EPE 2019 I June 25 2019 I Dresden, Germany


Tuesday, 25th June 2019

08.00 Check-in and Welcome Refreshments

09.00 Opening address EPE 2019
Horst Wiedmann,
President, BME e.V., Executive Vice President, Head of Strategic Materials Management and Central Services, ZF Group, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

09.10 - Opening remarks by the chairman

Dr. Thomas Andressen, Vice President, Operations Excellence and Digitalization Operations and Technical Excellence Center (OTEC), K+S Aktiengesellschaft

09.15 - Focus now – People & Culture in Purchasing

  • be curious, courageous, colourful
  • act as entrepreneur

Dirk Jan de With, Chief Procurement Officer, Covestro Deutschland AG

09.45 CPO Panel Discussion: Procurement 2025 – From evolution to revolution

Beate Dillmann, Head of Global Purchasing Services, West Park Management Services GmbH (Triton Partners)

Dirk Jan de With, Chief Procurement Officer, Covestro Deutschland AG
Olaf Schoene, CPO, Axpo Holding AG
Jens Fratermann, Digital Transformation Corporate Purchasing, Volkswagen AG
Dr. Marcell Vollmer, SVP, Chief Digital Officer Cloud Business Group – Intelligent Spend Management, SAP SE

10.30 CFO-Keynote: If culture eats strategy for breakfast, will digitalization be lunch?

  • A360-Degree Look at the Organization
  • Digitalization brings new opportunities
  • Future World of Work

Marcus A. Wassenberg, CFO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

11.00 Networking Break and Refreshments

11.30 Interactive Round Table Session – Join two discussions of your choice, each round takes 40 minutes

European Supply Chain Excellence Summit 2019
Meet your supply chain peers for shared round tables.

11.30 – 12.10 Round Tables 1 – 5

Round Table 1 – The fourth industrial revolution is creating highly complex and interdependent supply chains – Are You Prepared to Take the Risk..?
Ulf Venne,
Director | Sales EMEA & APAC, Resilience360

Round Table 2 – Eliminating manual processes efficiently by applying Artificial Intelligence in procurement – How to fully digitize procurement so that mistakes are avoided, seamless B2B-workflows are ensured and all of your partners are electronically connected
Reinald Schneller,
Geschäftsführer, Netfira GmbH

Round Table 3 – The Bottom Line of Sustainability & Compliance
Simon Jaehnig
, Co-Founder / Head of Sales & Partner Management, Integrity Next GmbH

Round Table 4 – Diverse teams as competitive advantage – Your Influence on Gender Diversity
John Everett,
EMEAI Purchasing Director, Dow Chemical

Round Table 5 – FACTOR 4 THINKING in Procurement & Supply – Win the sustainable future
Jan-Patrick Willmes, CPO, Die Schweizerische Post

12.10 Changeover break – choose your second roundtable

12.15 – 12.55 Round Tables 6 – 10

Round Table 6 – Procurement Transformation – No Problem? Which pitfalls and obstacles can you excpect on your way ahead and how to overcome them?
Andreas Pohle, Managing Partner, a.m.consult GmbH
Lorenz Kleinert, Project Manager, a.m.consult GmbH

Round Table 7 – Why haven‘t we come further in digitizing our p2p processes? Many lack a digital strategy encompassing their end to end physical and financial supply chain. Why? What is stopping companies from creating and implementing a digitalization plan? Compare and discuss!
Thomas Kofler, Account Executive, Tradeshift

Round Table 8 – Transforming your procurement through technology
Andreas Ritter, Senior Account Executive, Ivalua

Round Table 9 – Implementing RPA in Procurement – How to motivate teams to drive efficiency
Marc Westphalen, Head of Procurement Excellence, Beiersdorf AG

Round Table 10 – Strategic Sourcing within Europe amidst global trade uncertainty. Experience how global companies are benefitting from the Irish Advantage throughout their global operations by partnering with innovative and reliable companies across all sectors.
Matthew O’Byrne White, Market Adviser, Enterprise Ireland

13.00 Networking luncheon

14.30 Mental Resilience Masterclass

  • Learn how to perform well and feel more positive in any pressure situation.
  • Discover a powerful technique to build lasting inner confidence at work and socially.
  • Learn how high achievers benefit from the ‘Five Key Pillars of Mental Resilience’
  • Learn a technique to quickly change from a negative to a positive mindset.

John Dabrowski, International Speaker and Former England Basketball Player, Expert on Mental Resilience & Confidence Building

15.00 IBM Procurement‘s transformation into the Digital Era

  • How Data & Analytics, RPA and Artificial Intelligence is changing the way we work in procurement
  • What are the skills our buyers will need in the future and how their role is changing

Christoph Kolbe, Head of Procurement DACH, IBM Deutschland GmbH

15.30 Leading in an up-coming Millennial World

  • How millennials are causing disruption to leadership
  • How can the leaders of tomorrow motivate and retain their workforce
  • adopting flexibility while embracing clarity and a sharing mindset

Charlotte de Brabandt, Global Procurement, Johnson & Johnson, ISM 30 under 30-Megawatt Winner 2018

16.00 Networking Break and Refreshments

16.30 Neural Networks and Deep Learning: What’s behind it? Deep Learning for Price and Demand Predictions

  • Creating commodity price and sales forecasts with deep neural networks
  • Performance comparison traditional and new forecasting instruments
  • From forecasting to planning: How to deal with forecast uncertainty?
  • In operations: IT architecture, set-up and work-flow
  • Examples from commodity price and demand forecasting (inhouse) projects

Ralph Grothmann, Principal Consultant for Predictive Analytics, Siemens AG

17.00 On-Stage Interview: Digital Transformation - What’s in it for Procurement and how will the function change?

  • Change of the role of procurement professionals
  • Robots as co-workers – how to deal with new technologies
  • Embracing the future – how to prepare for procurement 2030 and beyond

Jens Fratermann, Digital Transformation Corporate Purchasing, Volkswagen AG

17.30 Final remarks from the chairmand and end of the conference

17.45 End of EPE 2019


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