Supply Chain Strategies (Jun 05-06)

Focusing on the role of utility supply chain leadership, this forum provides an exclusive environment for strategic thinkers and policy-makers to discuss comprehensive supply chain management responsibilities. Topics include category management, vendor and contract management, use of technology, and organizational structures and workforce management. Supply chains are increasingly complex and challenging to manage, yet are essential for maintaining compliance, incident preparedness and major project timelines.

General Details

  • Program Location
  • Western Energy Institute Facilities
  • 1001 SW 5th Ave, Suite 325
    Portland, Oregon 97204
  • Who Should Attend
  • •    Participants of this executive forum should have comprehensive supply chain management responsibilities, and be leaders who deal with primarily strategic issues.
    •   Typically, Chief Supply Chain Officers, Vice Presidents and Directors with strategic and policy oversight of the supply chain function.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD

    Registration price increases $50 after May 8, 2018. Registration includes networking dinner, comprehensive meeting materials and breakfast. Guest tickets are available for $100 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.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


Lunch is on your own

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome and Introductions

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Roundtable: Talent Recruitment, Development and Retention

•Procurement training and skills development
-Creating curriculum
•Onboarding for entry level employees
•Identifying training areas/focus

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Roundtable on Category Management

• Changing org structures •Identifying candidates for new roles •Change management •Customer service and engagement, buy-in •System, process or buzzword? •Timing

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Location TBD

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Sustainability and Environmental Purchasing

•Required or not? •Do you have targets? •How are you quantifying savings? •Changing Specs •EUISSCA – The Alliance is an organization of utilities working together to advance sustainability best practices in utility supply chain activities and supplier networks

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Roundtable on Data in the Supply Chain

•Is the data reliable?
oMaterial groups, commodity codes, are they being used properly? How do you simplify them?
•Collection/analysis – What should we be looking at?
oHow do we convert to useful information and drive value?
oKey performance indicators – are they changing?
•How do we identify savings? Prove our value?
oProcurement RIO, savings
•Strategic Spending

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Review and Future Planning

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel