The Latest Thinking On Supplier Management? Find Out On September 14th in London

On September 14th in London, I will be leading the BravoSolution Real World Procurement session titled “Next Generation Supplier Management”.

So I’ve been working on the session over the last couple of weeks (I know, it is a tough life isn’t it, writing PowerPoint slides while everyone else is on the beach) and it’s in good shape now.

In the first part of the session, we will be going over some conceptual discussion around what exactly supplier management means – we feel that is an important place to start, as we find there is some confusion over terms such as supplier relationships management, supplier lifecycle management, contract versus supplier management and so on. That leads us onto the questions of why exactly should we be worrying about supplier management at all?

We’ll then get into the core of the session, when we will look at some of the latest thinking and developments in the supplier management field. Some of those key themes include collaboration with the supply market and routes to capture supplier innovation– much talked about at the moment, but not so often achieved, we find! Why is that such a difficult nut to crack? We’ll try and answer that question.

The “Circular Economy” and what that means for supplier management is another topic you will be hearing more about in the next few years. It really takes thinking about recycling and whole life costs onto a different level, and is a good example of an emerging are of interest that gives procurement functions and people a chance to take on a leadership role within their organisations, that goes beyond traditional activities.

We aim therefore to combine some practical and immediate advice, plus some more visionary ideas and possibilities. The format, as ever for RWP, is a combination of “lecture”, delegate participation and discussion, all at the Smith & Wollensky restaurant off the Strand in London from 11am till 2pm. That working session is followed by networking with the chance to talk about the issues with 30 or so of your peers over a good lunch.

You can book here for a ridiculously reasonable fee of £49 and there is a 50% discount for CIPS members – just email with your CIPS Membership Number. You’ll get a discount code in return which you enter into the website to receive the discount.

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