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Seizing Procurement’s Opportunity

Global crises are the mother of re-invention.

As the opportunity to re-invent the procurement function anew presents itself, there is no more important time to get together and discuss the most pressing issues to ensure procurement firmly positions itself as a critical function to deliver business value. 

The PL Australian Forum Virtual addressed, through up-to-the-minute real-life case studies, interactive discussions and intimate, fast paced and focused micro breakouts, how to best seize the opportunity not just to restart, but to propel procurement forward as a strategic lever for any business.

Guided by Procurement Leaders’ sharp take on market developments, sourced from its global community, with an agenda built for CPOs, SVPs, and VPs, this Forum drew on the expertise of proven procurement leaders, affording you a live and dynamic forum for insight and knowledge exchange.

Why procurement experts attended?

Interactive content tailored to you

Challenge yourself to think outside the box with a series of case studies, success stories and design thinking workshops that will encourage interactive knowledge sharing and innovative ideas around digital strategy and innovation. 

Industry-leading research insights

The event is underpinned by Procurement Leaders’ world-class research insights on the biggest issues affecting procurement including future trends, C-suite alignment, digitalisation and innovation within processes, talent, technology and sustainability.

Make long-lasting connections

We understand how important it is to connect with your industry peers and have included opportunities throughout the forum to encourage you to get to know your fellow delegates and share ideas in a more informal virtual environment.

Gain a wider perspective

Benefit from a wider perspective on the macro business trends affecting procurement in a TEDx style session featuring a speaker of world-wide renown from outside the procurement industry.

Our hand-picked line-up of procurement innovators and change-makers 

Gain the exclusive opportunity to hear from high-profile renowned figures at Australian Forum Virtual

Julie Bishop Procurement Leaders Australian Forum chair

The Hon Julie Bishop

Former Foreign Minister of Australia

Join the Hon Julie Bishop and hear first hand how rising geopolitical tensions and Covid-19 are impacting on international relations and discuss the need for resilient supply chains during a time of disruption.

The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until her resignation in 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.

As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop was responsible for strengthening Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.

In 2014, she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Under her leadership, the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was developed, providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next decade; and the New Colombo Plan was established, enabling Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Within five years more than 40,000 students have participated in the Plan.

In a political career spanning over 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister for Women’s Issues and Minister for Ageing.

Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth.

Julie is the Chancellor of Australian National University, chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute, chair of The Prince’s Trust Australia, director of The Palladium Group, member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti, Greensill Capital and the Human Vaccines Project.

She has also established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.

Be part of a truly global network

Becoming a member of Procurement Leaders means becoming a member of a truly global network of procurement professionals spanning almost every major region in the world, as you can see in the map opposite.

Every year we host member exchange events in different locations, most recently in Basel and Philadelphia. Our larger congresses, taking place throughout the year in London, Miami and Singapore, attract hundreds of senior procurement leaders who attend to network, learn and advance their functions.

Find out more about becoming a member. 

15-18 September 2020

2-6 November 2020

24-26 November 2020

Our congresses are the highlight of the procurement calendar and we are looking forward to connect our global network virtually. The congresses will host sessions across multiple days, where delegates can expect a curated agenda of CPO-led content, cross functional insights, member stories and insights from leading solution providers with a social networking element each day. There will also be the opportunity to network in smaller group sessions, collaborate in design thinking style workshops, and benchmark with peers in industry specific roundtables. With a new digital platform where through one click you will have access to a fully customised virtual experience with digital agenda, polling, multi speaker and panel views, breakouts and networking, we are excited to offer all virtual attendees an unparalleled event experience.