SIG Summit

5 Trends to Explore at the Global Executive Summit

SIG’s Global Executive Summit is where forward-thinking procurement leaders come to experience pioneering trends grounded in today’s new realities.

SIG’s Global Executive Summit is where forward-thinking procurement leaders come to experience pioneering trends grounded in today’s new realities. It provides a dedicated space for you to network with industry thought leaders, learn from different perspectives, and keep pace with emerging developments in strategic planning and procurement technology, all of which are essential to inform the way we work.

Taking place October 13 to 15, this Summit isn’t just a three-day-long webinar, it’s a live event! Everyone who attends will come away with data-backed insights and actionable resources. Sourcing and procurement leaders are continuously being shaped by new developments in contract management, remote work, sustainability, stakeholder buy-in and third-party risk management.

The keynote addresses and breakout sessions will directly address these trending topics and more:

Contract Lifecycle Management

Many sourcing bottlenecks are the result of poor contract management practices. Digitizing and automating the process, from initiation to award and renewal, can expedite the process and enhance compliance.

In my conversations with practitioners and procurement leaders, this topic comes up frequently. You can expect sessions that focus on executing complex negotiations to the role that advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning play in managing the lifecycle of contracts.

Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, SIG

This Month at SIG - September 2020

This month, welcome a new cohort of students into the virtual classroom, have a host of exciting industry research and webinars to keep you up to date, and we announce that registration is open for SIG’s Global Executive Summit.

This month, welcome a new cohort of students into the virtual classroom, have a host of exciting industry research and webinars to keep you up to date, and we announce that registration is open for SIG’s Global Executive Summit.


 Take control of your career.

2020 has been beset by many uncertainties, but one thing is clear: Continuous learning is a key component to a thriving career.

To emerge successfully from this crisis, it takes more than just an investment in new technologies. It will take knowledge and know-how.

Using research-driven insights and real-world experiences, SIG University faculty are well-known sourcing and procurement practitioners. The online learning model is specifically suited to the adult learner who works full time.

All four certification programs create a common language among procurement teams that break down silos, improve business outcomes and fortify compliance. Delivered entirely online, a certification can be completed in five, six, 10 or 12 weeks depending on the area of study. Join us for the next round of classes that begin on September 28.

Desmond Williams, Digital Marketing Coordinator

Join the Digital Adventure

Sourcing Industry Group’s Summit is the most advanced and forward-thinking procurement-industry event available to practitioners.

COVID-19 has been the catalyst for transformational change in the face of unprecedented challenges. But I'm excited to announce a bright spot in our future -- registration is now open for the Global Executive Summit!

The Global Executive Summit is a space for procurement leaders and teams to be informed by other companies’ experiences, share techniques, and unlock higher levels of value creation and savings. Importantly, networking and making connections is needed now more than ever.

SIG Global Executive Summit registration is open.

Who Should Attend the Global Executive Summit?

SIG Summit attendees are senior-level executives at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, including C-suite executives, vice presidents, directors, senior analysts and managers. SIG member companies and qualified buy-side procurement practitioners can attend the digital event free. If you're not a SIG member, check out the membership page. Membership options have been expanded to include individual and free memberships.

The format of the event will take place virtually over the week of October 13 to 15 for a few hours per day, so you can fulfill your daily work obligations while engaging in the event remotely.

Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, SIG

An Unforgettable Digital Adventure

SIG Procurement Technology Summit Wrap-up

The inaugural SIG Procurement Technology Summit was unlike any other industry event. As COVID-19 swept across the globe, my team and I had to pull off something we’ve never done before: turn our in-person Summit into a completely virtual event.

While the circumstances were less than ideal, it was a humbling experience and a good reminder that to stay relevant, you must be flexible and agile when disruption strikes. Admittedly, a global pandemic was not in our risk scenario playbook, but you can bet that it will be going forward.

New Concerns for Procurement

In order to provide SIG members with the most up-to-date and relevant content, we ask for your feedback to find out what’s top of mind for you, your colleagues and your organization. For the first time in six years, the economy is a top business issue. This is markedly different than what you told us was a top concern just six months ago. Now, most people are concerned with how the crisis will impact:

  • Income and business opportunities
  • Negotiations in a virtual world
  • Business resiliency and continuity
  • Resiliency of their organization and the talent they support
  • Addressing risk – in the supply chain, in supplier negotiations, in online business operations and transactions

Many of our Summit presentations pivoted to reflect these new realities, and our upcoming events will feature practitioners and thought leaders sharing how their organizations responded to the disruption with flexible, proactive measures. The common thread in all of this is advanced technology and strong leadership.

Dawn Tiura, President and CEO, SIG

SIG Speaks to Nikesh Parekh, CEO and Co-Founder of Suplari

Nikesh Parekh will present at the SIG Procurement Technology Summit

What is your role and what are your day-to-day responsibilities?

As the CEO and Co-Founder of Suplari, my goal is to hire great people, provide some direction, and then enable my team to build great products and services for our customers. 

What is something that you wish more people knew about sourcing and procurement?

I am passionate about enabling people and companies to buy smarter and more strategically. There is a perception that procurement teams are process-only and hard to work with, but I have met wonderful people on procurement teams around the world who are true strategic advisors driving change across the company and in their industries. Sourcing and procurement teams know how to let their hair down too and are some of the most fun out there.

In your opinion, what are 3 skills that sourcing and procurement professionals of tomorrow must have?

  • Data analysis
  • Communication/negotiation
  • Collaboration

What does the future of sourcing and procurement look like to you?

Procurement must enable the business to be more efficient and serve as a trusted strategic advisor. It must also enable the rest of the business to buy smarter while focusing on the most important sourcing events for the company. Procurement and sourcing will become a true strategic executive function at every company. 


Explore more interviews with expert practitioners and executives on our blog.  

Nikesh Parekh, CEO and Co-Founder of Suplari

SIG Speaks to Sarah Scudder, President, Real Sourcing Network

Sarah Scudder will present at the SIG Procurement Technology Summit

What is your role and what are your day-to-day responsibilities?

As president of Real Sourcing Network (RSN), I oversee our growth, strategy and marketing. I strive to provide useful content and actionable tips to help companies better manage their print and marketing spend.

What is something that you wish more people knew about sourcing and procurement?

Procurement is invaluable. The COVID-19 crisis has shown the world that healthy supply chains are essential. Procurement is no longer a profession where people just cut costs and write POs. It now plays a strategic, visionary and creative role that is an essential part of a company’s (and our country's) success.

Procurement does not yet have a seat at the executive table in many organizations, but with the right leadership in place, it has the potential to become a more valued and revenue-generating function. Accomplishing this is a challenge and is a great reason for ambitious people to choose procurement over other more well-known careers. I have a bias toward marketing services procurement. I think it’s super challenging, fun and has the most potential for making an impact!

>>Read more: Sarah Scudder covers marketing services procurement on Future of Sourcing<<

Sarah Scudder, President, Real Sourcing Network

SIG Speaks to Jon Kesman, Head of Procurement Solutions, Allegis Global Solutions

Jon Kesman presents at the SIG Procurement Technology Summit

What is your role and what are your day-to-day responsibilities? 

I am the Head of Procurement Solutions, Product and Strategy at Allegis Global Solutions. What that means is that I’m responsible for evolving our service offering and capabilities to ensure they are delivering optimal value to our customers. Day to day I spend time with our customers and internal teams to take in thoughts, perspectives and challenges, and in turn work to align those to what and how we’re delivering, all with a continuous eye on innovation.

What is something that you wish more people knew about sourcing and procurement? 

It’s so much more than just cost savings. Procurement has the potential to drive such strategic value – specifically in indirect/services spend, if organizations are willing to think differently about their approach. And to go a step further, it is possible as skills and technology have evolved to enable this.

In your opinion, what are 3 skills that sourcing and procurement professionals of tomorrow must have?

The first is an ability to understand and analyze data; the second is influencing skills; and the third is creativity.

What does the future of sourcing and procurement look like to you? 

Hopefully different from what it’s historically been. Far too many organizations still rely on antiquated processes and technologies that are not fit for purpose. In the future that I envision, there is an increased receptivity to challenge the way procurement has always been done and the role that procurement professionals play. Lots of organizations have already gone this route, but across the board I believe there is a high degree of immaturity toward the management of the total spend portfolio.

Jon Kesman, Head of Procurement Solutions, Allegis Global Solutions

SIG Speaks to Carlos Burgos, Director, Indirect Procurement, College Board

Carlos Burgos will present at the SIG Procurement Technology Summit

What is your role and what are your day-to-day responsibilities?

I am Director, Indirect Procurement, and my role is to manage indirect categories of spend. Those categories include office supplies, office equipment, maintenance and repairs, office services, HR and our contingent workforce program, among others. 

In my role I strive to reduce dependencies on sole-sourced vendors, automate processes by migrating where possible to a digital delivery, manage down our expenses and leverage our suppliers to come up with solutions that challenge our business operations. At the end of the day, I’m tasked with transforming our operating model to deliver an improved stakeholder experience with greater flexibility and at a lower cost.

What is something that you wish more people knew about sourcing and procurement?

I wish people knew how rewarding this profession is. We get to work on a variety of different projects that are challenging and unique. We get to work with all departments and divisions within our organizations, as well as work with all levels of employees from the CEO to entry-level colleagues. We play an integral part in putting solutions in place that affect our business operations, supply chain and ultimately our viability as a company.

In your opinion, what are 3 skills that sourcing and procurement professionals of tomorrow must have?

The 3 skills that sourcing and procurement professionals of tomorrow must have:

Carlos Burgos, Director, Indirect Procurement, College Board

SIG Speaks to Sheena Smith, Managing Director of North America, Spend Matters

What is your role and what are your day-to-day responsibilities? 

I just transitioned into a new role as Managing Director of North America. We purposefully chose a nebulous title because every day looks different for me and my role is pretty much a catch-all! Some days I'm head-down on internal company strategy (I still lead our client and commercial teams from behind the scenes), other days I work directly with our clients on anything from technology selection projects to jointly running global CPO surveys.

What is something that you wish more people knew about sourcing and procurement? 

 That it touches EVERYTHING. When I started with Spend Matters 10 years ago, I had no idea that procurement was “a thing.” I wish people thought about how their everyday items from socks to cell phones are made, built, assembled and sourced. I also wish people understood how sophisticated the sourcing and procurement process has the potential to be. It’s so far beyond steak dinners with “key” suppliers and fiddling about with spreadsheets. There's some amazing stuff happening out there with technology and process, and people are thinking bigger to drive it.

In your opinion, what are 3 skills that sourcing and procurement professionals of tomorrow must have? 

 1) Sales – Hear me out. Procurement is a sales team for a lot of reasons: negotiations internally and externally, selling new internal processes, understanding pain points of teams and suppliers...the list is endless. Being able to “sell” an agenda, a tool, a process or an initiative is key.

Sheena Smith, Managing Director of North America, Spend Matters

Procurement Takes Center Stage

Chris Haydon is the President of SAP Procurement Solutions

We live in a dynamic world where billions of people make billions of choices daily. The sheer multitude of choice makes it increasingly difficult to have shared experiences – those kind of global watershed moments that push change and innovation forward at an accelerated pace. Covid-19, in its own terrifying way, stopped us all and immediately narrowed our choices. But it also gave us one unified experience and one unified goal: Fight the virus, stop the spread. 

A true global watershed moment had arrived. Suddenly, the whole world understood the importance of the supply chain. Procurement had been thrust onto center stage, and the spotlight was both harsh and illuminating.

Spotlight on Procurement

There’s no way to plan for every outcome. There just isn’t. No risk plan can predict the future with 100% accuracy. There’s no judgement to be laid at anyone’s doorstep. The impact of COVID-19 wasn’t something supply chain professionals could have easily seen coming. So, as the whole world watched the demand for certain products like N-95 masks, PPEs, disinfectant and toilet paper soar, they also saw the dramatic consequences of supply chains that weren’t built for pandemic-driven demand.

The links between the supply chain and business continuity, between business continuity and employment, between employment and economies, those links were now on stark display for everyone to see. Interdependencies that were once just the language of procurement professionals had become the common language of the world.

Chris Haydon, President, SAP Procurement Solutions

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