Conference Day One

Conference Day One

30 April 2019

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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     Inspirational opening keynote address: delivering on high-performing strategic leadership

  • Building a high-performance organisation
  • Developing talent in the globalised world of business
  • Rethinking how we approach leadership
  • Building the pool of future leaders

April Palmerlee, Chief Executive OfficerAmerican Chamber of Commerce in Australia

09:30     Is your career doing your head in?

  • Almost twenty years after starting her first company, The Faculty, Tania has had two children, travelled the world
    with her C-level husband, created the recruitment company The Source and now the world’s largest online
    network for procurement & supply chain professionals, Procurious
  • Tania will provide practical tips on how to re-calibrate your career for success, how to manage “up”…and most
    importantly, share some #lifehacks for achieving work life balance. “You can have it all…it just depends on how
    you define “all”

Tania Seary, Founding Chairman, Procurious | The Faculty | The Source


10:00     Life after Procurement: Managing supplier partnerships after the contract is signed

Amanda Cech, General Manager, Logistics, Coca Cola Amatil

10:30     Morning Tea & Speed Networking

Take this opportunity to build, expand and strengthen your procurement and supply chain network. Use the Women in Procurement and Supply Chain event app to connect with attendees!

11:00     Delineating between strategic sourcing and category management

  • What’s the difference between strategic sourcing and category management?
  • Where are the benefits for your organisation from each?
  • Is category management really working for you?
  • Which is the right strategy in the right circumstances?

Jonathan Dutton, Director, JD Consultancy

11:30     Laying the groundwork for third party risk management

  • Understanding risks across a changing global regulatory environment
  • Tackling the complexities of third-party relationships
  • Integrating risk management across the end-to-end supply chain

Jane Weatherill, THead of Supplier Governance, & Supply Chain, Global Business Services, Telstra


12:00     Panel Discussion: How do we make procurement an enabler of business strategy?

  • 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

Mark Lamb, General Manager, CIPS Asia Pacific
Teresa Scott, Executive Director, Australasian Procurement & Construction Council
Michelle Robinson, Manager, Contracts & Supplier Relationships, Department of Justice (NSW)
Sandra Nagels, Head of Procurement, Corporate Centre, Finance & Commercial Services, Australia Post

12:30     Networking lunch


13:30     Mapping the drivers for procurement transformation

  • Investing in building high-performance teams
  • Ensuring these teams boost organisational efficiency
  • Delivering tangible value across your organisation
  • Nurturing and supporting the best talent base

Gwen Inglis, General Manager, Procurement, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

14:00     Identifying, developing, and mentoring talent for a new generation of procurement leaders

  • Sourcing, developing and retaining the right talent
  • Growing an exceptional pool of talent into the future
  • Engaging teams in corporate goals for optimal outcomes
  • Nurturing a holistic understanding of the profession

Gigi Tam, Head of Procurement, Roche Pharmaceuticals


14:30    Taking the right approach to aligning procurement and supply chain systems

  • Delivering savings by investing in innovative technology and implementing successful systems throughout the organisation
  • Analysing how you can transform your procurement values by meeting specific demands from all stakeholders
  • Maximising productivity and cost efficiency by engaging your team and improving procurement practices

Rosita Van Vuuren, Merchandise Operations Manager, Head of Quality & Sourcing, Best and Less

15:00    Managing the procurement life-cycle – what works and why

  • Tracking procurement trends into the future
  • Aligning procurement functions with corporate goals
  • Looking beyond one-size-fits-all procurement templates
  • Adapting to the demand for goods and services in a flexible manner

Teresa Scott, Executive Director, Australasian Procurement & Construction Council

15:30    Afternoon tea


These popular, interactive roundtables provide the opportunity for attendees to divide into groups and discuss niche ideas, practical tips and work through challenges faced by other professionals from multiple industries (and enjoy a glass of bubbles at the same time!). 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: 16:00 – 16:30

2nd round: 16:30 – 17:00

3rd round: 17:00 – 17:30

ROUNDTABLE 1: Delivering on procurement leadership: are we there yet?

The procurement focus is shifting toward innovation and delivering value across the enterprise. This goes beyond ‘cost-savings’ and directly into leadership. Procurement now plays a pivotal role around supply chain transparency, supplier innovation, and delivering enterprise-wide benefits. Map the magic ingredients for leadership and apply these to your business.

Jennifer Goddard, Director, IACCM Member Services (APAC), International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM)

ROUNDTABLE 2: Improving communication with suppliers: what works and why?

Forward-thinking businesses need to improve supplier relationships, while ensuring external partners deliver on value-for-money. Increasingly, the focus is on consistent communication and transparency between buyers and sellers. Share strategies to streamline internal and external communication and facilitate open and even-sided conversation.

Rosita Van Vuuren, Merchandise Operations Manager, Head of Quality & Sourcing, Best & Less

ROUNDTABLE 3: Mapping the future career track for procurement professionals

What is a typical career path for procurement professionals? Is there room for growth and joining the upper echelons of management? How do you map a career that navigates the obstacles and roadblocks? Is there room to manoeuvre? If so, how?

Gigi Tam, Head of Procurement, Roche Pharmaceuticals

ROUNDTABLE 4: Delivering on tangible procurement value across your organisation

Globally, organisations are experiencing unprecedented change. Businesses are re-evaluating operating models and market strategies to adapt to change. How does procurement help organisations prepare for the uncertainty ahead? Can they move beyond ‘cost-savings’ into the more strategic partnerships – both internally and externally.

Gwen Inglis, General Manager, Procurement, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

ROUNDTABLE 5: Modern Day Slavery legislation – how prepared is your business?

The Global Slavery Index 2018 highlights a high risk of Modern Slavery in many countries that are key Australian trading partners. Australian business has supply chains and/or subsidiary operations. Federal and state governments have introduced new laws to tackle modern day slavery – with direct impact on  procurement in the New Year. Share updates into federal and state Modern Day Slavery laws and why procurement professionals must prepare for new guidelines.

Mark Lamb, General Manager, CIPS Asia Pacific

17:30     Closing remarks from the Chair

17:40     End of Day One and networking drinks

18:00     Official Event Dinner

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