PERT- Chicago Quarterly Meeting- November 7, 2018- No Charge



November 7, 2018

8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

No Charge


  • Optimal Organizational Design for Procurement (Including a Center of Excellence)
  • Global Sourcing In the New Global Political Realities



HERE Technologies
425 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60606



The Mpower Group-Rick 

 What Our Members Are Saying:
• “I find PERT to be the best venue for my personal and professional development and peer to peer networking”
• “PERT is the place to go to stay on top of current trends and provocative thought leadership”
• “It’s great to be part of an executive group where I’m not getting sold to and the focus is on solutions – not presentations”
• “The PERT community is where I know I can share and learn with my colleagues – nowhere else do I have that opportunity”
• “This workshop has been the best value I have ever received.. “

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Optimal Organizational Design for Procurement (Including a  Center of Excellence)

Centralized, Decentralized / Consulted or Center-Led?  Which organization structure is considered Next Practice?  What exactly is a Center of Excellence(COE)?  Regardless of the industry you are in or whether you are doing Strategic Sourcing or have matured to Category Management, any or all of these structures can work.  We spend so much time paying attention to the boxes and titles that we lose sight of what we are really trying to accomplish – developing a structure that allows us to meet our goals in an efficient and collaborative way.   Designing an organization should not be an exercise in “boxology”; rather an attempt to organize your talent to leverage their skills and competencies to maximize effectiveness.  In other words, it’s more important to define what happens between the boxes than drawing the perfect picture.

 The Procurement function is unique because we function as a shared service that may play different roles in different categories.  We may centralize certain areas of spend like office suppliers / equipment, may decentralize / consult on other categories like HR and may create a Center-led model for areas of spend like Information Technology.  How do you decide?  You will need to come to this workshop to explore the possibilities.  In this workshop we will explore:

 The attributes of the various organization structures

  • Role/design and implementation of a COE.
  • A model to help you decide the right organization structure
  • How to ensure accountability across the various models
  • The skills and competencies required for success
  • How to create organization design principles


You definitely do not want to miss this workshop

Global Sourcing In the New Global Political Realities

Whether you are procuring goods or services, your supply chain is global.  If not your Tier 1 suppliers, then your Tier 2 suppliers are dependent on global supply chains and therefore the global geo-political landscape is of significant importance to you. Acting on growing competitive pressures, many companies have developed supplier relationships and relocated manufacturing operations or services to Global Markets – lured primarily by the low labor costs AND revenue potential.  While increasing procurement expenditures in Global Markets have yielded significant savings, many companies are finding that they face unexpected risks and major supply chain challenges which may offset the benefits.

Establishing a supplier relationship management program that allows you to apply effective risk management principles and analyzing total costs is instrumental in building a successful Global Market operation.  Today, the greatest potential may be in India or China while tomorrow it may be Russia or other eastern European countries.  Successful organizations recognize this and are developing professionals that have the business savvy to identify and capitalize on arbitrage opportunities globally. 
We will cover topics including:

  • The competencies needed to develop a strategic approach to Global sourcing
  • Challenges of managing suppliers• Risk identification and mitigation
  • Internal change management issues
  • Development of a sourcing process to manage Global Sourcing

Who Should Attend

This is a peer-to-peer organization and as such, you must be a Senior Procurement Executive (Director or above) within your organization to attend.

About PERT

PERT (Procurement Executive Round Table) is a collaborative, “members-only” group comprised of senior executives from Fortune 1,000 organizations. The group is a peerto- peer organization that meets quarterly to share ideas in a forum setting. Each member brings expertise and varied talents to the group which allows all members to benefit from participation. PERT addresses major Global Sourcing and Supply Chain challenges such as:

  • Making the Transition from Strategic Sourcing to Category Management (January 24, 2017)
  • TCO = Destroy Value? Going Beyond Cost and Applying Next Practices to Create Value (October 13, 2016)
  • How to Attract and Retain the “A” Team? (July 13, 2016)
  • “Black Swan” Risk Management- Mitigating Sudden Changes In Trade, Immigration & Foreign Policy (May9, 2017)
  • Redifining the Role of the CPO (July 11, 2017)
  • How Maximize Value Through Relationships and Governance (October 3, 2017)

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