Influential CPOs share purchasing plans at December’s Procurement Week Summit

By October 26, 2018Uncategorized

Australia’s most influential CPOs are revealing procurement transformation strategies and setting the scene for innovation in 2019 at this December’s Procurement Week Summit 4-7 December in Sydney.

This flagship summit builds on organiser Quest Events’ established lead over five years in the procurement summit space, bringing together 40+C-suite speakers playing a direct role in procurement reforms.

Key sectors represented include the three tiers of government, energy, technology and telecommunications, building and construction, healthcare, higher education and manufacturing.

The broader narrative focuses on leadership, business transformation, transparency and a deeper engagement with the providers of goods and services. Practical case studies are drawn from across the public and private sector, as well as higher education.

Insightful presentations offer a first-hand look at the changing relationship between buyers and sellers and the future of procurement for nimble, innovative organisations.

Among the keynotes, Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) showcases strategies to future-proof procurement and deliver on the mantra of digital transformation. The DTA’s chief strategy officer, Dr Anthony Vlasic, offers insights into the federal government’s procurement plans and industry outreach.

Moving beyond ‘big bang projects’ into strategic sourcing is explored by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s procurement lead, John Ivil. He shares the experiences of this mega agency’s industry engagement plans, underscored by moves to streamline procurement in a dynamic environment.

The changing nature of procurement and demand to build the leadership base is examined by Beach Energy’s CPO, Hendrik Synman. He offers insights into improving the career track for procurement professionals, building inter-personal skills and expanding business capabilities.

From the private sector, tech giant Microsoft’s procurement lead, Dave Andrew, clarifies the emerging importance of inclusive supplier networks – offering insights into the changing dynamics of buyer behaviour together with trends mapping supplier diversity.

The buyer-supplier collaboration is examined by Mirvac’s transformation head, Krishna Mohan, who explains how to move beyond standard-issue RFPs and the ‘rule police’ into the fluid world of procurement to build resilience into procurement as part of asset management.

The winning formula for strategic procurement, team-building and buyer-seller engagement is also explored by senior executives representing front-line firms including Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra, World Bank, Department of Defence, Australia Post and the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

Registration details are available at

For agenda updates or speaking opportunities, contact Shahida Sweeney on 0413 265 500 or email

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