Tuesday 7 May 2019

Supply Management are launching this one-day event dedicated to strengthening procurement’s business partnerships, helping attendees and their functions deliver increased business value.

We'll bring together the most useful connections between senior procurement professionals and industry-leading suppliers just for you. We'll connect you with those who can help through 1-2-1 meetings with experts specialising in the areas you want to know about. 

Suppliers and delegates will also listen to top procurement professionals from some of the biggest companies exploring the theme of innovation through content sessions comprising of panel debates and keynote speakers.


What can I expect?

Delegates will receive on the day:

  • 1-2-1 tailored meetings 
  • Full access to four content sessions
  • Discuss key challenges facing the profession
  • Networking with peers
  • Keynote session 
  • Networking drinks

Do I qualify?

If you are a senior procurement professional with a large purchasing power then you can apply for a complimentary place.

Applying is FREE, it only takes a few minutes and this Forum brings big rewards which could make all the difference to you and your organisation this year.


09:00 Chair's opening remarks

Disrupt, innovate, succeed

09:05 When innovation keeps you on your toes - Staying ahead of the curve in the era of constant disruption
- How to manage disruption in a rapidly changing world
- Supporting and harnessing innovation by cooperating with start-ups
- The importance of fostering a culture of innovation
- Balancing risk and agility when driving innovation
- Keeping transparency and integrity in the supply chain

09:30 Why an adaptable and flexible talent pool is key to drive a CPOs strategy
- The importance of influencing and building skills in order to raise performance levels
- How to offer and incentivise a clear career path
- Today’s challenge of talent acquisition and retention
- Capability: where do you find them and how do you train them?
- Training: big organisations vs small businesses
- Bridging the gap between finance, HR and procurement
- How diversity and inclusion can lead to a more successful thinking process
- Developing talent that has a higher aptitude and capability for technology

10:00 Networking break

10:30 Pre-arranged 1-1 meetings

12:30 Lunch & networking

13:30 Pre-arranged 1-1 meetings

15:30 Networking break

Automation, AI and blockchain - Impact on procurement and supply chain

16:00 Panel debate: Technology and the procurement function: What does the future hold?
- How automation and AI is already impacting procurement
- What are the benefits for procurement of automating more processes and embracing technology?
- How can procurement get to grips with analytics and predictive analytics?
- What does a great digital procurement strategy look like? What does a fully digital procurement function look like (people, processes)?
- Moving from hype to reality: how Blockchain could transform your supply chain

16:50 Keynote: Where next? A look at technology, business and society

17:20 Chair’s closing remarks

17:30 Drinks & networking

18:30 Finish



If you are a senior procurement professional with large spending budget get in touch.


The forum will take place at County Hall, London
etc. Venues County Hall
Riverside Building
Belvedere Road

Situated on the Southbank of the Thames, etc.venues County Hall has an enviable location next to The London Eye with breathtaking views over The Houses of Parliament & Big Ben and easily accessible from both Waterloo and Westminster stations.  Download the directions here. 

How to get there


Jo Plinston
General Enquiries

P: 0208 267 4046

Sam Johnston
Sponsorship Opportunites

P: 0208 267 4965