Supercharging procurement's business value

10 September 2019 - 11 September 2019
08:30 - 17:30
Ritz Carlton, Chicago
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What is the Agility & Transformation Forum?


This two-day event is dedicated to strengthening procurement’s business partnerships, helping you deliver increased business value through innovation, revenue generation and competitive advantage.

Get a taste of what the event is like with the highlights from the 2018 Forum below:




Key themes in 2018 included:


Improving procurement’s brand within the wider business

Showcasing the ways in which procurement can think strategically and embed behaviours that work to further the goals of the business – first and foremost.

Pivoting procurement’s role to include value-add activities

Being defined by cost savings is limiting and risky. If procurement teams want to be decision makers, they need to demonstrate the capabilities to create real value for their business partners.

Developing a team that shares the vision of procurement as a business partner

Building capabilities to meet business need requires a balanced combination of acumen, leadership and commercial insight. True leaders create an environment for those traits to flourish.

Using innovation as a catalyst for ongoing co-creation & collaboration

Innovation doesn’t just happen, it requires aptitude, workflows, buy-in and a culture that embraces working beyond the normal remit of procurement.

Strong alignment and business partnerships are key to delivering increased value. To make the leap from good to great, procurement must prioritize business alignment and collaborative partnerships to create value.

However, according to recent Procurement Leaders research:

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of functions attribute greater stakeholder alignment as a key benefit of Transformation

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of procurement execs say they have “very productive” stakeholder relationships

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of supplier collaboration projects end in failure

The Agility & Transformation Forum addressed these issues and more head-on, providing most cost-effective way to accelerate your value-creation and business alignment efforts.

Inspiration from the best

Industry leaders who shared their knowledge in 2018 included:
  • Chuck Hatsis, CPO, CME Group
  • Amanda Prochaska, VP, Procurement, MGM Resorts International
  • Tim Herrod, VP Procurement, Nutrien
  • Claudia Rodriguez, Corporate VP - CPO, Motorola Solutions
  • Scott Ottenheimer, Vice President, QBE North America
  • Natasha Gurevich, VP Global Procurement, Salesforce Inc

Who attended in 2018?

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senior procurement professionals

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CPO titles

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US states represented

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speakers & facilitators

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unique companies represented

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hours of networking opportunities

Partnership opportunities

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Agility & Transformation Forum 2019.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 150+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.

Agenda

Your agenda journey

To develop, influence and execute strategies based on Forum insights, you’ll be taken on a journey from vision to reality as you learn techniques to supercharge your value to the business. View the 2018 agenda.

 

Vision sessions:

Exploring the long-term goal

Visionary keynotes & panels

  • Facilitate inspiration and spark creativity to tackle and embrace future trends

PLx keynotes

  • Drive divergent thinking to visualise your objectives from a different perspective

Strategy sessions:

Exploring the blueprint to delivery

Achiever keynotes

  • Provide best-in-class implementation examples for your next practices

CPO challenger series

  • Connect leaders with shared strategic challenges to crowdsource new solutions

Ask an expert sessions

  • A chance to pose your strategy development questions to experienced practitioners for inspiration and guidance

Reality sessions:

Exploring the pragmatics of implementation

Case studies & interviews

  • Learn first-hand how to overcome hurdles and capitalise on opportunities from practitioners who are a step ahead

Deep dive roundtables

  • Connect to individuals with differing perspectives to boost ideas and workflow improvements

PL insight sessions

  • Outline the “so what” for key trends, providing suggestions for navigation and application

View 2018 agenda

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Our Partners

Partners of the Agility and Transformation Forum 2019

 

Having relationships with the right solution providers is critical to the impact your function makes on the business.

The Agility and Transformation Forum will have carefully selected procurement solution providers onsite as Forum partners. These partners are there for you to brainstorm with to help you find solutions to your challenges, while also discussing how their product aligns to your functional objectives. 

Please see the partners already confirmed to contributing to the event:

Headline Partner

Proxima

Proxima is the world’s leading independent provider of procurement solutions, with a single focus on partnering with organizations to achieve high performing, agile procurement functions. We provide a full range of services and solutions that support the change orientated CPO, including consulting, managed services, on-demand and supplier technology solutions. Through our consulting services, we help our clients design and deliver next generation procurement solutions, whether that is reducing costs, building or evolving your team, supporting your existing capability, or helping to transform your business. We run and support Procurement functions in some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations; our success hinges on hitting ambitious targets year after year. Procurement is our business.

www.proximagroup.com

Insight Plus Partner

Bain & Company

Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want results. Bain advises clients on strategy, technology, organization, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and helps companies reinvent their operations to uncover a new competitive edge. Bain develops practical insights that clients act on and transfers skills that make change stick. We align our incentives with our clients’ by linking our fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain today has 55 offices in 36 countries, and our deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.

www.bain.com/

 

Insight Partners

Insight Sourcing Group

Insight Sourcing Group is the leading boutique consulting firm in North America focused exclusively on Strategic Sourcing and procurement-related services. The firm has developed a reputation for the collegiality and high calibre of our team, our tremendous focus on client results, our entrepreneurial and innovative approach to the space, and for our ability to consistently deliver strong outcomes.
Founded in 2002, the firm works with senior executives and procurement leaders to accelerate Strategic Sourcing savings, increase Spend Visibility, provide category intelligence, and implement procurement best practices. Insight Sourcing Group has worked with hundreds of corporate clients of all sizes and over 50 Private Equity firms.
Typical client results include 20% average savings per indirect spend category, 5 – 15% for direct spend categories, 400 – 600% first-year return on investment, and project payback periods measured in months.

www.insightsourcing.com

Exclusive Diversity & Inclusion Partner

ConnXus

ConnXus supplier management software solutions simplify the complexities of global supply chains and allow buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing. ConnXus is a CPUC-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.

www.connxus.com

 

Engagement Partners

Basware

Basware is the global leader in providing networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services. Basware’s commerce and financing network connects businesses in over 100 countries and territories around the globe. As the largest open business network in the world, Basware provides scale and reach for organizations of all sizes, enabling them to grow their business and unlock value across their operations by simplifying and streamlining financial processes. Small and large companies around the world achieve significant cost savings, more flexible payment terms, greater efficiencies and closer relationships with their suppliers. Find out more at www.basware.com

 

Become an Agility & Transformation Forum 2019 Partner

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from the region by becoming a partner of Procurement Leaders Agility & Transformation Forum 2019.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 150+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact us via email or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.