • A personal and inspirational reflection of the journey to CPO
  • Key milestones and challenges that may be faced
  • How this landscape is changing – for better or worse
  • What are the right skills and mindset from an individual perspective

Coretta Bessi, Chief Procurement Officer, Ausgrid


11:30     Panel Discussion: Are the basics still the same – Is Procurement being disrupted?

  • Creating a detailed and coherent spend map across your enterprise
  • Focusing on sustainable savings including the when, where, why and how
  • Engaging with the wider organisation to demystify the procurement value chain
  • Realising tangible value from contracts and supplier relationships

Nina Younes,
Contracts Manager, Procurement, Western Sydney Airport

Adam Pase, Head of Procurement, Vendor Management & Facilities, Cbus Super
Karen Sutton, Chief Procurement Officer, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Jane Wood, Assistant Secretary, Non-Materiel Procurement, Department of Defence
Jacqueline Gava, Associate Director – Capital Procurement, Commercial Services, University Services, The University of Melbourne

12:15     Case Study: Instilling deeper rigour into supplier relationships

The WSA Co is a government-owned business responsible for constructing the $5.3B Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.

  • Ensuring cost reduction programs meet expectations
  • Redefining your planning, management and execution strategy
  • Delivering on the mantra of ‘cost-savings’ vs budget blow-outs
  • Instilling deeper rigour into supplier relationships
  • Getting the balance right between shorter-term savings and long-term transformation

Jackie Aggett, General Manager Procurement, Western Sydney Airport (WSA Co)

12:45     Networking lunch


13:45     Case Study: Adapting your procurement strategy to fluid market demands

Defence spends around $8b annually in non-material or indirect procurement. This presentation explores trends and opportunities.

  • Delivering benefits across the demand, sourcing, and fulfilment value chain
  • Taking a wholistic approach to spend and going to market
  • Moving beyond a cost-saving checklist into organisation-wide nee

Jane Wood, Assistant Secretary, Non-Materiel Procurement, Department of Defence

14:15     Case Study: Delivering value from contracts and supplier relationships

  • Breathing life into your contracts and making these living documents
  • Seeking continuous improvements and updates to your contracts
  • Articulating supplier and organisational expectations and responsibilities

Nina Younes, Contracts Manager, Western Sydney Airport (WSA Co)

14:45     The greatest untapped potential for social change

  • Building the case for connecting business and government with social enterprises (businesses that generate positive social impact)
  • Working with social enterprises and learning how to manage and mitigate risk
  • Measuring the impact of putting social enterprises into your supply chain

Sam Edmonds, Principal, Buyer Services, Social Traders

15:15     Afternoon tea


These interactive roundtables provide the opportunity for attendees to divide into groups and discuss niche ideas, practical tips and work through challenges faced by other executives from multiple industries. Each roundtable will begin with a brief presentation by the moderator, who will then open the discussion to the table.  On the day, you will be able to choose three of the below to attend. Each roundtable will run concurrently over three time slots:
1st round: 15:45 – 16:15
2nd round: 16:15 – 16:45
3rd round: 16:45 – 17:15

Roundtable 1: Digitisation in procurement: How prepared are you?

Digitisation is delivering a competitive advantage to organisations – this discussion examines the future of digitisation, and implications for procurement in a 21st century setting.

Jonathan Dutton, Director, JD Consultancy
Gigi Tam, Head of Procurement, Roche Pharmaceuticals

Roundtable 2: The Adaptive Workforce

  • What impact will the adaptive workforce have on procurement professionals?
  • Are organisations set up to maximise the benefits of the adaptive workforce while mitigating the risks?

Billie Gorman, Australian Procurement Practice Lead, Accenture

Mallika Lheritier, Manager, Strategy & Management Consulting, Accenture

Roundtable 3: Creating an agile, tech-savvy and forward-thinking procurement strategy

The speed and complexity of business is accelerating. This forces procurement departments to adapt to new market conditions and react to untapped opportunities. This discussion focuses on mastering processes and technologies, and ensuring fast, assured decision-making, as well as crisp and agile execution.

Michelle Robinson, Manager Procurement Contracts and Supplier Relationship, Department of Justice

Roundtable 4Procurement Vision 2020 – what does the future hold?

How will procurement transform itself by 2020? This discussion charts the future course – with a radical rethink around procurement – moving from a ‘savings’ mindset to risk management, creativity, and alignment between finance, operations and the supply chain.

Victoria Bergmann, First Assistant Secretary, Procurement and Contracting - Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Department of Defence

Roundtable 5: Managing cyber-security threats across the procurement and supply chain

  • Securing your data involving business partners, suppliers, and other third parties
  • Ensuring networks, software, and digital assets are protected against cyber-attacks and data breaches
  • Ensuring supply chain security is every company's responsibility

Fleur Edgerton, Head of ICT Procurement, Ausgrid

17:15     Closing remarks from the Chair

17:20     End of Day One and networking drinks

18:45     Official event dinner

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