Typical Topics.

The actual topics for each group's meeting are driven by the members themselves but here are some examples.

    Procurement Group Management.
  • Benchmarking with other external procurement teams
  • Managing and getting the most of procurement staff
  • Strategies for effective procurement management
  • What procurement organizational structures work best

    Procurement Best Practices Exchange.
  • Exchange of best procurement management plans
  • Managing supplier performance
  • Best practices in cost/price analysis
  • Negotiation lessons learned
  • The buyer as an internal consultant
  • Spend management
  • Partnering with suppliers

    Leveraging the latest technology and methods.
  • Candid feedback on procurement and reporting systems in use
  • Inventory management techniques
  • Ways to improve purchasing performance
  • Contract management in the cloud
  • A supply-chain financing payment term initiative
  • Analytics and metrics

    Organizational structure.
  • The impact of quality on cost
  • Business ethics in purchasing
  • Cost improvement through integrated procurement

    Compensation.
  • What am I worth? Delivering value and realizing gains.
  • Compensation trends and benchmarks
  • Best incentives to motivate procurement and key staff.

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