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Chairperson’s opening remarks


Keynote address: Global economic trend analysis and the outlook for Australasian procurement in the next 5 years

  • Evaluating the long term implications of changes in global trade relations
  • What impact will China’s slowdown in economic growth have on business and procurement in Australasia?
  • Mapping the risks of a changing economic landscape and the role of procurement in securitising supply chains, fixing costs and driving profits
  • Navigating uncertainty around changes in available labour, resources, and regulation changes
Peter Munckton, Chief Economist and Head of Market Strategy, Bank of Queensland


Opening address: A contextual address from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

The demands facing procurement professionals today are much broader and more complex which brings both opportunities and challenges for us all. Whether it’s modern day slavery, CSR strategies or cyber security, business leaders are turning to procurement for the answers.
Complex risks such as these make it even more important for us to take a broad commercial and supply management perspective in our roles.
– Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply


Regional analysis – Evaluating procurement and supply management in the region against global benchmarks

In this session we will deep dive into the latest international purchasing and supply management trends. What lessons can be learned from procurement and supply practices from across the globe?
As the profession changes and adapts to identify itself within the boardroom what practices, methodologies and learnings can we garner? And how do we apply these lessons to local businesses?
– Len Blackmore, Chief Procurement Officer, Transport for NSW- Group Rail
– David Macdonald, Head of Procurement Asia Pacific & Air BP, BP


Networking break and afternoon refreshments


Research presentation: Digitalisation in procurement and supply

The University of Melbourne carried out global research with CIPS to gather insight into the levels of understanding and implementation of digital systems in the procurement community worldwide.
The survey was conducted in mid-2018 and was completed by over 700 supply chain managers in more than 20 different sectors and 55 countries took part, making it one of the most unique global surveys of its kind. We bring you insights into the findings of this survey and an understanding of how your business can benefit and mitigate the risks hindering your digital journey.
Danny Samson, Professor and Co-Editor in Chief, Operations Management Research, University of Melbourne
Zahra Seyedghorban, Lecturer, Operations/Supply Management, University of Melbourne


Q&A session: Embracing the digital world – how the increasing adoption of technology in procurement will redefine the global marketplace

  • Digital disruption and the effect on procurement and supply chain practices
  • Understanding the 11 enablers of digital disruption and their effect on your business
  • Thinking outside the physical domain – redefining the supply chain within the digital sphere
  • Thriving in an agile, digital ready world – the benefits of an agile approach to increasing customer centricity and responsiveness
  • Exploring the rise of machine-to-machine interaction and the evolving role of humans in implementing the strategic objective
Speakers include:
Danny Samson, Professor and Co-Editor in Chief, Operations Management Research, University of Melbourne
Zahra Seyedghorban, Lecturer, Operations/Supply Management, University of Melbourne
Siju Johny, Chief Procurement Officer, Transgrid


Panel discussion: Attracting the talent of tomorrow and defining the new face of procurement

  • Identifying the balance of traditional, soft and digital skills every future procurement leader will need to run a successful business
  • Are recruitment briefs really addressing the skills procurement leaders are looking for?
  • Profiling the motivations and expectations of the younger generation to attract the best talent in the digital age
  • Future leaders of tomorrow – retaining high quality staff and defining a clear career progression path for growth
Speakers include:
– Coretta Bessi, Chief Procurement Officer, Ausgrid
Lee Houlson, Head of Commercial & Procurement Function, BAE Systems Australia
Kylie Burke, Procurement Manager, GWA
Margaret Pearson, Chief Advisor Procurement, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment


Chairperson’s closing remarks


Close of Day One



Morning refreshments


Chairperson’s opening remarks


Opening keynote: Successful leadership strategies to create highly effective teams and deliver next generation procurement models

What makes a successful leader? While the role of the CPO continues to change at the top level, how do you ensure that you continue to engage, motivate and retain the best teams?
This session looks at creating a ‘winning culture’ within your organisation by identifying the key leadership principles every leader should follow. Assessing value and battling perspectives, this session will redefine what it means to lead from the back whilst delivering strategic value.


Thought leadership session: A CPOs perspective on combating modern slavery

– Julie Robertson, Chief Procurement Officer, Major Contracts, Department of Corrections National Office


Looking beyond compliance: Unlocking competitive advantage and perpetuating change through the Modern Slavery Act in your organisation

  • Enhancing good governance throughout the organisation by promoting changes to business-wide thinking
  • Exploring the key metrics and tools necessary to demonstrate compliance in line with business critical objectives
  • Transforming business risks into business opportunities – navigating the tricky landscape of supplier onboarding by having the right conversations around the Modern Slavery Act and identifying concern areas
  • Learning from global legislation – what lessons can we take from global success and failure?  
– Ryan Kirgan, Head of Procurement, Downer Group


Q&A session: Taking a top down approach to the problem of modern slavery

Join our plenary keynotes as we ask the burning questions about Modern Slavery and what it means for business usual. Understand how to identify this key legislative act as a business critical objective and translate this into day to day activity that your company can live and breathe.
– Julie Robertson, Chief Procurement Officer, Major Contracts, Department of Corrections National Office
– Ryan Kirgan, Head of Procurement, Downer Group


Networking break and morning refreshments


Case Study: Achieving supplier diversity – building a robust supplier infrastructure that will extend your competitive advantage

  • Maximising the benefits of engaging local and diverse suppliers in your supply chain and not compromising the bottom-line
  • Exploring how your approach might differ when working with diverse suppliers compared to industry supplier disruptors
  • Incubating and investing in growing a diverse supplier base
  • Standardising due diligence around onboarding suppliers – identify fit for business vs fit for purpose suppliers
– Greg Walsh, Director, Winya
(Winya – Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility and Overall Winner 2018)

Case Study: Managing risk in the supplier negotiation processes

  • Identifying levers you can use to negotiate a better deal with your essential suppliers
  • Do the best-in-class companies adopt a different engagement model?
  • The value of including benchmarks in the contractual terms


Panel discussion: Creating strategic synergies with suppliers – Turning transactional relationships into strategic alignments

  • How to identify which suppliers will add the greatest value through a partnership approach
  • Managing your risks and ensuring that there is a balance of risk taking when looking at new and existing suppliers
  • Leveraging supplier insights and capabilities to drive innovation and revenue
  • Using collaboration to drive innovation and growth
– Jeremy Goodman, Director of Supply Chain, Carnival Australia


Panel discussion: Delivering effective change management throughout your organisation

  • How to identify and alleviate areas of inefficiency that do not align with business strategy
  • Sharing your vision for greater effectiveness with your team, the board and your suppliers to achieve greater buy-in
  • Categorising core abilities and skills needed to achieve long term sustainable change
Speakers include:
– Ken Tuke, Chief Procurement Officer, Public Transport Victoria
– Tod Cooper, Chair of New Zealand Branch, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
– Lynn Penny, Group General Manager Procurement, Mirvac


Networking Lunch

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Utilising BIG Data analytics to get the most out of your suppliers

In this session we will explore the use of data to accelerate the supplier journey.  Understand how your suppliers interact with your company in more meaningful ways through analytics and how to leverage this relationship for business gain.
Provide more accurate supplier performance analysis through deeper insights into your existing data and systems.

Case study: Cost effective, sustainable procurement strategies – how can you drive sustainable change through your organisation

  • How do we define sustainable procurement?
  • Creating a successful procurement business case beyond the dollar value
  • Switching to alternative materials in line with business growth plans
  • How following a sustainability programme generates business value and can help you deliver on business objectives
Paul Howard, Assistant Chief, Joint Defence Services, New Zealand Defence Force

Increasing your supply resilience and mitigating risk around inventory management

  • Identifying potential risk factors in supply
  • How to set up an achievable contingency plan to mitigate disruptions in supply
  • Improving the bottomline through the application of digital tracking technology
  • Leveraging robotics for more accurate inventory and warehouse management
Lucie Chami, Chief Procurement Officer, Vitex Pharmaceuticals

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Mitigating business risk through integrating a comprehensive supplier risk assessment framework into your legacy system

  • Defining the parameters used to measure supplier risk
  • How to perform accurate evaluations of supplier risk throughout the life cycle of the contract to ensure in time, on -budget delivery of services
  • Evaluating the risks of new business opportunities – knowing the benefits and pitfalls of sourcing in new countries

Catching the Tiger by the Tail – Taming Complex Strategic Procurements

This session will showcase the best practice approach to planning for strategic procurement projects made more complex by factors such as their size, risk, or political visibility.
It will cover how to prepare you and your team, how to simplify the complexity and where to start in order to ensure success.
– John Crickmore, Managing Consultant, Commerce Decisions

Leveraging Blockchain to create visibility throughout the supply chain and manage your vulnerabilities

  • Is blockchain technology the right choice for you?
  • Understanding how to integrate blockchain into existing systems and processes to gain end to end transparency
  • Implementing the practicalities of the technology – how to enhance traceability and leverage Smart Contracts in day to day activities


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Leveraging agile contracting to respond effectively to business needs

  • How to create contracts that can quickly adapt to external factors
  • Can AI technology help to create a more responsive and resilient contracting process?
  • Balancing contractual risk and due diligence with innovation in supplier onboarding

On stage Interview: Managing new and existing talent to drive inclusivity and reduce the skills gap

  • Inclusive staff engagement and progression models to enhance employee retention
  • Effective talent management models that will help drive the talent pipeline and help you manage your skills gap
  • Upskilling staff in the digital procurement landscape to ensure we recruit for the talent of tomorrow and not just today
– Karina Harris, Regional Head of Indirect Procurement, Asia Pacific, BP
– Noel Barrett, 
Senior Director, Contingent Workforce Outsourcing, APAC KellyOCG
Peter Hamilton, Vice President and Regional Director, APAC KellyOCG

Case study: Automating Purchase to Pay to increase efficiency and create a better customer journey

  • Automating purchasing activities to allow more focus on strategic objectives and activities
  • Integrating a user-friendly purchasing platform that employees want to interact with
  • Ensuring risk is balanced when automating processes by identifying high risk areas for non-compliance
  • Identifying which purchasing activities should be automated to benefit business outcomes
Fraser Stowers, Executive Manager, Procurement, IAG


Afternoon refreshments


CPO Panel discussion: Delivering effective change management throughout your organisation

  • How to identify and alleviate areas of inefficiency that do not align with business strategy
  • Sharing your vision for greater effectiveness with your team, the board and your suppliers to achieve greater buy-in
  • Categorising core abilities and skills needed to achieve long term sustainable change
Ken Tuke, Chief Procurement Officer, Public Transport Victoria
David Byrave, Head of Procurement, Volkswagen Group Australia 
Lynn Penny, Group General Manager Procurement, Mirvac


Closing keynote address


Chairperson’s closing remarks


Close of Conference