What do these thought leaders think about covid-19 when we asked them recently at Big Ideas Summit London 2020?
As of yesterday, the number of coronavirus cases topped 500,000 worldwide – doubling in just over a week.
While we can all do our part to stop the virus spreading, there is an added pressure on procurement & supply chain professionals with the business world on our shoulders.
So, we seized the opportunity recently at our Big Ideas Summit London to ask some of our favourite thought leaders what we can do when it comes to coronavirus.
This is what Group Procurement Director at Just Eat, John Butcher had to say when we asked him ‘What’s been your #1 risk with the coronavirus and how are you mitigating it?’…
Procurement Digital Transformation Lead at Diageo, Amit Sheth had a slightly different response when asked the same question…
Strategic Supply Chain Risk Expert and Professor of Supply Chain Management, Omera Khan had this brilliant bit of advice when we asked her ‘How can companies manage supply chain risk in times of crisis?’…
We’re living in extremely uncertain business and economic times at the moment with many sources indicating that a deep global recession is coming. So, what should procurement be most worried about? This is what Rachel Stretch, Consultant at John Lewis & Partners suggests…
Pressure is something that procurement & supply chain professionals everywhere would be feeling right now. So, last, but certainly not least, we asked legendary Rugby coach, Sir Clive Woodward ‘How do you work under pressure?’
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Companies today are facing a rising tide of regulations and an
increased awareness among consumers around the sustainability of the goods they
buy. With an average of 65% of a company’s added value being generated by its
suppliers, consumers and regulators today hold companies responsible not only
for their own practices, but also for those of their suppliers. To meet the
demands of regulators and consumers, procurement chiefs must be prepared for a
drastic increase in transparency regarding the sustainability of their
suppliers – a tricky task that can only be mastered with the help of modern
An increasing number of regulations require companies to monitor
and even report on the sustainability practices of their suppliers. Adding to
existing standards such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Ten
Principles of the UN Global Compact, many new laws have been passed in recent
years. This includes the EU CSR Reporting Duty that came into effect in 2017,
the French Duty of Care Act (2017), the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), the UK
Bribery Act (2010) and various regulations around things such as the sourcing
of conflict minerals.
Increasing consumer awareness
Consumers today are well-informed and increasingly aware of
sustainability aspects. This reflects strongly in their buying behavior,
creating a demand for products that come from ethically-sound value chains.
With the increased transparency enabled by social media, companies often come
under scrutiny if they turn a blind eye to unethical practices in their supply
For instance, when a spate of suicides among workers at Foxconn
plants occurred, there was pressure on Apple, one of its customers, to take
action over the working conditions at those plants. The textile industry was
similarly affected when more than 1,000 workers died in the 2013 Rana Plaza
accident in Bangladesh. For companies to stay competitive and meet consumer
demands, procurement needs full visibility so it can identify and react swiftly
to such issues.
Sustainable investing on the rise
Investors are increasingly integrating sustainability aspects into
their investment strategy. Over $30 trillion of assets are now being invested
according to the premise that environmental, social, and governance (ESG)
factors can materially affect a company’s performance and market value. And
after Larry Finks 2020 letter to CEOs we can
all be certain that this trend is here to stay.
With trust, revenue and funds at stake, sustainability will become
the key for businesses to maintaining their license to operate. For companies to
succeed at this, they must leverage the unique position of procurement to
foster their sustainability agenda. Ensuring sustainability in the supply chain
is not only a mandatory legal requirement, but an opportunity to transform
procurement into a value-adding function.
Making a smart bet on tech
However, monitoring the sustainability of thousands of suppliers
is a complex and difficult task. Traditional methods, such as supplier audits,
are resource-heavy. Many companies therefore focus on just a few strategically
important suppliers. Medium-sized and smaller companies often shy away from the
effort completely, which leaves them dangerously exposed to undetected risks
lurking in the supply chain. Advanced technology can pick up the slack here and
help CPOs gain greater insight into their supply chains. A standardised,
scalable approach is necessary: one that can be applied to 100% of a company’s
suppliers, not just the strategic ones. With this technology in place,
procurement functions can then determine where risk lies and use their
resources effectively to investigate further and take action.
Big new ideas don’t always meet with universal approval – but sometimes the most controversial ideas are the most useful.
Last week Procurious had the pleasure of spending the day dreaming big with some of the brightest minds and expert thinkers from inside and outside our profession.
Yes, it was the time of year for Big Ideas London – and what a day it was!
Our speakers delivered keynotes across a huge range of topics, from social media and procurement technology to smart pills and why winning at IT tended to make you the winner in the long run. Each session brought its own insights into the current and future state of the procurement profession – providing, as ever, tangible ideas for our audience of senior procurement professionals to take back to their organisations.
Bu there wasn’t always agreement. Discussion abounded, both inside the room and outside on social media, as to what procurement needs to do to evolve and what the next 10 years will look like.
Some ideas proved far more controversial than others. But every single one was useful for the audience.
We’ve picked out 5 of the most controversial, but still useful, ideas from the day.
And you know we’ve had some great discussions when the use of smart pills to ‘hack’ your brain isn’t one of the most controversial concepts from the day!
1. If you’re going to be boring on social media, you might as well not bother!
Social media is disrupting everything it touches. And social selling lies at the very heart of the business model. This doesn’t mean everyone is selling a product, but social media platforms can be vital tools for procurement when it comes to finding what they are looking for.
According to Tim Hughes, CEO and Co-Founder at DLA Ignite, 92 per cent of B2B buyers start their search online. And by using social media 78 per cent of salespeople are outselling their peers.
But the idea on which Tim focused was how people are perceived on social media when they appear in searches.
Social selling products is one thing. But social selling can also mean promoting yourself on social media as a professional, an expert thinker, an influencer – or even the next manager young professionals want to work with.
For too many professionals and experts, the perception of them on social media isn’t good. You’ll find profiles lacking key information and not providing any evidence to back up claims of experience and knowledge. And, for many, profiles that are downright boring!
Tim’s view is that if your profile is boring then it’s not even worth your time getting involved. Tim used the example of two global experts in a niche market – one with a wealth of information across all of his profiles and the other with barely their name on the page.
Who, as a user, are you going to approach for advice? Even if the person with no information is the global expert, you’re going to look elsewhere.
Social media is absolutely the way to go, but you need to commit to it and share all the right information in order to make an impact.
2. Technology solutions providers have failed procurement
Eighty-one per cent of firms who have invested in technology solutions for risk management aren’t satisfied with the results. What are we all doing and why would we accept this, asked Justin Sadler-Smith, General Manager at Basware.
But Justin wasn’t finished there. In what was a bold and controversial statement from the general manager of a major player in the technology solutions market, he argued that technology solutions providers have failed procurement. Failed in their software, failed in their support, failed to provide what was required beyond a one-size-fits-all approach.
But, according to Justin, this failure was a two-way street. Procurement teams had to share a measure of the blame because they had accepted these solutions (with a shrug) as ‘good enough’.
This led to a great opportunity for our first keynote hashtag of the day (#goodenoughisnolongergoodenough) and a healthy discussion on exactly what the profession needed to be doing in the future.
3. It’s time to rethink the Triple Bottom Line
You’ve heard of product recalls – Toyota; Samsung; Pfizer; Mattel – but how about recalling an idea? It might sound strange but that’s exactly what John Elkington, the founder of the concept of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL), has done.
The thinking behind the recall was outlined by Professor Omera Khan, a strategic supply chain risk expert and champion for sustainability in business. The concept of the TBL is still sound, according to Omera. But as sustainability becomes even more critical the TBL needs to be stronger to challenge existing concepts and really make supply chains sustainable.
Supply chains need exponential or fundamental, rather than incremental, change – and to stop marching to the drumbeat of old ideas and concepts. Omera talked about creating regenerative supply webs that will help prepare procurement for the future and the ‘green swans’ that are inevitably heading our way.
4. CPO to CVO
If there was one idea that lit the blue touchpaper in the room and on social media, it was this controversial suggestion by Diego De La Garza, Director, and Philippe de Grossouvre, Business Development Director, both at Corcentric.
The duo discussed what the procurement profession was going to look like in 20, 30, 40 and 50 years’ time. Even with this long-term view, Diego and Philippe emphasised the importance of procurement understanding where it came from in order to better understand its future.
It was the idea that procurement will become recognised as a part of finance in the future that really got discussion going. The movement from CPO to CVO (Chief Value Officer) would give a wider-ranging strategic role, but could it also take procurement thinking back 20 years to when this idea was first espoused?
The audience was split on whether this was the correct approach. Does procurement need to go backwards to go forwards? You decide.
5. RIP the RFP?
The final controversial idea was one that had the most experienced professionals in the room recoiling in horror. OK, not really, but it was a theme that was brought up time and again over the rest of that day.
Once again we return to Justin Sadler-Smith’s keynote and the idea that procurement is too wedded to traditional concepts to really evolve.
The biggest cause of this was the continuing use of RFP/RFQ/RFx in sourcing activities. Justin argued that in a world of big data that can be analysed almost instantly by technology and AI, why would businesses continue to use valuable time and resources on an RFP?
Could the same answer not be found from stored supplier data, compared and reviewed as required?
Or could there be a balance? Rather than taking RFP/RFQ/RFx away altogether, organisations should be looking to use them in the appropriate settings.
Think tenders for multiple millions or billions of pounds/dollars. Or follow Chris Fielden at Innocent, for whom going to market can help provide genuinely innovative solutions to problems that raw data analytics just couldn’t provide.
Whether you’re a traditionalist or a futurist, this debate is not going away any time soon.
Dream big – like a champion
So there you have it. We dreamed big and created some great, new, big ideas for you to take away to think about and discuss in your organisation. You may not agree with all of the ideas and you might not agree with our list, either.
But the important thing, as our final speaker Sir Clive Woodward, England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning head coach, noted: ‘Do not underestimate where new ideas can come from, so always keep yourself open. Practice “Relentless Learning” and you too can develop the DNA of a champion.’
What are Sir Clive Woodward’s 3 essential qualities that go beyond talent and will build a great team?
With the war on talent alive and well, especially in procurement, if you’re hiring you should be more than satisfied with finding the most talented employee, right?
While most of us would be thrilled to secure top talent, Sir Clive Woodward, England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning head coach and keynote speaker at Procurious’s Big Ideas Summit, thinks that talent is simply a starting point.
In his latest book How to Win: Talent Alone Is Not Enough he explores this theme in detail. He describes how beyond talent, there’s a myriad other qualities that are required for true success.
But if talent is only a starting point, where do you go from there? Ahead of his address at this year’s Procurious Big Ideas Summit, we sat down with Sir Clive and discovered what he considers are the essential qualities of a great team.
1. A sponge, not a rock
‘I always want to hire the most talented people into my teams, but this to me is the starting point and not the finish,’ says Sir Clive.
‘I will never underestimate the importance of teamwork. But I have this saying that “Great Teams are Made of Great Individuals”. If you have great individuals in your teams, the team stuff becomes a lot easier because you have motivated people, giving their all and are dedicated to the overall goal.’
But what makes people great? It’s certainly more than talent, as Sir Clive points out.
One critical quality, he says, is that people on your team need to be open to continually learning and developing. They need to have a perpetual growth mindset, and be ‘sponges’, not ‘rocks’:
‘I see a lot of individuals that start out as sponges when they join an organisation but sometimes the longer they have been with an organisation, they can drift into being a rock.’ In coaching language these people are unteachable, uncoachable.
Sir Clive thinks that from an individual and leadership perspective, once you’ve become a ‘rock’ you cease to be able to reach your potential.
Yet equally, if your team are ‘sponges’ you must be willing to metaphorically give them something to absorb, says Sir Clive.
It’s your role as the leader but also each person’s as a team player to be continually pushing: ‘Many people hire very talented people, as I do. But you have to keep investing in mentoring and leading these people to harness their talent – but this must be a two-way thing.’
2. Working well under pressure
This year so far, we’ve had the Australian bushfires, the coronavirus and Brexit . . . and that’s just the external pressures procurement is facing.
Stress and pressure is all around us, especially in the increasingly complex business environment.
To combat this, a great team needs to work exceptionally well under pressure, Sir Clive asserts, which, again, comes down to the individual’s ability to work under pressure.
‘In the military, there’s a saying that in a crisis, people fall back to their lowest level of training. The message here is: train hard and train well. You’ll need it.’
Many leaders who believe their people have never had to work under pressure have trouble understanding how this is a quality that can be ‘trained’.
Yet it’s absolutely possible, says Sir Clive, who is a fundamental believer in the brain’s ability to do just about anything it wants to: ‘You would be amazed at what’s possible, you really would. Even if you haven’t worked under pressure before, you can retrain your brain; your people’s brain. It’s amazing what you can do.’
Sir Clive is certainly the expert on working under pressure. Back in 2003, the English team were level with Australia in extra time in the Rugby World Cup Final. They ended up being the ultimate example of performing under pressure when star player Jonny Wilkinson moved the game from a draw to a victory by kicking a drop goal in the final minute of extra time.
3. Attitude is everything
Ever had a brilliant employee who tries to undermine you at every opportunity? Or a know-it-all who understands procurement back-to-front, but whom your team hates?
If you’ve experienced the dreaded ‘attitude’ in your team, you’ll relate to Sir Clive’s final advice when it comes to your people and your team: Attitude is everything.
Being a sponge is important and performing under pressure equally so. But attitude can be everything when it comes to performance, says Sir Clive: ‘Everyone in your team needs to have a good attitude. It’s the absolute cornerstone when it comes to performing at your best.’
Other pearls of wisdom
Did you know that Sir Clive thinks that you can tell a lot about a person from their tardiness? And that you need a checklist, not a to-do list, to help bring a vision to life?
What can we learn about leadership from the rugby field? A lot, it seems…
Have you ever headed into a supplier negotiation and joked you’re ‘going out into battle’? Ever finished a successful project, and said ‘you’re kicking goals’?
There are few physical similarities between our procurement desk jobs and the rugby field. But the way we lead our teams should be exactly the same, says Sir Clive Woodward, former coach of the England rugby team and keynote speaker at Procurious’s Big Ideas Summit.
Woodward, who coached the England side to its historic 2003 World Cup victory, believes that sport and business has more in common than we think.
‘There’s no difference between sport and business,’ he asserts. ‘In both, you need to create champion individuals and a successful culture.’
And if anyone would know, it would be Sir Clive.
Not only is he one of the world’s most revered rugby coaches, he’s also had a successful career in business.
Prior to coaching, he worked for nearly two decades at Xerox in various leadership positions, as well as managing his own leasing company. Now, one of the things that he does is run a software company that helps leaders – in business and in sport – build culture-critical skills at scale.
For Sir Clive, creating a winning culture might come easily. But, as anyone who’s recently led a team will know, achieving ‘success’ in this age of mass transformations, technological change and unstable environments can be quite a challenge.
To help, Clive has 5 ‘big ideas’ he uses to help leaders and teams achieve big things.
1. It starts with respect
Winning and maintaining respect, according to Sir Clive, is one of business’s greatest challenges. Yet at the same time it’s a great opportunity.
Sir Clive says that contrary to popular opinion, respect isn’t won simply by attaining a certain job title: ‘You don’t get respect simply because you’re the leader. Just because I’m the head coach or the chief executive doesn’t mean people are going to respect me.’
Instead, Sir Clive says that we all need to focus on the quality of our actions.
This is particularly important for high performers, who are always striving for better: ‘You get respect because of what you do and by the quality of your actions over a sustained period of time.’
2. Talent and egos
On talent in general, Sir Clive thinks that it’s definitely a leader’s job to try and hire the most talented people.
But what managers need to realise, he says, is that sometimes the most talented people aren’t the easiest people to work with:
‘Everyone’s different, you can have mavericks, egos. There’s no simple way of doing it – if you employ the most talented people, sometimes they’re not the easiest people.’
But, he reminds leaders, this is part of the job that while not easy can still be managed:
‘As a manager, it’s my job to work with them [talented people, even if they aren’t easy]. The best way to manage them is on a one-on-one basis, explaining to them the philosophy and that we need them to be totally part of that process and that we’re trying to make them better at what they do.
‘I’ve not met anyone talented who doesn’t want to get better.’
While talented people may (or may not) be easy to work with, they do need to be teachable, says Woodward.
He says that an individual’s willingness to learn is critical when it comes to building winning teams: ‘The ability to accumulate knowledge around their role gives people an awareness of what they need to do to continually improve on what they already have.’
Knowledge, though, is not simply academic learning, Woodward asserts. It’s much more than that: ‘Knowledge is a passion for seeking any kind of self-development. It’s not simply collecting diplomas.’
4. 100 things, 1% better
To create a winning procurement team, you need talented, teachable people. But their talent is only a baseline – says Sir Clive.
And you need to be constantly improving them to improve performance. Contrary to popular belief, this ‘improvement’ need not involve seismic shifts in any particular area.
Woodward says that you’re better off focusing on micro-improvements in a number of different areas: ‘Building on several areas in a small way frequently yields dramatically better outcomes. If you go into every aspect of what you do and break it down and improve those things by 1%, it all adds up.’
This philosophy has worked particularly well for Sir Clive in rugby: ‘In rugby, we understand all the parameters – we break it down into as much detail as possible and try and do every bit of it slightly better than anyone else.’
And, as in rugby, in business you can’t simply improve and then stop.
Constant performance improvement needs to become part of your culture: ‘You have to always be [improving] and just because you’ve improved something one day doesn’t mean you can’t improve it the next. It has to be the ethos of everybody.
‘Everybody in that team has the obligation, if they think we can do something better, they need to hold their hand up and say it.’
5. Innovation can come from anywhere
Procurement teams are increasingly expected to be innovative. But who is responsible for that innovation?
Everyone, according to Sir Clive, even people outside procurement, as they may bring different perspectives: ‘[When you’re looking for new ideas], it’s important to canvas the input of independent third parties in order to pool as much knowledge and ideas as possible.
‘These ideas can come from anywhere, not just leaders. Using other people you like and respect and [who] are bright enough to look in can give you amazing new thoughts and ideas.’
As appealing as this sounds, Woodward does concede that it can be challenging within organisations, although ultimately necessary:
‘[Introducing new ideas] can be potentially troublesome, particularly when there is an already entrenched way of doing things.
‘There’s no easy answer to that, there’s no magic fix. The only easy answer is to sit down, explain to your team, even in one-on-ones and then empower them to get involved.’
Sir Clive Woodward is the keynote speaker at the Procurious Big Ideas Summit in London, due to be held on 11 March 2020. Tickets are sold out, but you can secure a digital delegate ticket here (free for a limited time).
Whether or not your business is prioritising sustainability right now, there’s no doubt that it will be the focus for many of us in 2020 and beyond.
As we all well know, executing on sustainability can be challenging. Is it even possible to have full supply chain transparency? How do we manage the requirement to be sustainable against risk and cost savings? Almost all sustainability initiatives, while well-intentioned, can be fraught with complexity.
While this may be the case for many of us, one person who believes that sustainability isn’t as complex as it seems is Chris Fielden, Group Supply Chain Director for Innocent Drinks. Innocent Drinks is a revolutionary health drinks company that gives an incredible 10% of their profits to charity. Beyond this, Innocent focuses on sustainability throughout every part of their supply chain, from creating a plastic bottle that’s made from 100% renewable material to developing a carbon neutral factory.
Prior to his keynote at Procurious’ Big Ideas Summit, we sat down with
Chris to see how he helps drive such incredible sustainability achievements at
Live your values – and incorporate them into your
Have you ever looked at a corporate values chart
and thought to yourself, ‘those don’t really seem to matter here?’ Many of us
feel the tension between aspirational values and lived values, but one of the
reasons Chris thinks that Innocent is so successful in sustainability is
because they don’t do this.
Chris believes that sustainability can’t simply be
a ‘tick box’ but it needs to be front and centre of a business’s genuine value
set if they want to achieve it. On this, Chris says:
‘Innocent drinks is a values-led business,
absolutely. We believe in [and live by] sustainable capitalism. We hire people
against those values.’
‘Often the right way [to do things] might not be the easy way, but we do things the right way anyway because we truly live our values.’
Even beyond this, Chris says that sustainability
needs to be incorporated throughout an organisation’s entire business
‘Here at Innocent, we’ve incorporated sustainability
into our entire business model through becoming a B-Corp.’
Give your people freedom
Sustainability is often about pushing boundaries
and doing things that haven’t been done before. So, in order to achieve that,
Chris thinks you need to give your people creative freedom – and this is
exactly what’s happened at Innocent.
‘[The carbon-neutral factory idea] came about
primarily because we told our people not to accept no. We told them “don’t accept
it when someone says it can’t be done.” In all aspects, we try not to constrain
Not limiting people also applies to the suppliers
you work with, says Chris. In fact, when you don’t give suppliers limitations,
you can sometimes achieve things you never would have imagined. When planning
Innocent’s carbon-neutral factory, Chris gave his suppliers an unusual
challenge – which yielded an unusual (yet highly beneficial) result:
‘With the carbon-neutral factory, we said to the contractors
we employed – just geek out and tell us what you would do if you had unlimited
funds and no restrictions.’
‘Doing so meant that it actually turned out cheaper
than we budgeted and the solution is ever better!’
Giving their people and suppliers freedom has meant
that Innocent’s new carbon-neutral factory, to open in Rotterdam in 2021, is truly one of
a kind. Costing over $250 million, it will incorporate
initiatives such renewable energy, sustainable water use, and resource-based
waste management. Its Rotterdam location will also mean considerable C02 is
saved, as the drinks are produced close to where ingredients arrive, saving
trucks over 13,000 trips a year.
Not being afraid to fail
Despite Innocent Drinks being a relatively large
company (it recently surpassed £10 million in donations alone), everyone works
hard to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit, says Chris. And a big part of this
is not being afraid to fail.
‘Failure is a big part of what we do. We only have
to be 70% sure of what we’re doing. And failure has led us to where we are –
we’ve doubled in size because we’re not afraid to fail.’
This can sometimes be hard to stomach as a
procurement professional, Chris thinks, as we’re trained to mitigate risks. But
Chris insists that Innocent still do this:
‘We do have risk registers so it’s not as if we’re
Where to from here?
With Innocent being at the forefront of all things
sustainability, it’s hard to imagine what Chris might still want to achieve.
But there’s always more, says Chris, and ultimately, he’d like to see more
businesses taking an active role in helping the environment:
‘I would love to see more businesses doing more –
but we can’t wait for politicians to mandate this. The impetus needs to come
Ultimately, Chris has an important message for all
procurement professionals out there:
‘If you put sustainability at the heart of your
agenda, then know this: you can make a difference very quickly.’
What are you doing to drive the sustainability
agenda at your business? Let us know below.
Want to learn more about exactly how Chris is
driving the sustainability agenda at Innocent, and how you can do the same?
Chris is speaking at the 2020 Procurious Big Ideas Summit on March 11, and you
can hear all of his insights through becoming a Digital Delegate. Grab your free pass
And if that isn’t enough to entice you to watch along, we’ll leave the final words to those from some past events.
Big Ideas Sydney 2018 – Live from the sidelines
Question: What does it take to be an influencer in an organisation?
Big Ideas Chicago 2019
Question: What’s the most exciting social or environmental change you’ve been able to drive in your career?
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Time to get out your diary and save some important dates. Whatever events you’re looking for in 2020, Procurious is your perfect partner in procurement.
Yes, we know it’s only a few days into the New Year. But we’re so excited about the great events we’re got coming up this year that we just can’t wait any longer! Since Procurious first came into being in 2014, we’ve had the aim of putting on a show when it comes to great procurement and supply chain-related events.
And 2020 is no different.
But, as we know you are all
busy people, and that diaries tend to fill up fast, we thought we would share
some important dates for you to pencil in. That way we can help you plan, and
you won’t miss out on anything we’ve got in store for you during the year.
We pride ourselves on making
sure we’re offering great content for every member of our community. Not only will
we be bringing you webinar discussions on some of the hottest topics facing procurement
and supply chain right now, but we’ve also signed up of the some of best leaders,
thinkers and speakers around, all set to help you get involved.
So, whether it’s webinars or
Roundtables, Summits or podcast series, there’s something here for you in 2020.
We know how much you like a
webinar, so we’ve got a great line-up already sorted. We hit the lift-off
button in only a couple of weeks from now on the 23rd of January
with the highly relevant, ‘Don’t Quit Your Day Job’.
Procurious’ own Helen
Mackenzie will be joined by special guests Lara Naqushbandi from Google,
Christina Morrow of Ricoh and Imelda Walsh from The Source to discuss all
things careers. With topics covering everything from making sure you have a
solid plan before you start the quest for a new role to the one change you can
make right now to get you on the path to the top, it’s sure to be a cracking
start to the new year.
Following this, we’re keeping
up a regular plan of webinars throughout the year. You’ll be able to find dates
in the Procurious Events
Calendar, and we’ll keep you up to date via the Blog and handy email invitations.
We’ve extended our CPO
Roundtable programme for 2020, with events in London and Edinburgh. We’ll be
gathering some of the profession’s top CPOs in the region, or dare we say in the
world to serve up new ideas and spark the wisdom of the crowd as they discuss
some of the biggest challenges facing procurement and supply chain now.
Although these events aren’t
open to everyone, we still like to share some of the great ideas in the
Procurious community, as well as a selection of Blog articles in the lead up to
the event, and wrapping up the best of the talking points and key takeaways
If you’re a senior leader can want to attend a London or Edinburgh
Roundtable event, please contact Laura Hine by clicking
If podcasts are your
particular flavour of professional development, then 2020 will deliver for you
too. We have a week of supply chain themed podcasts, partnering with IBM, from
the 11th of May. Then returning in October is our annual Career Boot
Camp, with all new speakers and all the best career advice you need.
One of the best things about
our podcast series, besides the great coaches and content, is that, at 15
minutes, they are a short, sharp way to get your learning in for the day. If
you want to get a flavour of what to expect, you can find all our 2019 podcasts
in the Learning Area here
on the Procurious website.
Biggest of Big Ideas (2020)
Big Ideas Summit isn’t just the world’s first digitally-led
procurement event, it has a global reputation as the most innovative leadership
event for the profession. And 2020 is going to be bigger than ever … and that’s
not just because our theme is ‘Dream Big’.
Not only do we have Rugby World Cup Winning Head Coach and former Olympic
Team GB Director of Sport, Sir Clive Woodward OBE presenting, but a range of the
world’s most influential thinkers, eminent business leaders, and commercially
creative minds converging in London on March 11 for Big Ideas Summit London.
As always, we’re offering you
the opportunity to join us, either online, or in the room with other global
is already open for this unmissable event. After London, Procurious will be
visiting global members in Chicago (September) and Sydney (November), and we’ll
be releasing more details on these events closer to the time.
Sign Up, Prepare to Soar
We’re sure this has all whetted your appetite for 2020 and the great events Procurious has to offer. If you have any questions at all on the events, you can get in touch with the team via the website, or on one of our social media platforms.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at these events during the year, so sign up now and get ready for your career to soar high this year.