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September 13, 2023 | Hilton Hotel

Sydney Big Breakfast.

Our Big Breakfast events are back following the tremendous success of our sell-out 2022 series. We’re hosting seven Big Breakfast’s in seven cities throughout the region in 2023.

Connect and learn over breakfast.

We’re bringing an expanded program in 2023 to bring more procurement networking and knowledge over a tasty breakfast. Centre to each event is how best procurement can navigate today’s key challenges in the profession.


Hilton Hotel, 488 George Street, Sydney


September 13, 2023

The Theme.

Each event will follow a similar theme, allowing key differences specific to each region.
Key challenges facing the procurement profession will be explored, including:

Mitigating the effects of high inflation – refocussing on value creation over cost savings

Delivering on stakeholder demands for raised ESG standards from the supply side

Rebalancing sourcing decisions based on risk management as well as cost advantage

Capturing the true benefits now available from eProcurement technology and digitalisation work

Reviewing the future of global sourcing from Australia & New Zealand in the face of deglobalisation worldwide

Understanding local needs and differences

Why you should attend.


From 7:00am:
Coffee, juice and networking

Breakfast served 

Introduction and welcome
The 4 unavoidable questions facing procurement throughout 2023

  • What new challenges do procurement partitioners face following the pandemic?

  • How are these exacerbated by the current context of high inflation, supply chain blockages, the war in Ukraine and growing ESG needs?

  • And, which are your TOP ESG priorities – compared to most people’s top nine?

Jonathan Dutton FCIPS, CEO, PASA

Value over Cost: Why would you want to work in Defence procurement?
Thales are a global Defence contractor headquartered in France and a large scale supplier to the Australian Defence Force. They provide a wide range of defence systems, avionics, underwater sonar technologies, IT & Cyber systems. Yet Thales procurement policies are structured to exacting EU standards and they manage the inbound supply chain to Europe, Australia and worldwide to their same global standards. How are they bringing rigorous ESG standards to bear as an essential part of their procurement strategy; managed by the team in Sydney as well as around the country? And how do these needs sit alongside high security of supply requirements set into fixed price contracts with the Australian Government during this period of higher inflation? 
Michelle Richard, Director of Procurement, Thales 

Trends, Challenges and Strategies & Tactics for Success in Global Procurement and Supply
Global supply chains have become increasingly stressed over the past few years. Various geopolitical, economic, environmental and public health factors have disrupted global trade and brought many challenges for procurement leaders. Most of these forces will reverberate throughout 2023.

Unavoidably, difficult strategic supply questions will have to be answered at an organisational level during 2023, presenting strategic procurement imperatives for most CPO’s, including not just cost in an inflationary world but also:

• Managing international supply chains and logistics during times of uncertainty

• Right-shoring – the importance of supply market diversification and establishing an agile sourcing strategy

• Balancing new supply risks against the cost advantages of sourcing from low-cost countries – including your exposure to China

• Supply chain transformation, digitalization and security

• Supply chain sustainability and still achieving your ESG objectives
Rachel Wu, Managing Director: Global Procurement & Supply, Axis Group International

Coffee Break and Networking

Value beyond Cost: A one-on-one interview with Phillip McDonald, CPO at Woolworths
As one of the high-profile supply chain successes from the pandemic, Woolworths have a tough act to follow in the post-Covid era. So, how are they now working to deliver ‘value’ to their stakeholders, including customers, in a new era of higher-inflation, supply instability and all-encompassing ESG requirements? How do they prioritise these questions, work in an agile way and how exactly do they add critical value by using an internal floating ‘strategy team’?  
Join Woolworths CPO, Phil McDonald and host Jonathan Dutton for a revealing discussion.
Phillip McDonald, CPO, Woolworths

Value including Cost: How Veolia are managing sustained savings and enhanced cash-flow in the context of working to deliver supply-side ESG commitments in a sustainable organisation
In a post-merger scenario, especially, cost savings are still critical and cash flows vital to success. But in a sustainable organisation, ESG commitments are also important. So, how exactly is the procurement team of an environmental resources and waste company like Veolia managing their supply-side ESG strategy to deliver broader and better outcomes for their stakeholders at the same time as delivering sustained savings & cash benefits too?
Gwen Inglis, CPO, Veolia

CAPABILITY: Crafting your procurement L&D plan for the post Covid era
Procurement had a good Covid and stakeholders were impressed as we stepped-up to manage high-profile supply side issues. This has presented an opportunity for procurement to leveregae permanent gains – but do we have the capability to match our ambition? For many firms scrambling to survive the pandemic crisis, staff training will seem an indulgent luxury. But for procurement people there has never been a more important time to invest in building procurement capability … but how to do it cheaply yet wisely? 
Jonathan Dutton FCIPS, CEO, PASA

Summary and close.
Jonathan Dutton FCIPS, CEO PASA

End of event

Secure your ticket.

Book for this event and pay online with a credit card.

Standard tickets are $82.50 inc GST and $55 per person including GST for PASA Connect members.

Alternatively, you can request an invoice for yourself, or your team attendance directly
from  lesley@pasa.net.au  T: 0413 029 709

**Please note that tickets are only available to procurement professionals on the “buy side” and not vendors, consultants or unofficial sponsors.

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Axis Group International

A trusted Global Procurement & Supply partner, Axis Group International delivers comprehensive solutions that drive down cost, assure quality, expedite schedules, mitigate risk, and ensure ESG compliance.

Our procurement solutions are truly integrated and span the entire international value chain from source to final supply – including analytics, sourcing, procurement, supplier performance management, quality management and logistics.

For over 20 years, we have helped our clients achieve business performance and profitability, through our experience, global reach, integrated solutions, multi-disciplinary capabilities, and ethos of excellence.

Axis Group is part of DP World, a global leader in ports, logistics, economic zones, and marine services.

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