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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