Procurecon Indirect West 2017

September 18-September 20, 2017

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ


Christopher Jessen

Global Head of Procurement
Chris Jessen is the Global Head of Procurement for Groupon, Inc based in Chicago, IL. With a history of building and leading successful financial teams, 5 years ago he was asked to create the Procurement function at Groupon. Chris is responsible for oversight of all indirect spend with his team's primary focus on Professional Services, Logistics and Marketing. With goals to become a best-in-class organization, he strives to be a value-driver for the business while optimizing the P2P process and building long-term strategic supplier relationships. Chris received a BA in Economics from Denison University and MBA from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

09:40 AM Totally Transformed: A Study In Strategic Change

If A) the goals of your organization are not being met by your department B) you lack resources for negotiations C) PO's are issued with little to no strategy or D) All of the above, it’s time for a change - and not just a little one. A full on transformation may sound daunting, but this in this working group, we’ll discuss the steps needed for transformation victory. Key topics include:
Establishing a vision for your department
Getting stakeholder buy-in for change
Moving from Tactical to Strategic activities
Conducting Spend Analysis
Revamping your team to achieve goals

3:25 PM Panel: The Sport of Procurement and Scoring the MVP Crown

The days of merely saving money or issuing PO's are over -all major businesses today need to see a significant demonstration of value if procurement wants a seat at the table - and you can get one, if you take the right steps. Key topics include:

Determine how value is defined by your business
Develop a keen and constant awareness of your team's capabilities, your supply base, and internal innovation goals
Start small and foster quick wins
Be a client consultant - offering suggestions and advice (not just dollars and cents)
How to drive revenue and not just cost savings
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