ProcureCon Europe Coming Soon – And a Request for Eyes and Ears

As we reported in August ProcureCon Europe will soon be here - October 17 to 19, Hotel Palace Berlin. And there’s still time to register. Sadly, owing to an unprecedented clash in conference dates this year (it seems every solution provider has chosen mid-October for their customer conference) we are unable to attend for the first time in some years.

We say ‘sadly’ because we genuinely find ProcureCon Europe to be one of the best, well attended and stimulating events for senior procurement people. It has plenty of diverse content, from learned speakers, and a wealth of networking opportunity, all of which we will miss out on this year, as it normally provides us with a plethora of good, thought-provoking content to report on for our readers.

That is why we are asking any of our readers who will be attending this year (and you can get a 15% discount using the code SPENDMATTERS15 when you register online) to keep eyes and ears open for any particularly interesting, controversial, or stimulating content, announcements or ideas, and report back to us. We can either turn your notes into a post for our audience, or we would welcome your own post to publish on the site (it might be worth reminding you that we get about 10K readers a week). So do include your company and what you do, so we can credit you.

So, apart from being our ‘man/woman on the ground’ – why should you attend?

Regular visitors to ProcureCon Europe will know that it is now in its 18th year, and is known as the biggest procurement ‘benchmarking’ event for senior procurement professionals (who come from all over the world). You really do get a good mix of topics, industries and sectors, and we have witnessed some truly outstanding speakers in the past.

Some that come to mind have been Nick Brazier, Head of Procurement in the UK for Allianz Insurance. He demonstrated for us exactly how a 21st century CPO needs to think about the function and the role of procurement. Also, Ton Guerts, from mining and metals firm NV Bekaert SA, whose role is not just CPO but Chief Purchasing Officer and Senior Vice President Supply Chain Excellence. His excellent session focused on the procurement transformation programme he had implemented, with some particularly thought-provoking comments around people issues. And a keynote from Kristian Saksida, CPO at chemicals giant, Solvay, delivered a CFO’s (his background) view of what Procurement should be doing to drive real measurable improvement to hard financial metrics, like EBITDA impact and cash.

This year looks to have an impressive line-up too, with a good mix of mostly CPOs (with a splash of academia and professional bodies) but also supply chain heads, heads of finance, category leaders, sourcing experts and strategists, all from some of the biggest manufacturing names in the world, across a huge variety of industries. We see Ton Guerts on the agenda again this year, talking this time about how you can best leverage supplier-enabled innovation to improve your procurement functionability and serviceability. Also returning is JJ van der Meer of PA Consulting, co-hosting one of the keynotes ‘Being Entreprocurial – How can you place the consumer at the heart of your Procurement function.’

And there are other interesting topics, with a ‘how to’ steer that should deliver some first-hand, solid advice in the areas that matter, like:

  • How to increase your team’s customer and product knowledge to position procurement as a sales-enhancing function – from BMW
  • How to conceptualise and implement ‘value-groups’ to advance from traditional category management and deliver real value to your business – from Thales
  • How to influence behavioural change within your team to move beyond the traditional procurement role and encourage business-leadership skills
  • How to prepare your procurement strategy to overcome the effects of political instability and continue globalising your supply chain – a panel discussion from Rolls Royce plc and Bayer CropScience.

And that’s just some of the first morning – so you see what we mean – plenty of choice for everyone, without mentioning the case studies, topic streams and roundtables. Plus, don’t forget this year is a first for the ProcureCon & CIPS Supply Management Awards, looking at excellence in procurement and the supply chain, and recognising the hard work of companies and individuals who have contributed to growth.

So if your interest is peaked, do take a look at or download the packed Agenda here, and you can register here. And don’t forget your special Spend Matters discount with code SPENDMATTERS15.


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