High velocity procurement: The competitive advantage

15 May 2019 - 16 May 2019
08:30 - 17:30
InterContinental London - The O2
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Making business growth a procurement reality

The World Procurement Congress is the industry’s largest global gathering of senior procurement executives. The two-day event focuses on the visionary, forward-looking trends that will shape the long-term success and impact of the procurement function. With the 2019 agenda focused on competitive advantage, CPOs and strategy leads will leave with new inspiration for making business growth a procurement reality.

An event you simply can’t afford to miss!

Here’s 5 reasons why you need to be in London on 15-16 May:



Profile-building – The congress attracts the “Who’s Who” of procurement. With the biggest thought leaders and global organisations in attendance, this is a community you want to be a part of.


Benchmarking – Reflect on your strategy in the context of other companies through the roadmaps and case studies being shared in presentations.


Networking – It’s the single largest gathering of senior, global procurement professionals and hands-down the most effective and efficient opportunity for networking in terms of quality and quantity.


Inspiration – With the entire event focused on big picture procurement strategy, presenters challenge the status-quo, leaving you with “aha moments” and a fresh perspective.


Problem-solving – With 700+ attendees, many are experiencing or have already overcome your function’s current challenges, providing a perfect platform to crowd-source new solutions.

Two-days dedicated to the BIG picture

The carefully-curated agenda allows attendees to focus on their function’s long-term strategic goals while also capitalising on quick, short-term wins through variety of session formats:

Team and Culture Development

Ensuring your team has the right balance of skills to meet the needs of modern-day procurement such as strong soft-skills to counterbalance automation alongside solid business acumen

Elevated Operating Models

Building an organisational structure that is flexible enough to continually deliver during business shifts and disruption due to its alignment with the business

Emerging Technology

Capitalising on the success cases of early adopters to bring a proof of concept to your organisation for cognitive procurement and blockchain, ultimately lowering the risk of implementation

Optimising Business alignment

Creating synergy between the procurement and business strategies through collaboration with business units beyond R&D and increasing the C-suite’s visibility of savings and value

Risk management

Establishing a proactive risk mitigation strategy that engages your stakeholders so that you’re aligned on preparations to take on the next crisis or geo-political shake-up

Advanced SRM

Leveraging your supplier relationship management to drive more value through making the step-change to supplier-enabled innovation or advancing to supply ecosystems and innovation platforms

The power within the room is unparalleled








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Networking is at the core of the Congress

Your time at the Congress won’t just be spent listening to presentations. We’ve built more than seven hours of dedicated networking time into the agenda, and created several event experiences to help you get the most out of your time:

Match and Meet

Match & Meet
Your networking will be taken to the next level through our web app. We’ll match you with other delegates based on your shared challenges and topics of interest. All you’ll need to do is plan to meet during a mutually agreed time or during one of our facilitated networking breaks.
Speakers Corner

Speakers Corner
Looking to dive deeper into certain presentation topics? Connect with the speakers from previous sessions in a dedicated networking space to pose your questions and find out further details about their project and function.
Marketplace Live

Marketplace Live!
With 25+ solution providers represented at the Congress, you’ll be able to benchmark your own suppliers, undertake SRM activities and find your next great solution by engaging with the handpicked partners onsite.
Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions
Within the agenda, you have two opportunities to join roundtable discussions help you learn first-hand how to overcome hurdles and capitalise on opportunities from practitioners who are a step ahead.
Members Lounge

Members Lounge
The networking experience for Procurement Leaders members will be complimented by comfy furniture, premium coffee and unique snacks in the dedicated lounge. The Procurement Leaders team will also be on hand to make introductions for facilitated networking.
World Procurement Week lates

Added bonus – World Procurement Week Lates!
By attending World Procurement Congress, you are automatically a part of the wider World Procurement Week community that connects over 1000 procurement professionals! You’ll be able to carry on making new connections and developing business relationships with this wider community into the evenings through organised networking activities.

It’s much more than a two-day conference

World Procurement Congress continues to get bigger and better. Re-live last year’s event in the below highlights video:

Plus, for the first time ever in 2019, by attending the World Procurement Congress, you are automatically a part of World Procurement Week!

World Procurement Week connects over 1,000 procurement professionals, giving you the opportunity to carry on making new connections and developing business relationships beyond the Congress agenda.

We can’t wait to welcome you in London

InterContinental London - The O2

Your two-days of learning will take place at InterContinental London - The O2. Boasting fantastic views of London’s financial centre, this location is sure to provide you with great inspiration during your time at the World Procurement Congress:

InterContinental London - The O2
1 Waterview Dr
London SE10 0TW

Maximise your function’s ability to drive business growth

Partnership opportunities at World Procurement Congress

Interact, engage and network with the most influential senior procurement executives from around the globe by becoming a partner of World Procurement Congress 2019.

A partnership provides you with the perfect platform to showcase your business and expertise to 700+ procurement decision makers actively seeking your solutions.

We provide tailored solutions to maximise your experience – please contact partnerships@procurementleaders.com or call +44 (0)20 7819 1029 to enquire about the opportunities currently available.


Two-days Dedicated to the BIG Picture

The carefully-curated agenda allows attendees to focus on their function’s long-term strategic goals while also capitalising on quick, short-term wins.

Headline Stage sessions allow the 700-strong audience to come together to explore and embrace emerging trends while also the challenging the status quo on traditional practices that may not be suitable for the modern-day procurement function.

Influencer Stage sessions allow attendees to create their own event experience by joining sessions that best align to their function’s key objectives. These smaller sessions will highlight the pragmatics of the visionary topics explored during the headline keynotes.

Headline Stage

Day 1 keynote themes include:

  • Making business growth a procurement reality
  • Global markets, trends and strategic priorities

Day 2 keynote themes include:

  • Identifying and leveraging new avenues for business alignment
  • Sustainable procurement for sustainable business growth

Influencer Stage

Day 1 breakout themes include:

  • Delivering value
  • Supercharging operational excellence

Day 2 breakout themes include:

  • Successful supplier collaboration

Armed with new connections, insights, and a renewed focus, return to the workplace eager to take on the challenges of the future and drive real results.

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Our Partners

Make a lasting impression with a Congress partnership

Becoming a partner of the World Procurement Congress ensures that your name is front and centre with the 700+ procurement decision makers in attendance, all going through transformational journeys and needing to find the right suppliers, now. Can you really afford to not be there?!

Partnership opportunities include:



Meet face to face for valuable conversations with senior procurement decision makers actively seeking out new solutions.

Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Demonstrate your expertise by joining a panel discussion, introducing a case study with a procurement client, or hosting a roundtable.



Ensure maximum brand awareness with the WPC audience, including pre-event promotion, on-site signage and your exhibition stand.

World Procurement Congress 2019 partners

Headline Partner


GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value. Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people – this is how GEP creates and delivers unified business solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness. With 14 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, GEP – based in Clark, NJ - helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. To learn about our comprehensive range of strategic and managed services, please visit www.gep.com. For more about SMART by GEP, our cloud-native, unified source-to-pay platform, please visit www.smartbygep.com

Insight Plus Partner


IntegrityNext – the Supplier Compliance Platform automatically obtains the required self-assessments and certificates from the suppliers and monitors social media scanning over 100 million messages per day for possible compliance violations and reputational risk. Green, yellow and red lights indicate which suppliers are compliant and which need attention.

• Ensure a compliant and sustainable supply base
• Gain competitive advantage by fulfilling your Duty of Care
• Mitigate brand damage and reputational risk
• Avoid regulatory risk and penalties

Among others, IntegrityNext covers Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption, Environmental Protection, Human Rights & Labor, Health & Safety, Diversity, Supply Chain Security, Data Protection, Cyber Security, Sanction List-Checks, Business Continuity, as well as Quality Compliance. 10K+ companies in over 120 countries use IntegrityNext – become a part of the network and achieve compliance quickly!


Knowledge Partners


Extract the hidden value inside your data. We help the Purchasing Departments of large multinational companies to see exactly what is going on in Sourcing & Procurement processes and show them how to manage them in the best way. Traditional approaches on Spending Management are in the past: unifying ERPs is costly and slow in implementation; Business Intelligence tools only show aggregated data based on the poor quality of existing classification; offline manual classifications are obsolete. Creactives provides “Augmented Visibility” and “Innovative Tools” to manage Orders, Invoices and Mas-ter Data, described in different languages, with different coding, from more ERPs and other sources.




Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform. Recognized as a Leader by Gartner, Ivalua’s Source-to-Pay suite is leveraged by over 250 leading companies across the globe to manage over $500 Billion in direct and indirect spend. The platform’s combination of ease-of-use, depth, breadth and flexibility ensures high employee and supplier adoption, rapid time to value and the ability to meet unique or evolving requirements, evidenced by the industry’s leading 98%+ retention rate. Follow us at @Ivalua.



Taulia was founded in 2009 with a single purpose - to enable companies across the supply chain free up cash to boost business growth. Through turning every invoice into a revenue opportunity, Taulia enables organizations to strengthen supplier relationships while adding millions to the bottom line. Some of the most innovative brands in the world rely on Taulia, including Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Pfizer, Hallmark, and many other Fortune 500 companies from various industries. Taulia is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, England; Düsseldorf, Germany; Sofia, Bulgaria; Austin, Texas; and Park City, Utah.


Insight Partners


In today’s fast paced global market timing is everything. You want to protect, grow or transform your business. To meet these challenges we offer clients small teams of highly qualified experts with profound sector and operational insight. Our clients include corporate boards and management, law firms, investment banks, investors and others who appreciate the candor, dedication, and transformative expertise of our teams. We will ensure insight drives action at that exact moment that is critical for success. When it really matters.



Create real business impact for your organization by using C2FO to improve margins and strengthen your supply chain. As the world’s leading dynamic discounting solution, C2FO enables early invoice payment for a discount to your suppliers without impeding existing contracts. With more than 100,000 participating businesses across the globe, C2FO is the most trusted solution for Global 2000 companies and their suppliers. Learn more about accelerating innovation and results with your team at:



Citi® Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) provides integrated cash management and trade finance services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organisations across the globe. Citi Commercial Cards forms part of the TTS business, offering a comprehensive range of payment solutions, with a greater level of control and spend visibility, to help organisations effectively manage their card programme. As a leading commercial card issuer, Citi offers a global footprint, supported by unrivalled card acceptance and a consistent global customer experience. We continue to lead the way in delivering innovative and tailored solutions.


Engagement Partners


riskmethods empowers leading enterprises with an award-winning Supply Chain Risk Management solution that supports the complete process of identifying risk, assessing impact and mitigating risk. Our approach combines innovative Big Data and Artificial intelligence capabilities with insightful risk intelligence to ensure that the right people have the right information at the right time. Armed with a digitized representation of their supply network’s risk profile, our customers are able to make better decisions and achieve first-mover advantage in the face of threats.



ConnXus supplier management software solutions simplify the complexities of global supply chains and allow buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing. ConnXus is a CPUC-certified business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.


Networking Lounge Partners

The Smart Cube

At The Smart Cube, we research, we analyse, we understand. We share our insight with clients— information that isis relevant, practical, and most importantly actionable—to help them see possibilities, seize opportunities, and manage change to propel their business forward. To learn more about the power of insight, visit our website or contact us.


Positive Purchasing

Positive Purchasing are industry leaders in driving procurement transformation across the globe. Combining expert training and tools with effective programs and methods, all supported by our proven digital platform, we help organizations deliver a dramatic improvement in their strategic procurement and negotiation outcomes. The result is lower costs, reduced risk, and ultimately, a performance boost and increased business profitability.

Each of our Category Management, Supplier Relationship Management or Buyer’s Toolkit - and specialist Negotiation - programs is built on a unique best practice methodology supported by high-impact learning and development. Available individually or as part of a complete Procurement Transformation incorporating competency assessment, functional diagnostic, strategic roadmap and governance, our programs have been implemented successfully in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies spanning multiple industry sectors worldwide.



Sievo is a leading procurement analytics company providing Spend Analysis, Savings Lifecycle Manage-ment, Spend Forecasting and Contract Management solutions, also featured as value leader in Spend Matters’ SolutionMap for Procurement and Spend Analysis. We help our clients identify opportunities, translate them into manageable savings projects, embed created value into budgets and ensure that the savings truly hit the bottom line.

At Sievo, we don’t stop at backward-looking analytics but deliver more by creating forward-looking forecasts and comprehensive analytics. By combining internal information with external data sources our machine learning technologies help revealing hidden value from the complex system landscapes with poor data quality.

Let us help to translate your procurement data into dollars.


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Make sure you don’t miss out on the change to take part in the industry’s largest global gathering of senior procurement executives - book your place at World Procurement Congress 2019 below.

Please note that delegate passes to the Congress are for procurement practitioners only. If you are a procurement service provider looking to purchase a networking pass, please contact us at partnerships@procurementleaders.com or +44 (0)20 7819 1029

Full Package

£2,540 (SAVE £950*)

  • 1 day Strategy Deep Dive (14 May 2019)
  • 2 day Congress pass (15-16 May 2019)
  • 1 seat at World Procurement Awards (16 May 2019)

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£2,145 (SAVE £850*)

  • 2 day Congress pass (15-16 May 2019)
  • 1 seat at World Procurement Awards (16 May 2019)

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2 day Congress + 1 seat at WPC Awards

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