Lee Houlson 
Head of Commercial & Procurement Function, BAE Systems, Australia
Tuesday 16 July – 15:50
Panel discussion: Attracting the talent of tomorrow and defining the new face of procurement

Lee Houlson is a highly qualified procurement, contracts and risk management professional with extensive commercial experience dealing with blue chip clients across a number of industries including commercial construction, electricity infrastructure, oil & gas production, mining, aviation and defence industries, leading both commercial and procurement functions and engaging internal and external stakeholders to deliver organisation change.

In her current role as the Head of Commercial and Procurement Function at BAE Systems Australia, Lee has responsibility for all aspects of the function, including: category management; policy, process & governance; learning and development; training delivery; inventory & warehousing; business improvement; analytics; systems & tools; functional performance & reporting.

In addition to Lee’s core role, she is the enterprise champion for Indigenous Opportunity which is a key pillar of BAE Systems Diversity & Inclusion strategy, leading activities to identify opportunities and drive initiatives for Indigenous employment, engagement of Indigenous businesses in BAE Systems’ supply chain, and community engagement through leadership of the RAP working group. Lee has been the Supply Nation point of contact for BAE Systems since 2012 and is the relationship manager with The Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC).

Lee has been an active member of the Australian Commercial & Procurement community for a number of years, participating in professional body forums with IACCM and CIPS and engaging with peers. A member of the CIPS SA/NT regional committee since 2016, and a founding member of both the SA Procurement Leaders Roundtable and the Australian Defence Industry Procurement Group (ADIPG) since 2013. The key focus of these forums is to raise awareness of the Procurement profession to attract new entrants as a career of choice, and to increase capability through Procurement professionalisation.