High velocity procurement: The competitive advantage
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
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
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
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
global 5000 companies
‘Head of’ level or above
industry-leading solution providers
annual combined spend under management
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 & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 email@example.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.
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
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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The World Procurement Congress features the knowledge and insights of leading procurement, business and leadership experts from around the globe, including:
Christian Horner OBE
Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team
Christian Horner is the Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. He has led the team from its early days and turned them into champions in arguably the most competitive sport in the world.
Starting out as a driver himself, Christian rose through the racing ranks from karting to Formula 2, the level below Formula 1. Faced with trying to find a team, he started his own and won two championships. Feeling he was better suited to the commercial and strategic parts of the sport, he focused on leading a team. When the drinks giant Red Bull bought the Jaguar F1 team they approached Christian to run it.
Now faced with bigger budgets, more pressure, but also with leading the new players in the sport, Christian set about creating a team. As the newcomers, and with fewer resources than the more established likes of McLaren and Ferrari, he established a culture of focusing on innovation, people and collective achievement. He lured the man rated are arguably the best car designer ever in the sport, Adrian Newey, acquired international sponsors, and signed exciting young drivers like Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Within just five years Red Bull had won their first constructors championship and followed that up by winning in each of the next three seasons. Those four seasons also saw Vettel win the drivers’ title. After their unprecedented success, and under pressure from the bigger teams, rules were changed and Red Bull struggled in subsequent seasons.
Red Bull have competed in one of the most technical, competitive sports in the world, proving that their involvement was more than a branding exercise. Christian considers the vast array of business lessons he’s learned in his career. How he’s built a team of the best engineers, designers, mechanics, businesspeople and drivers in the world. The commercial and cultural challenges of an organisation of almost 1,000 employees, based around the world, working week-to-week in search of millisecond advantages. Competing in a world where the pace of change on and off the track requires collaboration, leadership and robust testing.
Taking in everything from the cutting-edge technology and vast amounts of data now vital to the sport to the logistics of moving a 100 people and tonnes of equipment around the world, Christian reveals the demands of modern Formula 1. With insights like how they use data transmitted from tracks the other side of the world to the UK and back again to make split-second decisions. How Red Bull find and retain the best talent in the face of the greater money and resources of rivals. And, whilst the cars may represent the peak of engineering, the teams are human and the most important rule is to understand individuals and their goals.
Dr. Anita Sengupta
Dr. Anita Sengupta is a rocket scientist and aerospace engineer who for the past 20 years has been developing spacecraft technologies that have enabled the exploration of Mars, Asteroids, and deep space. She started her career working on the launch vehicles and communications satellites. Her doctoral research focused the developing the ion engines that powered the Dawn spacecraft to reach Vesta and Ceres in the main asteroid belt. She was then responsible for the supersonic parachute system that was integral to the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars. She most recently led the development of the Cold Atom Laboratory, a laser-cooling quantum physics facility launched in 2018 to the International Space Station to create the coldest spot in the known universe. She is now leading the development of the next generation of transportation technologies to bring space age technology down to Earth for a greener tomorrow. Her research includes the plasma propulsion, the hyperloop, autonomous air taxis, and supersonic flight. Dr. Sengupta shares her expertise and unique perspectives as a public speaker at venues around the world.
Dr. Sengupta received her MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. In her spare time she is an avid pilot, motorcyclist, scuba diver, mountain bike, public speaker, scifi fan, and STEM advocate.
Robert Guest is The Economist’s Foreign Editor and has reported from more than 70 countries and lived in six. He was previously the US Editor, leading the magazine’s American coverage, and the Business Editor. He has also served as its Washington correspondent, “Lexington” columnist and Africa Editor. A winner of numerous international awards, Robert constantly interviews political and business leaders and follows key developments in Washington, on Wall Street and on Main Street. He also draws on the expertise of The Economist’s global network of correspondents to keep abreast of international political, economic and social issues from major market shifts and general elections to uprisings and house prices. In speeches, Robert discusses his thoughts on US business and politics, illustrated with realworld examples, from the oil-town man-camps of North Dakota to the warehouses of Silicon Valley where start-ups thrive. Globally he also includes his ﬁrst hand experiences such as hitchhiking on a beer truck in Cameroon and being stopped 47 times at police road blocks. He may also explain why Chinese food companies advertise products they don’t sell in the UK on London buses, and how Louisiana uses drone technology to cull wild pigs. Before joining The Economist, Robert was the Tokyo correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and prior to that he was based in South Korea. He is the author of The Shackled Continent, a book that tries to explain how Africa could become richer; and Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism, which describes how migration makes the world brainier.
AP Moller Maersk
Hervé Le Faou
General Counsel - Business & General Aviation and Integrated Systems
Global Supply Chain Director & CEO
Vice President - Global Strategic Sourcing
The Clorox Company
Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Procurement & CPO
Johannes Giloth is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Procurement and Chief Procurement Officer at Nokia, based in Munich, Germany.
Johannes is a senior executive, with broad international and cross-cultural experience in the telecommunications industry in both general management and consulting positions. Results-oriented, Johannes has a track record of successfully running large operations in global companies, leading strategic transformation programs and big international teams in a complex and fast-changing environment. With a proven ability to develop strategies and organizations, Johannes has a strong focus on implementation and the delivery of measurable value.
In his current position, Johannes designs the future end-to-end value chain of digital operations, supply chain and procurement by applying a bimodal approach: driving continuous improvement while investing in disruptive innovations. Generating customer value, being recognized by customers as best-in-industry in operations, defining the future ecosystems as enablers of Nokia’s strategy, and contributing to Nokia’s growth are Johannes’ key aspirations for Global Operations.
Prior to his current role, Johannes was Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics, successfully driving Nokia towards best-in-class manufacturing and supply chain operations, improving operational efficiency and supporting increased value generation for Nokia’s customers.
Throughout his career, Johannes has acquired in-depth senior management experience in supply chain, procurement, organizational and business development, business transformation, change management, outsourcing, mergers & acquisitions, post-merger integration, and management consulting.
Johannes holds a degree from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (1997) in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering and a degree from the University of Greenwich, London (1995) in International Business.
Dr. Klaus Staubitzer
OSRAM Licht AG
Former Vice President
Johnson & Johnson
Former Senior Director Procurement
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.
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
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!
Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want results. Bain advises clients on strategy, operations, information technology, organization, private equity, digital transformation and strategy, and mergers and acquisition, developing practical insights that clients act on and transferring skills that make change stick.
The firm aligns its incentives with clients by linking its fees to their results. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain has 55 offices in 36 countries, and its deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.
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.
Through our Global Commercial Services division, American Express offers powerful backing and support that helps companies of all sizes gain financial savings, control and efficiency. We provide a suite of payment and lending products, solutions for travel and everyday business spending, cross border payments, global currency solutions, and business financing.
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.
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
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 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.
Capita Procurement Solutions are trusted by UK and global organisations to support and transform their procurement functions. They design and deliver innovative, flexible procurement solutions that help clients manage and improve their supply chain. As the procurement business in Capita, they transform procurement, drive efficiencies and realise cashable savings from third party spend through a range of flexible procurement solutions, from strategy formation through to transactional activities. They are unique in the market place, supported by an infrastructure that has extensive subject matter and procurement experts, with insight and intelligence from all of the Capita businesses.
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