2017 Focus Day

Procurement and supply: Unlocking competitive advantage

The 2017 Focus Day provided the chance to have a deeper dive into four massive subjects of interest - career development, the rise of robots and how you can use them to your advantage, tackling risk and resilience, and how to influence suppliers and stakeholders.

Focus Day, 19 July 2017

09:45 - Registration

10:15 - Opening remarks from Chairman Mark D. Lamb, General Manager for CIPS Asia Pacific

10:30 - Your next career step: Making the most of mentoring
Mentoring can be rewarding for both the giver and receiver. It can be a crucial asset to ensuring you reach your career potential - but isn't only for those just starting out. It requires honesty, patience, trust, respect, encouragement and support. Mentors not only provide invaluable advice as a role model and counsellor, they can open up networks and resources. Mentees in turn provide insight into an employee's perspective and can help their mentor with their own continuous learning as well as presenting an opportunity to hone key skills.
CIPS President and former Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh AO - a passionate mentor - will open this careers session at the start of the Focus Day.

- Sam Walsh AO FCIPS, CIPS President and former Rio Tinto CEO
- Craig Lardner, Principal, Procurement Advisory Services
- Hannah Bodilly, Head of Strategic Sourcing, Enterprise Solutions, Bank of Queensland
- Peter Morichovitis, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Gold Coast
- Nick Lardner, Commercial Manager, Commercial Services, Westpac New Zealand

11:30 - AI, automation and digital procurement
Robots and other forms of digital automation are playing an increasing role in supply chain and procurement technology.  They can be a source of disruption as well as competitive advantage.  Find out from those who are using automated processes to mimic human actions why the rise of the machines should be welcomed.

- Pauline Rolfe, Procurement Operations Associate Manager, Accenture
- Charlie Hollis, Procurement Manager, SA Power Networks

12:30 - Networking lunch
Grab some food, take a breather and get to know some of your peers from this morning's workshops

13:30 - Risk & resilience: Why you need to interrogate your supply base
You may have used the Kraljic matrix to map your strategic supply base but have you mapped the resilience of those business-critical vendors and the products and services they supply? Have you assessed their capability and back-up plans - and do you have any of your own in place? Find out what you should be doing and why in this practical session on the importance and value of greater scrutiny.

- Peter Curcio, Chief Procurement Officer, ANZ Bank
- Tod Cooper, Acting General Manager & Chief procurement Officer, W2 Shared Services
- Jane Wagner, Director, Trade Policy Section, Procurement Policy and Advice Branch, Australian Government Department of Finance
- Bryan Cook, Director, Procurement & Supply Chain, KPMG Australia

14:30 - Building successful relationships with stakeholders and suppliers
Procurement's value to a business largely depends on how it manages both suppliers and internal stakeholders.  Do you bring in innovation from vendors? Will other departments let you help them with their spend? Hear from those who have succeeded in forming beneficial cross-functional teams and how to get the most from suppliers. Brisbane City Council CPO Bruce Pain opens this session by presenting some key insights on how you should approach your business relationship with both parties for maximum gain. Delegates will also get the chance to share their views via live polls designed to make you think and get the conversation started.

- Bruce Pain, Chief Procurement Officer,  Brisbane City Council
- Jacqualin Baldwin, Category & Sourcing Manager, Telecommunications and Business Services, Vic Track
- Dianne Turner, Strategic Procurement Lead, Business Services & People, Australia Post

15:30 - Closing remarks from Chairman Mark D. Lamb, General Manager for CIPS Asia Pacific

15:35 - Focus Day ends

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