Consultancy Procurement Council – Annual Summit Coming Soon

Alan Gotto is one of the most experienced and expert practitioners in the field of professional services procurement. One of his initiatives is the Consultancy Procurement Council (CPC),  the “primary peer learning group for senior consultancy procurement professionals.”

On May 17th in London the CPC is holding its full-day Annual Summit, titled “The Future of Consultancy Provision & Procurement”, and it looks like a good agenda – I’m hoping to be there myself for part of the day at least (to listen and report rather than speak).

Shamus Rae of KPMG is going to ask,  “Will We End Up With The Big 3? What Will That Mean for Clients?” That potential for further market concentration is a scary prospect for many I suspect given the strength of the big audit / consulting firms already.

Then we’ve also got Reed looking at “Developing and Delivering a Consultancy Managed Service Solution”. (We wonder if Reed has noticed the success of NEPRO and Bloom and decided this is an area they need to focus on more strongly?)  And on the technology side, SAP Fieldglass will talk about “Growth in the Use of Vendor Management Systems to Manage Consultancy Spend”.

There is more, including Crown Commercial Service giving a public sector angle, and it looks like a genuinely well-balanced and interesting agenda for any professional services category manager or perhaps a head of procurement who covers significant spend in that area.

The CPC has a strong blue-chip membership cadre already, and the website says “expected attendees include senior consultancy procurement leads from AB Inbev, Anglo American, Arthur J. Gallagher, AXA, BP, BT, BBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Centrica,  Deutsche Bank, GlaxoSmithKlein, Google, HSBC ….” And that’s just the first half of the alphabet!

You can register here. It is free if you are a member of the CPC or costs £180 if you are not. So you might want to look at which option to follow if the CPC sounds interesting - you can find out more about the Council by dropping an email to Claribelle Rohde.

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