This year’s CIPS conference will be held under the theme: Procurement and Supply: Unlocking Competitive Advantage. In today’s market place there is a need to drive competitive advantage, to be flexible and look at ways to enable strategic partnerships with SMEs, local suppliers and start-ups who may offer innovative solutions or have more time to generate new ideas.
- Changes in the state of global economies as a result of political upheaval – what will this mean for procurement?
- How to develop your procurement strategy during uncertain times – how are procurement practitioners preparing for Brexit?
- Cross-functional working: what other business functions want from their procurement teams and how do they collaborate to improve business outcomes?
- How to embrace a flexible approach to on-boarding and working with suppliers in order to drive innovation.
- What is the evolving skill set of today’s procurement professional and does the profession need to re-brand itself in order to attract the next generation of talent?
- Learn how companies have turned to artificial intelligence and the use of robots to speed up processes and improve efficiency across procurement and other business functions.
J Cromack will be leading Breakout session 3
Breakout Session 3: Procurement Compliance
Practical talks: The increased legislative burden across the business
Procurement is operating in an ever -increasing regulated environment. The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018 is the biggest change to data protection legislation in more than 20 years. As a result, organisations will need to ready themselves for the impact that this will have across the business. J wll explain the 10 steps to prepare for GDPR, and that software and processes across the business will need to change inline with the new rules.