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Event Overview

The 9th PASA CPO Exchange on 9th & 10th August 2018 will provide CPO/Procurement Leader attendees with two days of insightful keynote presentations, relevant peer to peer round-table discussions and relaxed networking.

The first of our keynote sessions – ‘How do you show up?’ will be an interactive leadership experience that will reveal how you show up as an authentic leader. Leading companies such as Google, Harvard Business School and LinkedIn are realising that modern leadership is all about how we use our minds and the quality of relationships we have with others.

Our second keynote, at the end of day one, – ‘Making procurement sexy: Attracting and retaining the new generation’ will be presented by a smart, tech-savvy millennial supply chain professional who will share her forthright views on how you can attract the best of the best new talent into your procurement team, and then what strategies work best for maintaining engagement with this younger workforce to extract the maximum value from them.

Our final keynote, early on day two is yet to be finalised. We are in discussions with one or two parties on topics that will be relevant and challenging to all business leaders, not just procurement leaders.

However, the majority of your time at the CPO Exchange will be spent in round-table discussions. The main aim with these round-tables are:

• To make them as relevant as possible by soliciting topics, issues, challenges and questions from attending CPO’s in the two weeks leading up to the event
• To keep them as relaxed as possible, so that all participants feel comfortable to speak up and share what they know

As with previous CPO Exchanges, I will liaise with attendees prior to the event to develop the agenda for the discussions. This provides you with the opportunity to ensure that your key challenges are included in the program, enabling you to draw on the wisdom, insights and experience of your peers in the search for answers.

Of course, the exchange format dictates that CPOs attending must commit to a minimum of six half-hour meetings with sponsoring supplier partners. Our previous experience with this has revealed that CPOs actually find the opportunity to meet with suppliers who they may not usually meet, a valuable experience. Conducted in a very relaxed and informal way, the meetings provide an opportunity for both parties to learn more about each other explore whether or not there might be value in working together.

The final element of the event, and one that always receives extremely positive feedback, is the opportunity for informal networking throughout the event. Whether it be with fellow CPOs or participating speakers, facilitators or suppliers, there is plenty of time scheduled within the programme to build real connections that deliver real value.

I trust you find this of interest and look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast,

Nigel Wardropper
Managing Director

Round-table sessions

Undoubtedly, one of the strongest benefits of attending for CPOs, is the opportunity to discuss key challenges with your peers.

The headline topics for the round-table sessions will be nominated by CPOs, with those selected to be discussed asked to chair their discussion. This format will allow even greater personalisation of the programme, enabling CPOs to draw on the knowledge and experience of their peers in search of solutions.

What is in it for you as a CPO?

• Complimentary attendance at the event, including the educational programme and networking functions • keynote sessions to open your eyes to new sources of value
• Up to ten intimate round-table sessions during which you can discuss your key procurement challenges with your peers
• Dedicated meeting time to meet potential new suppliers and discuss how they might be able to assist your business
• A Networking Dinner on Thursday evening, featuring a guest speaker
• A Networking Breakfast on Friday morning
• Free accommodation at the Sofitel Broadbeach for up to three nights
• Transfers back to Gold Coast airport if leaving at the end of the conference

Past CPO Attendees

• Evolution Mining
• DB Schenker
• Transurban
• Novartis
• Siemens Ltd. Australia
• George Weston Foods
• Westpac
• Snackbrands Australia
• Alcoa of Australia
• Lion Co
• Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd (A Daimler Company)
• Crown Melbourne
• Department of Immigration and Border Protection

and many more

Testimonials from previous CPO attendees

“The PASA CPO Exchange was a fantastic opportunity to engage with fellow senior Procurement executives to share thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the profession across multiple industry sectors. The quality addition to the agenda of high performance business coaches and experts on emotional and cultural intelligence also created space for necessary introspection and future focus. I would thoroughly recommend
this exchange to other senior Procurement leaders.”
Rob Halsall | Director, Commercial Services, Operations and Property | Westpac Group

“It was a great experience delivered from an exceptional location. People are what make these events successful, and to be able to attract the level of calibre from such a wide array of industries is a credit to PASA, as well as the delivery, which was top class and professionally delivered. To be able to interact and network with likeminded professionals provided an excellent opportunity to discuss relevant topics affecting us every day. Scheduling allowed breathing space and if topics ran over time, it was able to made up.”
Shane Sherwood | General Manager Procurement | Westrac

“A great opportunity to step back from our day to day activities and remember that unless we take care of ourselves, how can we hope to deliver the best possible results for our organisations. Well done to Nigel and the team at PASA for another great conference.”
Matt Keegan | General Manager Supply Chain | Fleet Partners

“The 2016 CPO Exchange was a great opportunity to interact, swap ideas and learn from my peers. The event was extremely well managed and the location was great. I definitely recommend it to other CPOs”
Kellie Jess Chief Procurement Officer | The Australian National University

“This was my second PASA CPO Exchange, and was even more enjoyable and valuable than the first. I would recommend this event to any CPO looking to learn from industry peers, meet with innovative suppliers and be both entertained and challenged by some thought-provoking speakers. Well done PASA. “
Ian Griffith | Head of Procurement | DuluxGroup

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  • Day 1

    Thursday 9th August

  • Join us for an interactive leadership experience like no other. 

    Our session will reveal how you show up as an authentic leader.  Leading companies such as Google, Harvard Business School and Linked In are realising that modern leadership is all about how we use our minds and the quality of relationships we have with others.

    Join the revolution and the emerging movement of authentic leadership.

    Let us elevate you to perform at your best.


  • To test the market…or not?
    You have a long time supplier, who is providing strong services, How do you balance the need to ‘test the market’, against reliable continuity? How do you drive fresh services or ideas without testing the market?
    Bik Ray, Australian Sports Commission

    Round Table

  • Agile Procurement
    Agile Procurement – is procurement an appropriate function to achieve the benefits of Agile work practices?
    What are the best methodologies to procure and conduct under an “agile” principle approach (Discovery/Design and co-contribution), while ensuring capture on contractual requirements and accountability of service delivery/provision/project success?
    Chris Smith, ISS Facilities

    Round Table

  • Performance Measurement
    What KPI’s are participants being measured against? Procurement will usually measure benefits/savings and spend under management, but are people measuring anything else and do they have input into the targets? Or are the targets set for them?
    Are people measuring value-add or non-financial measures? And if so, what are they and are they quantifiable?
    Stephen Kehoe, Queensland Rail

    Round Table

  • Contract Management Systems
    How are participants managing their contracts? Are any members using end to end contract management systems, or just the contract and data analytics elements? What are the pros and cons?
    Ian Rudgley, City of Sydney

    Round Table

  • How many times have you been asked what you do for work and been met with a completely blank face when you say ‘procurement’? How often do you meet a young person who woke up one day and thought, “I’m going to pursue a career in procurement”?

    Procurement needs to raise its profile and become a sexy career choice to compete with better established organisational functions to attract the best young and tech-savvy talent, who may not even know what procurement is. By 2025 it is estimated that over 75% of the workforce will be made up of millennials. It’s critical to understand how things will change in regards to how we work and engage with our jobs. As we start seeing Gen Z enter the workplace, four different generations will work together for the first time. Whilst this may sound like the distant future, it’s only 7 years away. In this session we will hear from a smart, tech-savvy millennial supply chain professional her forthright views on how you can attract the best of the best new talent into your procurement team, and then what strategies work best for maintaining engagement with this younger workforce to extract the maximum value from them.


  • Day 2

    Friday 10th August

  • The most critical value creation processes in nearly all organisations are cross-functional in nature.  Yet, few companies get it right. Trust levels between different departments or functions are frighteningly low. 

    The good news is that procurement is best placed to lead the way and model the right cross-team behaviours.  

    The bad news is that according to research by the Council Executive Board, procurement is often perceived as being a roadblock that slows down business decision-making.   In fact, many departments prefer to work around procurement than work with them. 

    As a procurement leader, one of your most important tasks is to break through procurement’s negative image and gain the trust of your peers, thereby driving greater cross-functional capability. 

    In this presentation and subsequent round-table discussion you will examine: 

    1. Key low trust indicators that are sabotaging your organisation.
    2. How the brain impacts our ability to trust others.
    3. 5 essential building blocks to build organisational trust. 

    You will walk away with a new lens from which to view your organisation and have the ability to learn from your colleagues.


  • Managing Virtual Procurement Teams
    How do you organize and optimize a virtual team, either domestically or internationally?
    What tools are in the marketplace that are really tailored for Virtual Procurement Communities, that really serves the professional procurements teams projects, tasks, updates etc?
    Bren Gray, Compass Group

    Round Table

  • How do we prepare for the Modern Slavery Act?
    Brett Beattie, Opal Aged Care

    Round Table

  • Driving enterprise-wide procurement
    How do we drive Enterprise focused procurement of similar/like services, rather than each business unit/division taking a “not care” about others similar needs?
    Bik Ray, Australian Sports Commission

    Round Table

  • Procurement’s impact on ESG (Environment, Social and Governance)
    What impact should procurement have on your organisations Environment, Social and Governance strategies?
    Chris Heptinstall, QBE

    Round Table

  • What have we learned and what are we going to do with it?

    A recap of the keynote sessions and round-tables, identifying the main take-aways and
    gaining commitment from participants to carry through on what they have planned




Sponsorship Opportunities

There are limited partner positions available for the CPO Exchange. This is in keeping with the exclusive and intimate atmosphere that we wish to create around this event.

To secure your partner position please contact:

Vanessa Preece
T. 0490 803 313



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