The top five highlights at the region’s most influential procurement conference


As the region’s most influential procurement conference comes to Melbourne, October 12 and 13, it is the perfect opportunity to learn what’s shaping the new age of procurement. 

“Why it’s all different now” is the theme of this year’s Premier Confex, Procurement and Supply Australasia’s annual conference at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. 

The agenda for #PremierConfex SEWF22 is jam-packed with content and opportunities to learn from speakers at the forefront of procurement. 

Talent includes Astra Zeneca and CSL Behring for perspectives from the supply side and key presentations from Bain & Co, KPMG and GEP. 

Does your procurement team deserve recognition? 

If your team went the extra mile during the pandemic, give them the recognition they deserve in the region’s spotlight. The Annual PASA Procurement in Practice Excellence Awards, The NIGELS, has three awards up for grabs. 

Submitting an award is easy just apply online in three simple steps. 

What to expect at Premier Confex 22

The agenda is packed with 24 speakers over two days. 

Renowned Columnist Robert Gottliebsen, a 50-year commentator on business and investment in Australia, kicks off day one of the conference on October 12. 

Robert writes daily commentary for The Australian’s digital  and print publications plus monthly for the Eureka Report.

There’s also new research to be unveiled from the Economist and SAP, while a closing keynote is to be featured from DP World. 

Some highlights

  • 9:15am – 12 October – Robert Gottliebsen: Why it’s all different now …? The Macro-Economic Context for next-gen procurement after Covid and 2023.

In 2022 the procurement industry learned to cope with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. But 2023 will be a different world with new challenges and new rules. Robert Gottliebsen will map those challenges. 

Book your ticket. 

  • 12 noon, 12 October – Gerald McAdoo (Invalua): Delivering Step Change in Corporate Social Responsibility through technology.

Legislation, consumer and employee expectations are increasingly creating pressure on organisations to improve Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) performance. Yet, while many organisations have announced ESG initiatives, only a few have made meaningful progress. In this session, learn what the best are doing to not just benefit society, but also increase sales, improve employee retention and more.

  • 2pm, 12 October –  Tom Zielinski Senior Director – Consulting & Services Leader ANZ at GEP Worldwide Procurement Playbook for a Never Normal World. 

The extraordinary challenges facing businesses today have created unique demands upon procurement organisations. Procurement leaders today must now address a range of concurrent challenges including rising inflation, increased supplier risk, market volatility, and evolving environmental & sustainability expectations, amongst others.

  • 9:45am, 13 October – Mirko Kleiner, President of Lean-Agile Procurement Alliance: Future of Procurement – From Function to Capability.

The only thing we can predict is that what is different now, will become much different in the future. Get inspired by a set of success stories how a future of procurement could look like and how to setup your organisation more agile to be ready to respond and innovate quickly. 

  • 4:45pm 12 October – Ben Fruin MSc, FCIPS,  Executive Director, Global Head of Direct and CMO Sourcing, CSL Group: Threading a practical procurement strategy for 2023 – a CSL Case Study. 

Theorising a new procurement strategy for a new era, post-Covid, is not as easy as some may assume. Understanding and supporting evolving business requirements in a constrained and volatile global market, then developing into a single coherent and practical supply programme is a complex challenge. Learn how a top three Australian company like CSL ensures seamless supply lines to patients and customers across the globe.

Book your ticket to Premier Confex.

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PASA (Procurement and Supply Australasia) is the leading provider of information, education and networking opportunities to procurement professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand. PASA supports the largest community of engaged procurement stakeholders in the region, through its renowned series of events, publications, training, awards and PASA CONNECT membership network. PASA is a trading name of BTTB Marketing Pty Ltd. BTTB Marketing has operated under the BTTB, CIPSA Conferences and PASA names for over twenty years.

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