Procurement Management (Sep 19-21)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Katie Trosen, Category Manager, Portland General Electric

    • Program Location
    • Hilton Portland Downtown
    • 921 SW 6th Ave
      Portland, OR 97204
    • Who Should Attend
      • Procurement managers
      • Buyers
      • Sourcing managers
      • Purchasing Managers
      • Contract administrators/agents
      • Supply chain managers
      • Supply chain analysts
      • Materials managers
      • Inventory and salvage managers
      • Suppliers and service companies
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $649 USD
    Regular: $1199 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after August 22, 2018. Registration includes meeting materials, networking reception, Thursday dinner, all food events, and refreshments throughout the program. Guest tickets are available for $150 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Welcome to Portland General Electric

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Introductions and Roundtable Discussion on Current Issues

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.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Enjoy views of Portland from the 23rd Floor of the Hilton while having the chance to continue discussions from earlier in the day or catch up with new and old contacts. Dinner is on your own.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Procurement Topic 1

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Procurement Topic 2

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted Lunch

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Procurement Topic 3

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Procurement Topic 4

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Location TBD

Friday, September 21, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Procurement Topic 5

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Closing Roundtable and Wrap Up

This roundtable will be an opportunity to follow up on topics needing further discussion or address issues that have not yet been covered.

11:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (503) 553-7000 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute. If you choose to book online, use the discount code ‘WEI’ to receive a special rate of $219 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 27, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.