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Collaborate to Innovate – How to achieve greater collaboration and reduce risk to ensure supply continuity through crises?

Virtual Round Table

Wednesday 7 April 2021
18:00 - 19:30 GMT

Collaboration between procurement and operations is the ideal operating model to enable procurement to deliver maximum value through Supplier Innovation, Greater Agility and Reduce Supplier Risk. The Covid-19 crisis has led to increased collaboration as organisations had to work together to react to both the supply and demand challenges. But how can organisations achieve greater collaboration or retain the increased collaboration throughout unforeseen pandemics?

Core discussion points:

  • What level of collaboration do you have with other areas of your organisation and what benefits does this increased collaboration deliver, or if reduced collaboration in your organisation what benefits would it deliver?
  • What are the challenges you face within your organisation to deliver increased collaboration and what steps can you take to overcome these challenges?
  • How can procurement act as strategic advisors to other key business partners and promote the increased benefits of collaboration?

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Nick Hussey

CEO, The Manufacturer

Nick is CEO of Hennik Group, publishers of The Manufacturer and organisers of Digital Manufacturing Week which includes Smart Factory Expo, The Manufacturer of the Year Awards and the Top 100 People in Manufacturing annual programme. He is also CEO of Carbon Offset Services, a start-up focused on enabling organisations to neutralise their carbon footprint through reforestation.

In 1994 Nick started Ark Group (a publishing and events company) and grew it into a $30m global business before selling it to a FTSE quoted media company. He subsequently purchased The Manufacturer Magazine and in 2008 Nick was seconded into the Department for Business Innovation and Skills where he headed up the Manufacturing Insight project for the UK Government. He is a founder member of the IET Manufacturing Policy Panel, he sits on the IMechE Manufacturing Industry Division Board and was instrumental in the development of the Made Smarter project headed up by Juergen Maier. He is passionate about all aspects of advanced manufacturing and it making it as efficient, sustainable and profitable as possible.

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Stephen Cleminson

Director - S2P/Supply Chain Risk Expert, Ivalua

Stephen Cleminson is the Alliances Director at Ivalua. He’s responsible for recruiting and managing a partner network across Northern Europe and brings experience of over a decade in commercial roles at a number of P2P vendors. Stephen has built a comprehensive understanding of the benefits and challenges of P2P technology from his close involvement in a variety of projects for large multi-national organisations. Stephen's experience was initially in the use of P2P solutions for indirect spend, but Ivalua's strengths in direct materials procurement has expanded his knowledge and expertise to this important operational area.


Ben Smerin

Principal, Efficio Consulting

Ben is a Principal at Efficio, who are the world's largest procurement consultancy helping organisations reduce costs, improve internal processes and upskill their procurement team. Ben runs the S2P practice at Efficio, where the company provides clients with expertise in strategy, selection and implementation services relating to source to pay.

Ben has 20+ years procurement experience across multiple sectors, with direct exposure to large and small S2P projects for a range of different clients.