conferenceSunday, April 26-29, 2020

ISM Annual Conference


Unfortunately, the 2020 ISM Annual Conference has been cancelled for the health and safety of planned attendees and volunteers. The Vantage team is working with our partners to schedule virtual sessions on the topics below, as an alternative to the physical conference.

ISM2020 is THE procurement and supply chain management event of the year, and Vantage Partners is excited to welcome the event to our hometown of Boston this year. This event infuses interaction in its sessions, inspiration in its general sessions and awards programs and idea generation in hack-a-thon problem solving workshops.

Vantage Partners will be leading two sessions during the three-day event.   

  • Jonathan Hughes, Partner, will be co-presenting with leaders from the Institute for Supply Management on “Supply Management Competencies of the Future: Insights from Recent Research 
  • Ashley Hetrick, Principal, will be co-presenting with Vistra Energy’s Director of Supply Chain Diversity, Heather Herndon Wright on “Uncovering Innovation Opportunities and Delivering Cost Savings: Harnessing the Power of Extended Value Chain Thinking and Collaboration 

Join the Vantage Partners team at booth 408 in the Exhibit Hall between sessions where we’ll be hosting “coffee chats” on trending topics in supply management, sharing insights from recent research, and collecting your predictions on our Future of Supply Management Idea Wall. 

Supply Management Competencies of the Future: Insights from Recent Research
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM 

Outsourcing, technology and automation are transforming the nature of work. Many traditional jobs are being eliminated as new kinds of jobs are being created- and the supply management profession is not immune. In this session, you’ll gain insights from recent research conducted in partnership with ISM about trends driving change in roles and capabilities needed for success, and how to recruit, develop and retain talent. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Benchmark their own proficiency, and the proficiency of their teams, against the skills and competencies required for success in the Supply Management organization of the future. 
  • Build the business case internally for investment in soft skill development, to maximize Supply Management’s ability to deliver continued value to the business. 
  • Enact strategies to recruit, retain, and develop critical Supply Management talent. 

Uncovering Innovation Opportunities and Delivering Cost Savings: Harnessing the Power of Extended Value Chain Thinking and Collaboration 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM 

Decades after the advent of strategic sourcing, the low-hanging fruit has been picked at most companies. Meanwhile, global competition and accelerating technological change creates pressure to continually reduce costs, increase speed of execution and time-to-market, and innovate. Using a combination of company case studies and recent benchmarking research you’ll learn about a model for harnessing the power of extended value-chain thinking to uncover innovation opportunities and deliver sustainable cost savings. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Leverage strategies deployed by leading companies to become preferred customers and enjoy early or first access to supplier innovations. 
  • Facilitate conversations with internal customers to build a comprehensive understanding of the extended value chain and opportunities that might exist with suppliers. 
  • Effectively balance the power of collaboration with suppliers with the risks of dependency and supplier-complacency. 

Jonathan Hughes is a Partner at Vantage Partners, where his work focuses on supply chain management, complex negotiations, strategic alliances, and organizational transformation. He has worked with leading global companies and state-owned enterprises across a range of industries, to develop and implement new strategies that leverage enhanced collaboration- across internal organizational boundaries, and with external business partners. Jonathan’s experience includes strategic and transformational work at both an enterprise and functional level, with a focus on sourcing, procurement, and supplier relationship management organizations. Jonathan has had multiple articles published in both the Harvard Business Review and in CPO Agenda, as well as articles in supply chain and outsourcing publications. Mr. Hughes led the research team for the Vantage Partners Supplier Relationship Management Study. 

Ashley Hetrick is a Principal with Vantage Partners, and leader of the firm’s Sourcing and Supply Chain Management practice. During her time with Vantage, Ashley has worked with a wide range of companies, with particular emphasis on the bio-pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and extractive industries. Ashley’s expertise and experience include procurement and supply chain transformation, design and implementation of supplier relationship management programs, business process mapping and reengineering, developing metrics for TCO and total value reporting, and change management. She has also co-authored several articles on sourcing and supplier management, including the Vantage Partners Supplier Relationship Management Study, and currently serves on the Institute for Supply Management Sourcing & Supplier Relationship Management Committee. 

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