14th Annual Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management Conference

Co-Innovation, Risk Mitigation and Data Challenges
APRIL 17 - 18, 2018 | THE BLACKSTONE | CHICAGO, IL

April 17 - 18, 2018

Challenges You May be Facing

To increase value and profitability, it isn’t enough for your organization to remain relevant anymore—today, you must build a culture of innovation, and continue to reinvent your product offering. While your company may be willing to invest in innovation, suppliers can be a major hindrance to your success. Meanwhile, accelerated change continues to disrupt the supply chain, and keeping abreast of new developments can pose its own serious challenge.

About the Conference

The 14th Annual Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Relationship Management Conference is a perennial favorite for executives looking to drive their competitive advantage through collaborative relationships. This action-focused, two-day event will explore insights, strategies, and case studies of successful procurement and supplier relationships.

As an attendee, you will learn how to develop and implement processes to engage in fruitful supplier relationships. Hear from leading experts who will share knowledge and resources for evolving your supply chain and creating new opportunities. Come and discover how new measurement criteria, mutual success strategies, and a culture of innovation through partnerships can help your organization become an industry leader.

The Benefits to You

By attending this conference, you will

  • Gain a firm understanding of successful supplier relationship principals.
  • Discover ways to focus on relationships to mitigate risk and optimize success.
  • Understand how to leverage partner strengths to achieve mutual benefits.
  • Explore how to foster collaboration across the enterprise and partnerships.
  • Find out how to deploy technology to deliver improved performance.
  • Learn how to build a supply chain that creates a model for the future.
  • Collaborate, benchmark, and network with your TCB peers.

Who Should Attend

This conference is designed for senior executives in charge of and/or responsible for:

  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Procurement
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Supply Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Supply Chain

Three Things to Do Now

1. Download the Agenda: To learn more about sessions and speakers, download the latest agenda.

2. Register: Register early and save $400. This offer ends February 3, 2018.

3. Get Involved! If you would like to get involved in this year’s conference, please contact us.

LOCATION

The Blackstone Chicago
636 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60505
Phone: (312) 447-0955

Hotel Cut-Off: March 28, 2018

Please Note: Registration fees do not include hotel accommodations.

LEAD SPONSOR
Vantage Partners - Strategic Sourcing & SRM 2018 -
April 17 - 18, 2018

Challenges You May be Facing

To increase value and profitability, it isn’t enough for your organization to remain relevant anymore—today, you must build a culture of innovation, and continue to reinvent your product offering. While your company may be willing to invest in innovation, suppliers can be a major hindrance to your success. Meanwhile, accelerated change continues to disrupt the supply chain, and keeping abreast of new developments can pose its own serious challenge.

About the Conference

The 14th Annual Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Relationship Management Conference is a perennial favorite for executives looking to drive their competitive advantage through collaborative relationships. This action-focused, two-day event will explore insights, strategies, and case studies of successful procurement and supplier relationships.

As an attendee, you will learn how to develop and implement processes to engage in fruitful supplier relationships. Hear from leading experts who will share knowledge and resources for evolving your supply chain and creating new opportunities. Come and discover how new measurement criteria, mutual success strategies, and a culture of innovation through partnerships can help your organization become an industry leader.

The Benefits to You

By attending this conference, you will

  • Gain a firm understanding of successful supplier relationship principals.
  • Discover ways to focus on relationships to mitigate risk and optimize success.
  • Understand how to leverage partner strengths to achieve mutual benefits.
  • Explore how to foster collaboration across the enterprise and partnerships.
  • Find out how to deploy technology to deliver improved performance.
  • Learn how to build a supply chain that creates a model for the future.
  • Collaborate, benchmark, and network with your TCB peers.

Who Should Attend

This conference is designed for senior executives in charge of and/or responsible for:

  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Procurement
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Supply Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Supply Chain

Three Things to Do Now

1. Download the Agenda: To learn more about sessions and speakers, download the latest agenda.

2. Register: Register early and save $400. This offer ends February 3, 2018.

3. Get Involved! If you would like to get involved in this year’s conference, please contact us.

Christine Cantarino, Executive Director, Global Operations, Procurement Process Tools and Governance, Dell Inc.

Brad Chatterley, Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Young Living Essential Oils

Rona Fourté, Director, Supplier Diversity, Walgreen Co.

Jonathan Hughes, Partner, Souring and Supplier Management, Practice Leader, Vantage Partners

Kreg Koford, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Solutions, Intermountain Healthcare, Inc.

Ina Nagel-Schweigert, Director, Procurement Excellence, Novelis Inc

Kendall Nichols, Center of Excellence, Supplier Management,

J. Terry Simmons, Vice President, Purchasing and Supplier Management, AbbVie Inc.

Dermot Somers, Divisional Head of Procurement, Sharp Packaging Solutions

Terrez Thompson, Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity, The Coca-Cola Company

R. Kirk Weidner, Vice President, Corporate Accounts, Cargill

Pre-Conference Workshop:

Mastering the Softer Side of Supply Management Culture, People, Skills and Change Management


April 17, 2018

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

At many leading companies, the role of Procurement has been transformed in profound ways. We see procurement becoming the linchpin of enterprise strategy. Meanwhile, too many supply management organizations continue to struggle for influence within their companies.

The old procurement paradigm is no longer adequate; we can no longer focus on policing internal stakeholder compliance and rely primarily on competitive pressure to achieve cost savings and motivate supplier performance.

New skills – and new ways of thinking - are required for future success, especially soft skills related to leadership, influence, collaboration, and change management.

During this workshop, we will explore practical and concrete ways to enhance the performance and effectiveness of successful organizations, and earn the right to be a trusted advisor to the business. Key takeaways will include:

  • New competencies and skill-sets required for procurement and supply management success
  • What Sourcing and Supply Chain leaders and professionals can learn from Sales
  • How to ensure sourcing and supply chain management initiatives are embraced across the enterprise through stakeholder buy-in and senior executive support
  • Strategies and techniques to win over the most skeptical stakeholders through a detailed exploration of practical tools for stakeholder mapping, and diagnosing and overcoming stakeholder resistance
  • Effective ways to change the organizational mindset around working with suppliers, including ways to build trust and transparency while protecting IP, improve communication, and optimally balance collaboration with traditional competitive sourcing strategies
  • The latest strategies to enhance supplier collaboration and effectively measure the value and ROI from your SRM program in order to obtain budget and resources needed to drive the next level of value creation
  • What business executives expect from Procurement and Supply Management organizations seeking to be viewed as strategic advisors

Jonathan Hughes, Partner, Souring and Supplier Management, Practice Leader, Vantage Partners

Lead Sponsor
Vantage Partners - Strategic Sourcing & SRM 2018 -