ProcureCon Indirect – Impressive Line Up of Speakers and Diverse Topics

One of the next big European procurement events in our calendar this year is ProcureCon Indirect. April 17 to April 18, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen. Full details are here.

We missed this two-day event last year but very much hope to attend this one. You can however read our ‘special agent’ review here and one of our interviews here from the previous year if you want an ‘inside’ taste of what it’s really like!

And this looks to be another equally packed and engaging event, in a beautiful place, with more than 100 delegates already poised to attend, 45 influential speakers covering a huge array of topics over the two days, plenty of networking opportunities and a variety of forums including roundtables, case studies, interactive workshops, boardrooms and 12 hours of dedicated small group networking time. Feedback is always positive.

This year titled Transforming Indirect Procurement, ProcureCon Indirect is dedicated to CPOs and senior procurement executives in industries such as Finance, Travel, Telecoms, Retail, Media, and Utilities. It aims to provide practical insights into how to drive eProcurement, RPA and digitalisation strategies and meet the challenges ahead. It also provides an opportunity to learn from other CPOs and procurement leaders who are already innovating, and from whom you can benchmark your own procurement processes.

ProcureCon claims it is ‘an agenda built by procurement practitioners for procurement practitioners.’ Taking a closer look it does look varied and tackles some of the real issues for procurement professionals in the near and the long term. Clearly organisations are taking the whole area of indirect spend more seriously, and the quality of procurement people in the sector is very impressive …

… for example, the first keynote is given by Kimberley Warren, Global Procurement Director, HSBC. She has more than 24 years’ of success stories from the IT and Banking industries and will be talking about future-proofing your strategy and creating a high-value procurement function that has a vital place in the organisation – very topical – as is Realising the full potential of new technology: How can you use AI, blockchain and RPA to support and expand your role in the business? That’s day 2’s keynote.

And this looks interesting:

INNOVATION ALL STAR PANEL Innovation in Action: What projects have demonstrated a clear value-add to your business through innovation in procurement? People in the hot seat will be: Fabienne Lesbros, Chief Procurement Officer, The Co-Operative Group, Eavan O’Halloran, Director of Group Procurement, Primark and Jean Latty, Group Head of Indirect Procurement, Generali. They have each been involved in the digital transformation of procurement and should have some first-hand insight to share.

Then in the first Fireside Chat we have Robert Semethy, CPO, Erste Group Bank interviewing Roger Davies, Group Head of Procurement, Marks and Spencer, about how his leadership has, if you read his bio, ‘transformed a low-spend, transactional procurement team with limited influence into a strategic procurement organisation that prioritises high-value solutions for high-spend suppliers and projects, that has a full mandate throughout the organisation.’ He is also currently leading the transformation to full end-to-end procurement across M&S. It will be interesting to hear his experiences and recommendations.

And that is just a very small part of the event, in fact it’s really just part of the morning of Day 1 – to see who else and what else will be starring in the event, see the agendas here and here.

We’ll also be very interested to hear the outcome of the debate on Day 2 - Robots will take the place of procurement teams – FOR + AGAINST, and to compare the arguments and voting with our own ‘Pub Debate’ “This House Believes that Robots will Run (and Rule) Procurement by 2020.”  You can read our ‘fors’ and ‘againsts’ here and here.

As we say, we are looking forward to attending this year, there will be much to take in, learn from and enjoy we’re sure. And as valued Spend Matters reader you can even get 15% of the booking price, just use the code SPEND15 when you register – which you can do here.

Hope to see you there.

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