Twenty Years of ProcureCon in Europe – Indirect Kicks Off 2019


We are getting into procurement spring events now. We attended eWorld this month, and ProcureCon Indirect is hot on its heels. ProcureCon started up in 1999 - this year marks two decades of genuinely engaged procurement execs coming together to share experiences and knowledge and to understand where other organsiations see the function heading. April 2-3 will see ProcureCon Indirect back in Copenhagen with more than 200 CPOs and Heads of Indirect gathered from Europe’s largest indirect spending companies.

We wrote here last month about some highlights to come from Day 1; Day 2 promises to be just as packed and varied with a real focus this year on corporate social responsibility in the shape of sustainability, ethical sourcing, supplier diversity, alongside best practice, transparency and compliance. Sessions include:

How to improve supplier transparency and mitigate key risks to safeguard your brand, protect your business, and ensure compliance, from Swiss Re

Defending against modern slavery: How to best use innovative communication and dashboard technology to ensure best-practice across your diverse range of suppliers, from BT

How you can encourage supplier diversity and inclusion and sustainability programmes with your procurement team and suppliers to lead the way with corporate social responsibility whilst driving business benefits -- an all-star panel

The afternoon at ProcureCon offers up several streams of discussion.

Track A is Next Generation Procurement Models, focusing on mastering change management to becoming a valued business partner, and Track B is Driving Innovation in your HR, Marketing & IT Categories, with a focus on attracting and ;retaining top talent in a highly competitive market and moving towards a cooperative way of working with your stakeholders to harness supplier innovation in your marketing category.

There is also a rather interesting OXFORD STYLE DEBATE – a bit akin to the Spend Matters Pub Debates we’ve held in the past (see this one on Procurement with Purpose). This one is about Traditional Category Management and whether it is the most efficient way to buy for the internal business (we know a few catman firms who won’t believe this is even being debated) so this should be very entertaining. Chaired by Zsolt Szeker, Global Head of Indirect Procurement, Nokia, the panel will pose arguments:

FOR the motion - Traditional category management aligns with the business lines procurement buy for; Category management allows specialists to operate in each business unit and Category management allows procurement to oversee the suppliers in each business unit


AGAINST the motion: Procurement should make life easy for the business; With digitalisation and technology all categories are becoming digital; Changing the procurement model allows for better supplier control; The business doesn’t understand category management

This, we are sure, should spark some lively debate. We’re looking forward to hearing the outcome.

Then to finish off the two days, Cath Hill of CIPS will be asking: What are top 3 trends that will shape the future of the procurement industry for the next 5 to 10 years? Again – another interesting discussion and we are also keen to hear what those three will be. When we find out, we’ll let you know in some follow-up posts after the event.

ProcureCon Indirect is also a chance to connect, benchmark and learn the latest on implementing agile procurement models and leveraging AI, RPA and blockchain. As well as the presentations mentioned there will be interactive sessions, more on which you can read about in the agenda here. This is a two-day programme offering heads of Indirect a chance to network and learn from other procurement leaders. Places can be booked here -- remember to use our exclusive discount code for Spend Matters readers PCISM20 when booking.

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