Procurement Management (Aug 24-26)

Successful supply chain management relies on a well-developed infrastructure, appropriate tactical resources and thorough analysis. This process is multi-faceted and involves solid relationships within the utility, as well as strategic relationships with vendors to mitigate risk to the overall supply chain. This forum offers an opportunity for supply chain procurement managers and specialists to come together with their industry partners and suppliers for roundtable discussions and expert presentations. Topics include KPIs, supplier relationship management, sustainability, and best practices in purchasing and contracting. CEHs are offered for CPSMs through the Institute for Supply Management.

General Details

Program Location
Hilton Garden Inn Boise Spectrum
7699 West Spectrum Street
Boise, Idaho 83709

Who Should Attend
• Supply chain managers
• Supply chain analysts
• Procurement specialists
• Materials managers
• Investment recovery managers
• Contract administrators
• Inventory and salvage managers
• Suppliers and service companies

Registration Options
Member: $649
Regular: $1199
Speaker: $649

Registration fees increase $100 after July 29. Registration fee includes networking reception and dinner, meeting materials, breakfasts and lunch. Guest passes are available for $100 and include the networking reception and dinner.

For more information contact Christopher Lee at 971.255.4967.


Wednesday, August 24

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Speaker: Adam Richins, General Manager of Customer Operations, Engineering & Construction, Idaho Power
Welcome all 2016 WEI Procurement Conference participates to Boise, ID. There is a lot going on in our every changing industry, join us as we discuss current industry trends and the critical role procurement plays in the success of an organization

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Introductions and Roundtable Discussion on Current Issues
Speaker: Ryan Eckert, Idaho Power
Ever wonder if there are others in the industry facing the same challenges you are or if they have already found answers to those challenges? This session allows an opportunity to “break the ice” with other procurement professionals in the utility industry and explore these challenges. Come prepared to share your current procurement challenges as well as what your company is doing well. It’s a great way to find out what everyone hopes to get out of the conference and identify who may have similar challenges that you can further discuss during the networking time.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Networking Reception
Dinner on your own. 

Thursday, August 25

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Organizational Structure/Functional Roles
• Transitioning from Tactical to Strategic– Conrad Snover, Denali
Learn solutions to the top four challenges most companies face on their journey from Tactical to Strategic Procurement.
• PG&E’s organizational change – Chris Humm, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas & Electric Company has recently made changes in their Sourcing
Organization, restructuring into two separate organizations, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations. We’ll hear how this effort has facilitated identifying new ways to streamline and simplify processes, enable new technology, and better serve their clients.
• Roundtable – Facilitator: Marty Borrevik, NW Natural
What specific functions are performed by each of your Supply Chain positions (e.g. Buyers, Planners, Analysts, Contract Admins, etc.) and what areas of your company do they cover?

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Talent Management
• Innovative Resource Models – Conrad Snover, Denali
In today’s gig economy with a transient workforce, learn how leading companies are using Consultants, Contractors, Managed Services, Temps, and Robots for greater procurement success.
• Evolving Staffing Models – Chris Humm, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
During this presentation we will explore the ways PG&E develops its Sourcing personnel from Associate Buyer to Principal Category Leader.  In addition, the recent Sourcing reorganization has opened up opportunities for those interested in pursuing other Supply Chain positions. Some of these employees lacked the experience needed for these positions. Utilizing Sourcing tools, individual and group training sessions, encouraging ISM Certification and developing RACI charts, those employees who have committed the effort have been able to transition into their new roles, thus contributing to the success of the re-org.
• Roundtable – Facilitator: Cody Krogh, Avista
In the round table we will discuss how utilities define customer value and develop Supply Chain talent. Anticipated topics include training, hiring practices, assignments, and formal organizational structure.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Risk – Emergency Planning/Response
• Western Regional Mutual Assistance Agreement – Brent Van Patten, Customer Operations Construction Manager, Idaho Power
Get a brief overview of WRMAA and how it affects participating companies in the event of an emergency.
• Spokane Storm of 2015 – Cody Krogh and Russ Feist, Avista
Avista will present on their wind storm experience from November 2015 in which nearly 50% of customers lost electric power during an outage that lasted 10 days. The Spokane, WA area was struck with hurricane level winds that produced significant damage to both distribution and transmission infrastructure. The logistics team ramped up to nearly 400 volunteers to provide 24/7 support to Operations and Customer Service.
• Emergency Material Stocking Levels – Cheryl Tuning and Tony Campbell, Inventory & Quality Managers, Idaho Power
How do you determine what material and how much to keep on hand for Emergency situations? Idaho Power will share their recent effort to try and answer these tough questions. Come prepared to discuss and share any lessons learned your company has on this topic.
• Roundtable Facilitator: Tony Campbell, Idaho Power
The round table will include discussion points around emergency material planning, resource planning, Mutual Assistance program, and event preparation.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Risk – Contractor Risk Evaluation
Roundtable Facilitator: Chris Humm, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
PG&E will present their contractor safety program and the journey they took in standing up their program to include the lessons learned. This session will be interactive and will be an opportunity for the participants to share ideas and methodologies on where they are with their current program, metrics and adoption.

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hosted Dinner
Sponsored by:
Cottonwood Grille
913 W River St.
Boise, ID 83702

Friday, August 26

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Project/Job Creation Roundtable
Facilitator: Cody Krogh, Avista
How does your organization manage projects and jobs (use a Project Management Office)? How is a project/job created in your system? Who manages details – dates, materials, completion, and is this done effectively in your company? Are jobs and projects entered at material lead-time? If not how are inventory levels planned? We’ll discuss these questions and share experiences with an aim to learning best practices.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Open Roundtable and Wrap Up
Facilitator: Ryan Eckert, Idaho Power

Hotel + Travel

Hilton Garden Inn Boise Spectrum
7699 West Spectrum Street
Boise, Idaho 83709
Phone: 208.376.1000

Make your room reservations or update an existing reservation online. Alternatively, you can call the hotel directly at 208.376.1000. A special rate of $129, plus state and local taxes, is guaranteed until August 2, 2016, or until the WEI room block is full.

The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the airport. Please contact the hotel directly on 208.376.1000 to make arrangements. There is no charge for parking on site.