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“Where will procurement be in ten years time if it continues to work as it traditionally has?”

This question, or others like it, is raised frequently in commentary on the profession and in discussions with senior procurement practitioners and advisors. Answers vary, but a common theme that emerges is that if procurement is to stay relevant, it needs to become a problem solver or solutions provider. Most procurement functions declare that they wish to be strategic business partners, working with their internal and external stakeholders to deliver solutions, yet too often procurement is still seen as the ‘gatekeeper’ or ‘policeman of process’. While the intentions of procurement are absolutely on the right track, stakeholder perceptions are slow to change.

In order to change those perceptions procurement needs to ‘Break the Mould’ that has traditionally bound it.

Supporting the theme with action, the conference format will also ‘break the mould’. Do not attend expecting a day of ‘death by powerpoint’. While there are a few traditional presentation and panel discussion sessions, much of the day will involve you participating in interactive workshops or round-table discussions.

The presentation sessions focus on new approaches to procurement, such as the ‘Lean-agile procurement’ methodology that is rapidly gaining traction in New Zealand and other parts of the world. We will hear a case study from Oranga Tamariki —Ministry for Children, that recently won the NZ Procurement Excellence Award for the ‘Most Innovative Project of the Year’. We will also hear from two locally developed technology providers, each of whom will provide different slants on how we can break the mould.

There are two interactive mini-workshops that will involve, challenge and inspire you.

The first is all about how you engage with and communicate with your stakeholders, with the facilitator declaring that the session will “help you wow even your fiercest critics, get their involvement, and better yet, get them to see the value of procurement and you!”

The second mini-workshop will you “Break the Mould Now; with Lateral Thinking”. The facilitator will take you through interactive exercises that demonstrate how lateral thinking creates new ‘aha moments’ and will enable you to walk away with the skills to think outside the box, a quality vital to exploring better ways to deliver value.

The final piece of the interactive jigsaw is an ‘un-conferencing’ session. For those unfamiliar with the term, un-conferencing sessions feature short sharp round-table type discussions, with the agenda or topics for those discussions decided by you on the day.

All in all it will be a fun, varied day that will make you think about how you can ‘break the mould’ and provide some tools to help you deliver on it.

I look forward to seeing you in Auckland,

Nigel Wardropper
Managing Director, PASA

Reasons to Attend

  • Understand why ‘breaking the mould’ is critical to the future of procurement
  • Learn how Lean-agile Procurement can enable you to Break the Mould
  • Hear examples of exceptional innovative projects
  • Participate in thought-provoking interactive workshops that will challenge traditional thinking
  • Acquire practical tools to equip you to achieve remarkable results in the workplace
  • Address your specific issues or challenges in the ‘un-conferencing’ session
  • Network and learn with and from your peers at Auckland’s premier procurement gathering

Who Should Attend

PASA Conferences attract a broad spectrum of procurement professionals, from Chief Procurement Officers to category and contracts managers. The programme for the NZ Confex should have wide appeal, with content that should be vital to:

  • CPO’s, Heads of Procurement/Commercial, General Managers – essentially whoever is responsible for the managing of the procurement function
  • Procurement managers/officers, category managers, vendor managers, contracts officers/managers, supplier relationship managers, commercial managers, procurement analysts, sourcing managers, procurement/sourcing specialists etc.
  • C-suite Executives with responsibility for procurement – Come along and see what other organisations are doing and gain ideas as to how to draw more value from your procurement function
  • Suppliers – If you work in sales, business development or account management, dealing with procurement, then you should not miss this opportunity to learn more about where procurement is heading and how this impacts on how you relate.