A New Procurement Podcast Discussing ISM2018 Agenda

2/20 – New Podcast Series: ISM2018 Session Insights

Source One Announces New Podcast Series: ISM2018 Session Insights

ISM2018 Session Insights Podcast Series


Willow Grove, PA (February 16, 2018) – Source One Management Services, the leading Procurement Services Provider, announces the launch of a new podcast series titled ISM2018 Session Insights. In anticipation of the Institute for Supply Management’s Annual Conference, the procurement podcast will take a deep dive into some of the topics to be covered during the the premier supply chain event of the year.

Taking place May 6-9 in Nashville, ISM2018 will attract Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, and Supply Management professionals for three days of learning and networking sessions. Source One Management Services returns to the Annual Conference as exhibitors, speakers, and exclusive sponsors of ISM2018’s ExecIn forum. ExecIn is a private leadership event, reserved for Supply Management executives representing organizations with over $1B in annual revenue. This year’s procurement leadership forum will feature expert-led discussions, networking opportunities, and private sessions with ISM2018 speakers: Arianna Huffington, John Brennan, Gen. Keith Alexander, and John Rossman.

The ISM2018 Session Insights series will feature Procurement and Strategic Sourcing experts from Source One’s industry-recognized team. The cost reduction specialists will explore the supply management topics that promise to dominate the discussion at ISM2018, including Procurement Transformation, Category Management, training programs, and risk mitigation across the supply chain.  Calling on their decades of procurement success, they’ll offer supply management insights and anecdotes aimed at promoting effective and efficient strategic sourcing practices.

Check in each week for a new episode leading up to ISM2018:

  • Episode 1 – Amazon’s HQ2 RFP: A Case Study in Sourcing Excellence: More than ever, Jeff Bezos’ e-Commerce giant is all over the news. ISM2018’s agenda proves that Procurement and Supply Management are particularly interested in Amazon’s next move. Source One Senior Project Analyst Jennifer Engel joins ISM2018 Session Insights to take a closer look at the company’s hunt for a new North American headquarters. The project’s RFP, she suggests, presents a case study in effective Procurement. She shares some Procurement best practices observed in the document.
  • Episode 2 – Bringing Marketing and Procurement Together: In recent years, Procurement’s reputation has come a long way. Once derided as  a cost-slashing adversary, the department is now widely respected as a valuable, strategic business partner. Some teams still run into problems, however, when attempting to work in the Marketing space. One look at ISM2018’s agenda will confirm that Procurement and Marketing don’t get along within every company. In her years with Source One, Senior Consultant Megan Connell has proven uncommonly successful in building effective relationships with Marketing teams. She joins ISM Session Insights to provide her strategies for communicating Procurement’s value and promoting teamwork.
  • Episode 3 – Can Millennials Drive Procurement’s Future: An entire section of ISM2018’s agenda focuses on the importance of effectively managing Procurement’s people. As conversations surrounding the industry’s ‘talent gap’ intensify, its no surprise that a number of these sessions pay particular attention to leveraging millennial talent. More Supply Management veterans retire every day. As a result, it’s increasingly essential that organizations recruit young professionals and prepare them to accept leadership positions. Senior Analyst Dejana Dosen joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss the unique appeal of millennial Procurement leaders.
  • Episode 4 – Developing Procurement Training Programs: Take one look at ISM2018’s agenda. You’ll likely notice a pattern. Procurement Transformation is initiatives are more popular and essential than ever. As companies look to evolve their Procurement function, many are disappointed to find their training apparatus is ill-suited to developing Procurement talent. A number of these organizations still rely on outdated programs and materials. More still have never taken the time to create Procurement-specific training programs in the first place. Senior Consultant Megan Connell, a veteran of Procurement Transformation endeavors, joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss her methods for establishing and implementing Procurement training programs.
  • Episode 5 – Rotational Programs for Procurement Talent: As seasoned Procurement professionals age and retire, experts find themselves asking how they can best prepare millennials to take the reins and drive Procurement’s future. ISM2018’s agenda is full of sessions dedicated to the topic of optimizing young talent. Source One Senior Project Analyst Jennifer Engel joins ISM2018 Session Insights to provide her suggestion for nurturing the next generation of Procurement leaders. Rotational programs, she says, will provide millennial professionals the diverse experience necessary to grow into Procurement and Strategic Sourcing experts.
  • Episode 6 – The Price of a Bad Procurement Hire: As Procurement’s talent gap continues to widen, Procurement leaders find themselves scrambling to quickly identify, recruit, and hire new talent. Unfortunately, internal hiring teams often lack the resources to properly vet candidates. Faced with disappointing hires, they find themselves trapped in a cycle of poor morale underwhelming performance. Procurement recruiter Andy Jones joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss the perils of a mismatched Procurement hire as well as the potential benefit of leveraging a third-party perspective.
  • Episode 7 – Pulp, Paper, and Supply Chain Preparedness: In the final months of 2017, a rash of natural disasters brought a turbulent year to a turbulent close. For many North American Procurement professionals, these events were a serious wake-up call. It’s no surprise, then, that many of ISM2018’s sessions will focus on mitigating supply chain risks. Source One Senior Analyst Dejana Dosen joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss how pulp and paper supply chains weathered last year’s storms. She also offers suggestions for recovering if and when unexpected weather strikes.
  • Episode 8 – Responding to Supply Chain Breaches: Data breaches and other cyberattacks have become an unfortunate fact of life for supply management professionals in countless industries. Even sophisticated and (seemingly) secure supply chains find themselves falling victim to hackers. That means cybersecurity is no longer just an issue for IT. Source One Associate Director Torey Guingrich joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss Procurement’s essential role in preparing for and responding to these events.
  • Episode 9 – Becoming an Employer of Choice in Procurement: The market for world-class Procurement talent is more competitive than ever. It’s up to employers to distinguish themselves and sell candidates on the promise of career growth and recognition. Many small and mid-sized companies find this challenging. Losing out to the big players, they’re left without the latent they need to make Procurement all it should be. MRA Global Sourcing’s Nick Lazarra joins ISM2018 Session Insights to offer tips for companies looking to set themselves apart. With his suggestions, companies of any size should find it easier to present themselves as employers of choice.
  • Episode 10 – Is Category Management the Next Step for Procurement: As Source One’s Procurement Transformation Practice Lead, Associate Director Jennifer Ulrich has enabled Procurement teams to refine their processes and embrace more strategic practices. On this installment of ISM2018 Session Insights, she suggests that developing Category Management plans could help Procurement reach the next stage in its maturation.
  • Episode 11 –   Orchestrating a Procurement Transformation: Sourcing Analyst Kaitlyn Krigbaum joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss the presentation she’ll deliver at this year’s Annual Conference. The session, co-hosted with Nick Lazzarra and Scott Ottenheimer, will provide attendees with strategies for developing a world-class Procurement function. Particular areas of focus will include optimizing Procurement’s approach to talent and communicating the department’s value internally.

Waiting for next week’s installment?  Take a trip down memory lane with the Countdown to ISM2017 series.

To connect with the Procurement experts in person, ISM2018 attendees are invited to visit Source One’s Booth #729 to learn more about the firm’s unique approach to Procurement and Strategic Sourcing.  Additionally, conference guests are encouraged to attend the learning sessions hosted by Source One Director Diego De la Garza and Sourcing Analyst Kaitlyn Krigbaum.

On Day 2 of ISM2018, Krigbaum will present Orchestrating a Successful Procurement Transformation: A Symphony of Recruiting, Branding, and Leading.  She’ll discuss techniques for establishing a fully-strategic, best-in-class Procurement unit and aligning it to meet enterprise-wide goals.  On Day 4, De la Garza will lead a presentation titled Overcoming Procurement’s Internal Image Problem.  He will leverage his expertise and provide tips for communicating Procurement’s value internally to achieve executive buy-in.  Both discussions will present the forward-thinking insight that characterizes Source One, its team members, and its procurement service offerings.

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