Indirect Procurement Innovates at ProcureCon Indirect West

By Susan Avery

July 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Achieving innovation and sharing best practices are two key themes running through the program at ProcureCon Indirect West 2013. The conference for indirect procurement execs is scheduled for September 23-25 in Phoenix, Ariz.  

Indirect procurement categories are those goods and services not used in the manufacture of a product and include Information Technology; office products; travel; Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO); HR benefits; marketing and contingent labor among others.

New at this year’s ProcureCon Indirect event are peer-led strategic working groups, executive think tank discussions and industry-focused roundtables. These additions are based on feedback from procurement execs who attended last year’s conference. 

Participants in ProcureCon Indirect West 2013 may choose from 10 peer-led workshops on the first day of the conference, Monday, September 23. The first day of a ProcureCon event always is reserved for practitioners only. Sponsor organizations join the conference at the end of the day for a networking reception and the final two days of the conference.

The executive think tank discussions are designed to help procurement resolve some of its most pressing challenges and share ideas with peers. The industry-focused roundtables are small-group discussions with fellow practitioners. Financial services, pharmaceutical and healthcare, electronics, aerospace/defense, automotive, consumer goods, manufacturing and energy are some of industries represented at the roundtables. 

Frank_Sanders.pngEducational sessions on the ProcureCon Indirect West 2013 agenda led by procurement professionals include the following:

  • How To Achieve Innovation In Indirect Procurement: An Expert View, a panel discussion with Frank Sanders, Director Corporate Strategic Procurement at Intel Corp.; Jeffrey A. Smith, Global Indirect Sourcing Director at DuPont; and Scott Wilkerson, Director of Global Strategic Sourcing at The Clorox Company. Intel's Sanders is pictured at right.
  • Overcoming The Inferiority Complex: How Can Procurement Gain Greater Visibility And Maintain Its Place At The Table?, a panel discussion with Brett Colbert, Chief Procurement Officer, MDC Partners; Craig Demarest, Senior Director, Chief of Procurement at RJ Reynolds: and Ted Johnson, Executive Director and Chief Procurement Officer at University of California San Diego.
  • Filling The Talent Gap To Create A Well-Rounded and Effective Team, a panel discussion with Charen Buyce, Director of Indirect Procurement at Amway and recipient of the 2013 ProcureCon My Purchasing Center Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories Award (individual); Teresa Rausch, Director of Procurement Services at Petsmart; and Larry Wood, Director of Sourcing at Intuit.
  • Building “The Sourcing House” At Cox Enterprises, a case study by Bill Mangen, Executive Director - Strategic Sourcing at Cox Communications and Manheim.
  • Crafting A Mutually Beneficial Supplier Audit And Performance Review, a case study by Rick Gronemeyer Director, Procurement at Honeywell.
  • Getting Smarter With Outsourcing To Extract Additional Savings And Generate More Value by Amy Lodge, Director, Procurement as a Service Group at Hewlett-Packard.
  • Looking At Outsourcing From The CPO Perspective by Linda Guzzi, Head of Indirect Sourcing and Procurement at Applied Materials.
  • The Impact Of Globalization On Indirect Procurement by Robert Levine Director, Global Category Sourcing - Indirect Spend at Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

My Purchasing Center is a ProcureCon Indirect West 2013 media partner and holding an Executive Roundtable Discussion on Wednesday, September 25, at 7:30 am. Last year, talent management was the topic at the My Purchasing Center Executive Roundtable Discussion that was sponsored by OfficeMax. Highlights of the discussion are presented in a white paper, Raising Procurement.

Sponsoring organizations at ProcureCon Indirect West 2013 include Adobe Echo Sign, ADR International, Agile-1, Ariba, Coupa, Carlson-Wagonlit Travel, Ernst & Young, Gatewit, Insight Sourcing Group, Iasta and Superior Group. 

For more information and to register for the conference, call: 888-482-6012 or 646-200-7530, or email:

charen_buyce_amway.jpgProcureCon Indirect and My Purchasing Center introduced an award that recognizes professional excellence in indirect procurement. Recipients of the 2013 Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (EPIC) award are Charen Buyce, Manager, Indirect Global Procurement at Amway (individual award), and Abi Vocking, Strategic Sourcing Manager at Intel (rising star award). Intel also received the team award; Ian Crisp, Director, Global HR and Mobility Sourcing, leads the team, and Wheels earned the supplier award. Watch ProcureCon Indirect and My Purchasing Center for information on the 2014 EPIC Award. Amway's Buyce is pictured at left. 

See My Purchasing Center's coverage of ProcureCon Indirect West 2012, Procurement Challenges Thinking



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Susan Avery


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 

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