ProcureCon Europe – Future Proofing Your Procurement Strategy

ProcureCon Europe is coming round again – surely it can’t be nearly a year since we arrived at the Berlin Palace Hotel (not where we stayed mind you) on a crisp Autumn morning on Budapester Stasse, a great central location. And that is where it will take place again this year, but at a slightly earlier date – October 17 to 19. If you haven’t been, Berlin is beautiful and interesting city, especially in an architectural context, mixing the modern with the historic.

Now in its (incredibly) 18th year, ProcureCon goes from strength to strength – it is heralded as the biggest procurement ‘benchmarking’ event for senior procurement professionals (about 300 normally attend from across Europe and beyond) with more than 70 presentations, workshops, roundtables and case studies. We’ve attended many of these events and we can confirm that they are indeed very well attended and represented, and your three days will genuinely be packed with decision-wrangling over which session to choose to attend next. Sadly, and for the first time, this year we are unable to attend the event, owing to a clash in procurement event timetables.* But we want to still bring our readers some good coverage of the themes and key takeaways – so we will endeavour to arrange for some presenters (or attendees) to cover some sessions for us. In fact, if any of our readers will be attending, we’d be delighted to receive your feedback and overviews.

Last year offered a broad range of topics, selected to encourage delegates to exchange opinions and practices, and provoke discussion – this year looks to be no exception. And ProcureCon offers plenty of small-group formats so that delegates feel more inclined to challenge or rethink.

The main outcome of the event is to provide you with enough thought-provoking content to help you improve your existing procurement strategies. So you will hear, for example, about new thinking on the topics that already define your procurement direction, including:

  • How to deliver better-than-expected savings
  • How breakthroughs in technology will disrupt your business environment
  • How to develop management competencies for you and your team
  • How to turn procurement data into business intelligence
  • How to strengthen relations with your internal stakeholders
  • How to mitigate risk across your supplier base

All currently hot topics in our, and let’s face it, most industries.

We’ve had a good look at the agenda across the three days, and it looks to have a good mix of mostly CPOs (as well as 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. For example, Ton Guerts, CPO & SVP Supply Chain Excellence, NV Bekaert, will be delivering an interactive case study on ‘How you can best leverage supplier-enabled innovation to improve your procurement functionability and serviceability.’ We heard from him last year, and if that is anything to go by, this should be an informative and engaging session given by a very impressive speaker – see here what we learnt from him last year. Also returning this year is JJ van der Meer of PA Consulting, this time co-hosting one of the keynotes ‘Being Entreprocurial – How can you place the consumer at the heart of your Procurement function?’ Again, here’s what impressed us from him last year.

But these are just two of a glittering array of big names bringing expertise and experience to the three-day format. On top of this of course are the evening ProcureCon and CIPS supply management awards. It was announced last year that for the first time, WBR, the ProcureCon parent company, and CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) would work in partnership on these highly respected ‘benchmark for excellence’ awards. So, as two of the leading organisations offering procurement and supply chain professionals globally with senior-level networking, training, learning and development opportunities, CIPS and ProcureCon Europe will host the CIPS Supply Management Awards Europe for the first time this year, one assumes pooling their expertise and knowledge. It should be an energising evening displaying just what a team can achieve, and hopefully providing motivation for all.

Do take a look or download the Agenda here, and you can register here.

As a partner, Spend Matters is able to offer a 15% discount for our readers using the code SPENDMATTERS15 when you register online.

* What’s going on this year – so many big procurement events all choosing the same date. If you want to keep an eye on what’s on when, and better plan, do see our mid-monthly events update – you can sign up here.

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