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Thursday 03 December 2020

Time zone: GMT

08:30 – 08:40

Chair’s opening remarks

Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS

08:40 – 09:00

  • Why data visibility and transparency in your supply chain are now more important than ever
  • How to make use of real-time data to achieve visibility and help your supply chain run smoother
  • Best practice for getting started with data tools, navigating a complex technology marketplace and avoiding pitfalls in technology implementation

Jim Townsend, CPO, Wallgreens Boots Alliance

09:00 – 09:15


09:15 – 09:45

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the original session planned for this time has been replaced with a pre-recorded highlight from the CIPS Virtual Conference 2020.

  • Identifying the best-fit technological solutions for your organisational needs
  • Implementing digital transformation smoothly
  • Adopting a strategic approach to processes

Kate Jay, Procurement Lead – ERP Programme, Skanska UK PLC

09:45 – 10:00

Networking break

10:00 – 10:30

Covid 19 has exposed some of the frailties in our supply chains. During this session, Natalie will look at some of the main issues emerging and why Digitisation is key to resolving them, sharing GEP’s experience on how to get it right

Natalie Henfrey, Director of Consulting, GEP

10:30 – 10:40


10:40 – 11:10

  • Assessing time consuming manual tasks in your procurement process that can be automated
  • Understanding how robotic process automation can benefit your processes and teams 
  • Implementing automation smoothly and effectively without further process disruption

Evan Sutherland, UK Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Balfour Beatty

11:10 – 11:15

Networking break

11:15 – 11:45

  • How AI can be adopted into our daily processes 
  • Identifying where AI can support your function and supply chain needs 
  • Insights on where and how AI has been implemented successfully

Sophia Fahlen, Head of Sourcing Customer Units ZGC & ETP, Ericsson

Nick Jenkinson, Former Senior Director, Business Services, Procurement & Corporate Real Estate, Astellas Pharma

Henning Krebs, Senior Director Procurement, Strategic Sourcing and Data Analytics, Lufthansa

Varun Kukreja, Senior Solutions Architect, Zycus

11:45 – 12:00

Networking break

12:00 – 12:30

  • Data Integration —What you need from your data today to be prepared for tomorrow
  • Process Automation & Optimisation—How to define risk tolerances of automated processes
  • Building the business case — Identifying the costs, benefits, and ROI

Georg Rösch, Vice President Product Management, JAGGAER

12:30 – 12:35

Chair’s closing remarks

Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS

Please note, programme is subject to change at anytime without notice