By Susan Avery
My Purchasing Center and ProcureCon will recognize professional achievement in indirect procurement with the new Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (EPIC) Awards at ProcureCon Indirect East, February 11, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C.
The EPIC Awards honor procurement professionals in three categories--individual, team and rising star. There is a supplier category as well.
A panel of leaders in procurement representing My Purchasing Center (Editorial Advisory Board and others) and ProcureCon (Advisory Board) evaluated the entries and made the final selections. The panel included:
Sneak Peak at Finalists
Procurement professional finalists in the individual category will present case studies of indirect procurement at their respective companies in a webcast hosted by My Purchasing Center on January 23 at 2 pm ET. The webcast is called Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories.
Selected as finalists and scheduled to present are Charen Buyce, Manager, Indirect Global Procurement at Amway (pictured left), John Willi, Senior Director, Supply Chain Management at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (pictured right), and Brian Bancroft, Senior Director, Procurement at Kellogg. Register for the webcast Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories.
ProcureCon Indirect East takes place February 11-13, 2013, at Hilton University Place in Charlotte, N.C. The conference features presentations, round table discussions and networking and will focus on three themes--strategic transformation and value creation; globalization, c-suite reporting, compliance challenges and supplier relations; and complex services spend and category management.
On the conference agenda are these scheduled presentations and speakers, among many others:
The conference also features a Solutions Zone exhibit area that includes these sponsors: Allegis Group Services, Ariba, Inc., Beeline, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Coupa Software, Ernst & Young Advisory Services, Fieldglass, IBM Emptoris Strategic Supply Management, IGNavigator, Paladin Associates, Perfect Commerce and Work Nexus.
My Purchasing Center is a ProcureCon Indirect East media partner.
Register for the My Purchasing Center webcast Exellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (January 23 at 2 pm ET).
To read My Purchasing Center's coverage of the 2012 ProcureCon Indirect East conference, please see the article Indirect Procurement: Think Like the CEO
These are the questions asked of EPIC awards finalists in the individual category:
Contribution Focus. Why do you wish to be considered for the EPIC award? (Please describe the category focus or activity, annual spend involved, criticality of the category/activity).
Initial Challenge. Please describe the history, challenges and extent of procurement’s involvement when you first got involved.
Internal Customers/Stakeholders. Who are the internal customers/stakeholders, and what are their goals, requirements and challenges?
Approach. What steps did you take to overcome challenges, meet and exceed goals and requirements?
Strategic Corporate Alignment. How are you involved in advancing strategic corporate initiatives?
Supplier Involvement/Collaboration. How did you involve & encourage suppliers (including diversity suppliers) to help meet the goals of your stakeholders/customers? Please give examples.
Execution and Results. What value and benefits did you deliver and how was this measured?
Susan Avery is Editor-in-Chief at My Purchasing Center. She writes articles, blogs and white papers and manages and creates other content for the online procurement and supply management publication. She produces and moderates roundtable discussions, podcasts, webcasts and video interviews. Susan has 30 years experience covering procurement and supply management for Purchasing magazine and Purchasing.com.
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