29 March, 2016  — Pre-Conference Seminar: Mastering the Softer Side of SRM: Culture, People, Skills, and Change Management
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29 - 30 March, 2016  — 12th Annual Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management Conference
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29 - 30 March, 2016

Regardless of where your organization may be along the maturity spectrum of strategic sourcing and SRM, this conference is uniquely designed to address the needs of senior executives looking to improve new or well-established programs and drive competitive advantage through collaborative relationships. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Move beyond SRM theory to gain practical and real-life applications to drive competitive advantage through your partnerships
  • Optimally balance collaboration with traditional competitive sourcing strategies to move the conversation from “cost” to “value”
  • Understand and promote the required skills, capabilities, job requirements, and training to strengthen buyer/supplier relationships

 Along with gaining insights into the latest trends, conference attendees will:

  • Delve into best practices around communication, effective behaviors, metrics, and trust from the supplier’s point of view
  • Employ proven change management and stakeholder engagement techniques that will motivate and enable new behaviors across the organization
  • Uncover critical contractual elements to ensure terms and conditions reflect a mutually beneficial relationship in the future
  • Optimize your global SRM platform and have a unified voice among all parties involved to promote transparency, quality, standardization, and efficiency
  • Learn about effective ways to measure and monitor supplier relationships by using proven governance structures
  • Participate in a special highlight activity: a peer-to-peer roundtable session to share practical approaches and actionable ideas with others facing similar challenges so you can gain fresh approaches to the most common struggles 
  • Influence and engage suppliers in a holistic sustainability strategy to maximize long-term value creation and safeguard against quality/reputation risks

Download the full Agenda

Register Early and SAVE $200 before February 13, 2016

Get involved!

If you would like to get involved in the next conference, please contact:

For Speaking Opportunities, please contact Casey Greenzweig at casey.greenzweig@conference-board.org.

For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Michael Felden at michael.felden@conference-board.org

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Supporting Sponsor
Vantage Partners - 2016 Strategic Sourcing Confere
Marketing Partner
iAOP
SupplyChainBrain
G&A Governance & Accountability
AGENDA
29 - 30 MARCH, 2016
LEWIS TOWERS AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO,CHICAGO, IL
29 March, 2016

Registration and Breakfast: 8:30 – 9 am
Workshop: 9 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch for Workshop Attendees Only: 12:30 – 1:30 pm 

The most challenging aspect of supplier relationship management (SRM) and the biggest driver of its success is change management.  SRM changes the way people work together, both externally and internally, by reconfiguring the way multiple operations within a company conduct business. Communicating and enabling this enterprise –wide change (which requires not just new processes and tools, but also new attitudes and skills) is no simple matter— and it takes the ongoing engagement of all stakeholders.  Furthermore, having the right people in place to execute SRM strategies is crucially important to driving initiatives and realizing the financial and strategic value. Building and sustaining collaborative supplier relationships calls for new mindsets and skillsets, not only in procurement and supply chain organizations, but across the enterprise. 

During this workshop you will learn practical ways to manage the softer side of SRM, with a particular focus on the latest thinking and practices in change management. The discussion will cover:

  • Effective ways to change the organizational mindset around working with suppliers, including ways to build trust, improve communication, and optimally balance collaboration with traditional competitive sourcing strategies
  • How to ensure SRM initiatives are embraced across the enterprise through stakeholder commitment and leadership alignment
  • Skills development strategy, including key competencies and skillsets required for SRM program success and how to recruit or train your team to handle responsibilities and expectations
  • Ways to effectively articulate the value and ROI from SRM so that you receive adequate budget and resources for the program to generate additional value
  • The critical role of cross –functional collaboration in enabling SRM success 

Jonathan Hughes, Partner, Sourcing & Supplier Management, Practice Leader, Vantage Partners

29 - 30 March, 2016

Regardless of where your organization may be along the maturity spectrum of strategic sourcing and SRM, this conference is uniquely designed to address the needs of senior executives looking to improve new or well-established programs and drive competitive advantage through collaborative relationships. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Move beyond SRM theory to gain practical and real-life applications to drive competitive advantage through your partnerships
  • Optimally balance collaboration with traditional competitive sourcing strategies to move the conversation from “cost” to “value”
  • Understand and promote the required skills, capabilities, job requirements, and training to strengthen buyer/supplier relationships

 Along with gaining insights into the latest trends, conference attendees will:

  • Delve into best practices around communication, effective behaviors, metrics, and trust from the supplier’s point of view
  • Employ proven change management and stakeholder engagement techniques that will motivate and enable new behaviors across the organization
  • Uncover critical contractual elements to ensure terms and conditions reflect a mutually beneficial relationship in the future
  • Optimize your global SRM platform and have a unified voice among all parties involved to promote transparency, quality, standardization, and efficiency
  • Learn about effective ways to measure and monitor supplier relationships by using proven governance structures
  • Participate in a special highlight activity: a peer-to-peer roundtable session to share practical approaches and actionable ideas with others facing similar challenges so you can gain fresh approaches to the most common struggles 
  • Influence and engage suppliers in a holistic sustainability strategy to maximize long-term value creation and safeguard against quality/reputation risks

Download the full Agenda

Register Early and SAVE $200 before February 13, 2016

Get involved!

If you would like to get involved in the next conference, please contact:

For Speaking Opportunities, please contact Casey Greenzweig at casey.greenzweig@conference-board.org.

For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Michael Felden at michael.felden@conference-board.org

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For a full list of Upcoming Conference Board Events, please click here.

Scheduled Speakers 29 - 30 March, 2016

Scheduled Speakers 29 - 30 March, 2016
  • John A. Caltagirone, Executive Director, Supply and Value Chain Center, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago
  • James H. Cruickshanks. Senior Manager - Supplier Value Maximization, WestRock
  • Jonathan Hughes, Partner, Sourcing & Supplier Management Practice Leader, Vantage Partners
  • Craig Jones, General Manager Supplier Management, Shell
  • Dr. Thorsten Koletschka, Global Lead, Supplier Strategy & Engagement, KellyOCG
  • Trupti Marshall, Vice President, Supplier Management, ABB Optical Group
  • Courtnee Smith, Director, Enterprise Supplier Management, Capital One
  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­R. Kirk Weidner, Vice President, Corporate Accounts, Cargill
  • Kevin Giblin, Head of Sourcing, Procurement & Third Party Lifecycle, Dun & Bradstreet
  • Peter Berndsen, Head of MSP Partnering EU, SThree
  • Jessica Wadd, Principal, Vantage Partners
  • Tony Munoz, Global Sourcing Manager, First Solar Inc.
  • Metani Rooms, Head of Global Sourcing, CSL Behring
Supporting Sponsor
Vantage Partners - 2016 Strategic Sourcing Confere
Marketing Partner
iAOP
SupplyChainBrain
G&A Governance & Accountability