Supply Management Forum 2022


25 min

Chair’s opening remarks

Big Questions Live: How to lead your organisation through change, uncertainty and crises

Global supply chains have been disrupted in recent times, which has led...

Global supply chains have been disrupted in recent times, which has led to senior executives looking to their senior procurement and supply chain professionals to help steer businesses towards a more stable and resilient future. Threats such as Brexit, Covid-19, climate change and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis has led to a myriad of interconnected challenges, including labour shortages, a scarcity of materials, backlogs at ports and energy price hikes – to name but a few.

From chicken to computer chips, very few industries have been unaffected – and who would have thought tech giant Apple would be stopped in their tracks by unstable supplies? 

But some disruptions can also present opportunities for procurement teams, though this hinges upon strong leadership and vision to help drive that creativity and innovation in changing the ways we work. 

In this live and interactive panel discussion, we ask experts how procurement leaders can prepare for the unexpected, explore new markets and build sustainable, resilient supply chains that can respond to unexpected challenges in the future.

Join us and be part of an important dialogue – and ask your own question to our expert panel. 

We explore:

  1. As the situation in Russian and the Ukraine worsens it has the potential to create a devastating disruption to supply chains across industries, from energy to agriculture, high tech, aviation and automobiles. Could you outline some of the main supply chain impacts and offer some possible solutions?
  2. Where are the positives for procurement in terms of: Brexit, climate change and Covid-19?
  3. How have these risks led to change so you’re more prepared for the next big supply shock? 
  4. We’ve also faced widespread shortages in labour and skills. Is this era of The Great Resignation a chance to rethink procurement teams, office working, and the talent pool?  
  5. Are there opportunities for modernising operations and digitalising supply chain management which could help strengthen procurement security?
  6. Can procurement leaders use their enhanced voice and reputation to deliver major initiatives, such as ambitious climate goals or cybersecurity?
  7. What can leaders do to meet their targets while preventing mass burnout of their teams?
  8. Which industries are most vulnerable to supply chain problems, and what can companies do to anticipate and mitigate these risks
  9. How can we balance the need for a supply network for security with sustainability and low-carbon goals?

1hr and 15 minutes

Networking coffee break

15 min

Presentation: Security versus sustainability. Can you achieve global sourcing to spread supply risk while also meeting low-carbon targets?

During this session we will be showcasing companies who have put this...

During this session we will be showcasing companies who have put this question at the forefront of their thinking as we explore the following areas;

  • Domestic vs foreign based sourcing
  • Mitigating the risk of unravelling sustainability efforts for short term supply 
  • Does sourcing from multiple sources just create more problems?
  • Creating supply chain transparency to attract new customers and raise the bar for existing and potential suppliers
  • Using processes or waste from other industries to insert your business into the circular economy
  • How you can work with existing suppliers and your sector peers to improve processes and raise standards
  • Best practises for considering scope 3 emissions

30 minutes

Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings

1hr and 35 minutes

Sponsored roundtable

40 Minutes

Lunch and networking break

50 minutes

Honda Motor Europe Case Study: The digital procurement landscape. Reducing the risk of investing in new technologies.

This session will explore the creation of a procurement team from scratch...

This session will explore the creation of a procurement team from scratch whilst investing in new digital software. 

  • The decision making process and championing the best technology
  • Dealing with an aggressive implementation schedule to deliver on time with multiple constraints
  • How to turn your procurement function into a valuable business asset
  • The benefits of being open in your processes and change decisions
  • Making the business case for C suite investment in procurement technologies
  • Digital supply chain mapping exercises to better improve transparency and disclosure

30 minutes

Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings

1hr 35 minutes

Sponsored rountable

40 Minutes

Networking coffee break

20 minutes

Panel: Planning for Sourcing Problems

Sharing ideas and experience of lessons learned that will help increase resilience...

Sharing ideas and experience of lessons learned that will help increase resilience when tackling issues on global contracts and shortages, whether materials, labour or access to services. This session is all about how businesses have done some original thinking to increase their supply chain resilience.

  • Digitalising your processes for gains in efficiency and security 
  • Anticipating and planning for uncertainty by mapping your supply chains and customer relationships
  • Reacting to demand changes and re-deploying existing resources to meet present needs
  • Sourcing local suppliers and looking for skills within your existing workforce for solutions to problems
  • Stockpiling key materials and raising finance to ensure you deliver during tough periods
  • Combining people, processes and technology to create robust supply chains
  • Using geographically distributed manufacturing to spread risk 


Chair's closing remarks

Drinks Reception with GEP

1hr and 30 minutes