Sharpen your competitive edge: Trust, Transparency and Performance
Your transformation is underway, but it’s not going as quickly as you hoped. What can you do to give it the boost it needs?
One key element is gaining the support of your internal and external business partners. These partners can help you drop the traditional label of procurement as a ‘policy policeman’, which in turn will give you more ability to influence business decisions and performance moving forward.
The Agility & Transformation Forum will address how you can develop and nurture these relationships, and use them to maximise your business impact.
Join 150+ peers for two days of insights from the most successful procurement functions on how they have accelerated their transformation journeys, and leave with a head full of ideas to apply to your own.
Move to the next stage of your transformation journey
In 2019 the Agility & Transformation Forum looks at the next phase of transformation for procurement organizations, specifically the vital facets required to sharpen competitive edge and increase business value:
How to change the perception of procurement from a policy enforcer and road blocker to a respected business partner
Increase visibility with internal business partners and external suppliers, to develop stakeholder trust & clear business partnerships
Ensuring the procurement function adds value beyond cost savings, expanding its scope to include further revenue enhancing activities
Meet your Chair!
The in 2019 the Forum will be hosted by Amanda Davies, Global Vice President, MGS and Indirect Chief Procurement Officer at Mars.
Amanda has a wealth of global and cross-functional business expertise, developed through her roles in the HR function and the award-winning procurement function at Mars.
Amanda brings gravitas, insight, passion and poise to the role, and we are very excited to have her leading the agenda.
Take a look at why Amanda is excited to see you in Chicago!
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It’s much more than just an agenda
Your time at the Forum won’t just be spent listening to presentations. There are more than six hours of dedicated networking time build into the agenda.
The 2018 Forum attracted senior attendees from some of the world’s leading brands, with 2019 set to be even bigger and better.
Join us in Chicago in September to tap into this fantastic network, and for the perfect opportunity to benchmark your activities and plans for 2020 against the very best.
You’ll be in great company - 2018 attendees included
senior procurement professionals
US states represented
expert speakers & facilitators
unique companies represented
hours of networking opportunities
Don’t just take our word for it - feedback from past Procurement Leaders events
Head of Procurement
Director of Indirect Procurement
Head of Procurement Digitalization
Head of Procurement Services
Director - Global Sourcing - Marketing and Corporate Services
Lay Ean Oon, Sourcing Manager
VP Procurement Operations
We can’t wait to welcome you in Chicago
Your two-days of inspiration and learning will take place at The Ritz Carlton in downtown Chicago.
The venue provides the perfect setting to help you maximise the value available through the agenda sessions and networking opportunities, providing you with a new sense of energy and motivation to make more business impact on your return to the office.
The Ritz Carlton
160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Agility & Transformation Forum Partners
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 latest agenda.
Day 1 opens with quickfire presentations showcasing functions that have achieved maximum business impact through collaboration as equals, building trust through transparency and being agile and responsive to support business growth.
Break-out sessions will then explore the more tactical facets required to deliver and achieve these objectives of increased trust, transparency and profitability.
Day 2 will then move onto explore how these elements can be optimised to increase procurement competitiveness and agility, to help accelerate the delivery of solutions to solve business challenges faster.
The Agility and Transformation Forum agenda features the knowledge and insights of carefully chosen experts from a range of industries, including:
Global Vice President, MGS, Indirect Chief Procurement Officer
Chief Procurement Officer and VP Global Procurement Services
Chief Procurement Officer
Chief Procurement Officer
Co-founder & Former CEO
Vice President - Global Sourcing and Real Estate
Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer
SVP & Chief Procurement Officer
Manager, Procurement Services Legal Affairs
Senior Vice President
Vice President Procurement
Ferrara Candy Company
Vice President of Procurement
Sr. Director, Global Procurement
Global VP Sourcing
Disruptional Evangelist - Group Procurement & Market Data
North America Sourcing & Procurement Leader
Manager of Sustainable Supply Chains
Senior Global Business Advisor
Ed Aviles is a Senior Global Business Advisor with Basware, who brings best practices and industry experience to help customers align their strategies and processes to Basware’s leading technology. Ed’s background is in sourcing, procurement operations, and implementation with more than a decade of experience in these fields.
Chuck Miller is a partner based in Bain & Company’s Boston office. He serves as head of Bain’s Procurement practice in the Americas and is an expert in the firm’s Consumer Products and Performance Improvement practices.
With more than 10 years of Bain consulting experience, Chuck holds comprehensive expertise across the procurement sphere, advising clients on industry-shifting M&A deals, private equity diligence and performance improvement. His client portfolio encompasses the healthcare, retail and consumer products industries.
Across the consumer products sphere, Chuck’s work centers on growth strategy for grocery and fast-moving products, with an emphasis on global strategic management and commercial investment optimization.
He is also deeply versed in full potential transformation, focusing on savings and organizational capability building, including digital evolution, as well as closed-loop approach and implementation.
Chuck received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds both a BS in Physics and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Agility & Transformation Forum 2019 partners
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.
Insight Plus Partner
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.
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.
Exclusive Diversity & Inclusion Partner
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.
CPO Challenger Partner
Celonis is the New York- and Munich-based leader in Enterprise Performance Acceleration software. A pioneer in process mining technology, its Intelligent Business Cloud helps organizations rapidly remove operational friction to become a Superfluid Enterprise. Companies around the world including Siemens, L’Oréal, Uber, Citi, Airbus, and Vodafone rely on Celonis to guide action and drive change, turning business processes into extraordinary experiences and resulting in millions of dollars saved.
Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 250 leading companies across the globe to manage over $500 Billion in direct and indirect spend. The platform’s combination of ease-of-use, depth, breadth and flexibility ensures high employee and supplier adoption, rapid time to value and the ability to meet unique or evolving requirements, evidenced by the industry’s leading 98%+ retention rate. Follow us at @Ivalua.
SirionLabs is transforming the contracting engagement between enterprises by bringing contracting parties closer together across the full lifecycle of the contract – from authoring to performance to closure. Sirion’s award winning platform serves as a single source of truth for both parties across all key disciplines – contracts, performance, invoice auditing and buyer-supplier collaboration.
This collaborative and holistic approach materially reduces the friction between both parties, improving transparency and trust, driving tangible savings of 10% of the contract value while reducing the cost of governance by 60%.
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
DSJ Global is a specialist recruitment firm, delivering end-to-end supply chain talent globally. From our local hubs in North America, Europe, and Asia, we deliver permanent, contract and project-based recruitment services to leading organizations across several industry sectors, including Professional Services, Life Sciences, Technology, FCMG, Manufacturing, and more. Our award-winning network of micro-specialist consultants work closely with our clients to deliver senior talent for their organizations’ requirements. As trusted recruitment partners, we identify, qualify, and secure high caliber individuals, who possess the behavioral skills and technical requirements needed to bring about superior results and competitive advantage.
Networking Lounge Partners
GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value. Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people – this is how GEP creates and delivers unified business solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness. With 18 offices and delivery centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, GEP – based in Clark, NJ - helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn about our comprehensive range of strategic and managed services, please visit www.gep.com. For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit www.smartbygep.com
Markit is a leading online IT purchasing system working in 34 countries globally. Markit integrates more than 200 leading IT distributors in the world into simple and transparent online platform and provides efficient tools for companies to manage, centralize and streamline their IT purchasing.
Markit is saving time and money for companies with simplicity and transparency - we provide the best total cost of IT purchasing for companies large or small. Working in Europe and USA with estimated 110 million EUR turnover in 2018 Markit is looking to open Asia as the next region in a bid to best service global companies. More than 15% of Fortune Global 2000 companies are already using Markit as part of their IT purchasing.
Grubhub is an online food ordering service that makes it easy to feed the office. We help companies simplify the process of ordering meals and paying for those purchases. As a result we save our clients up to 30 percent on food-related costs, while making everyone happier and more productive. Perfect for employee meal perk programs, group orders, and office celebrations, we feed thousands of hungry teams across the US and London.
scoutbee offers procurement officers and their teams a smarter supplier discovery suite. Powered by Artifical Intelligence and its carefully and continuously curated data that totals over 9 million suppliers, scoutbee brings together supplier information with deeper insights and a simple, digital process for strategic sourcing. Customers include Audi, Airbus and more than 40 other customers globally rely on scoutbee to deliver deeper supplier insights so they make more confident strategic sourcing and purchasing decisions. Founded in 2015 by procurement and operations experts in Germany, scoutbee offers its strategic sourcing solution in Europe and in the US. scoutbee received global recognition in May 2019 by the prestigious World Procurement Award organization the “Highly Commended” award in technology.
Technology Showcase Partner
Scout is the sourcing and supplier engagement platform trusted by Procurement teams to streamline their process, manage a unified pipeline of projects, and collaborate with stakeholders and suppliers. Scout’s powerful platform drives profitability and makes enterprise commerce faster, less risky, and more transparent, giving CPOs the tools they need to transform their organizations. 200+ global brands trust Scout to provide greater visibility across stakeholders and suppliers, centralize core processes, measure effectiveness, and make Procurement teams crazy successful by delivering better business outcomes. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Scout is funded by Menlo Ventures, NEA, and GV. Read more on the Scout Blog or follow @scoutrfp on Twitter or LinkedIn
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Supply Chain Digital is an innovative, forward thinking ’Digital Community’ aimed at providing Procurement & Supply Chain professionals with industry leading news, analysis, features and reports about the world’s biggest supply chains.
Supply Chain Digital showcases the very latest supply chain and procurement trends by featuring insights from ’Thought Leaders’ across the globe who are implementing ’transformations’ inside large scale organizations.
As the fastest growing global community of Procurement & Supply Chain professionals - Supply Chain Digital showcases the latest Industry Best Practices, the latest in Procurement & Supply Chain Technology as well as all the leading Events, Associations and Award winning companies globally.
SupplyChainBrain is the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource. In addition to providing complete coverage of all fundamental supply chain principles, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, strategies and best practices, forward-thinking ideas, cutting-edge solutions and the latest innovations - and continues to write and report on these as they evolve and mature.
Buyers Meeting Point is owned, managed and edited by career procurement professional Kelly Barner. In addition to providing the industry with events coverage, book reviews, podcasts, and a vibrant social media network, Kelly is one of the most prolific writers in procurement and supply chain. Her work is featured on a number of industry blogs and she is regularly asked to write and contribute to thought leading white papers. Click here to learn more about or connect with Kelly.
CPOstrategy is the go-to source for Chief Procurement Officers and Supply Chain Leaders, discussing the latest transformation stories and the exponential improvements to supply chain performances, through converging efforts between people, partners, technology and process/strategy.
CPOstrategy runs a Supply Chain and Procurement showcase series utilising unique, executive personal narrative, to give light to core topics such as Procurement transformation, supply chain digitisation, contract management, supplier relationship management/ vendor management strategies, change management approaches and beyond.
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