ProcureCon Indirect in London just two weeks away

Doesn’t time fly.  I’ve been intending to write about ProcureCon Indirect for ages, and suddenly it is only two weeks away!

It’s at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, London on April 16th – 18th, with the main conference event and speakers being on the 17th and 18th . It looks like  a very strong speaker line-up, and the first day focuses on strategic sourcing whilst day two focuses on outsourcing strategies and collaboration.

The presenters include quite a few people I know, and quite a few I know will be worth listening to – here’s just a random sample of the names:

  • Gabháin Neary, Supplier Sourcing Leader EMEA and LATAM, Google
  • Chris Bullock, Procurement Director, Unilever
  • Gareth Hughes, Head of Procurement, Legal & General
  • Jim Hemmington, Head of Procurement, BBC
  • Nick Jenkinson, Head of Procurement, Daily Mail & General Trust
  • Andrew Smith, Head of Indirect, Royal Mail
  • Matthias Manegold, Director, Global Strategic Procurement, Barcardi
  • Francesco Donatelli, Chief Procurement Officer, UniCredit
  • Jamie Foster, Procurement Director, Hitachi Rail
  • Paul Alexander, Director, Indirect, BP

There’s always a fair amount of variation in quality when you get a long line up of speakers, although my sense is that generally, procurement people are better presenters on average than they were 10 years ago. And my US colleague, Jason Busch, is a big fan of the quality of ProcureCon event presentations:

The final word: ProcureCon is the hidden gem from a presentation content perspective in the procurement conference scene...  if you want to drop in and truly learn about a general or specific topic, we can’t think of a better set of events.

To be fair, he points out that the level of attendees can be a little variable – it’s not all CPOs by any means. But the focus on Indirect spend sets this particular event apart from many others, and I hope to get along for some of it myself (although it does clash with my Real World Sourcing session on the 17th).

More details here if you’re interested – maybe see you there!

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