Breakout 4: How AstraZeneca is Digitizing its Category Management Framework

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 13:30

Effective Category Strategy development and management are essential to Procurement's ability to collaborate with and deliver value to the business. In this session, we will explore how combining the launch of a new strategy framework with a technology implementation can build the foundation to track full procurement lifecycle value creation and take the strategy from paper to practice. Procurement leaders that attend the session will benefit from real-life examples of designing, automating and future-proofing your strategy development and category management processes.

You will learn how to: 

  • Align and optimize strategy framework and technology launches
  • Embed category management processes within a single platform
  • Build the foundation to measure full lifecycle value creation
  • Understand how category management is evolving with new technologies

Lifecycle Phase: Optimization 

Tom Smolko

Associate Director

Tom Smolko is an Associate Director at AstraZeneca and currently the Source to Contract Platform Manager accountable for global technology solutions that enable strategic procurement activities. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Tom served as an account director for BravoSolution, implementing supply management solutions for pharmaceutical and manufacturing clients. He also spent 10 years working at GE which included a role as the sourcing leader for its information services division. Tom earned his MBA from Georgetown University and received an MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Amenallah Reghimi

VP Product Management Development

Amen builds bridges between technology and business globally. During his first years at JAGGAER, he successfully implemented and executed 60+ international projects on four continents in four different languages. Now, as Vice President of Product Management, he uses that experience to build effective products to help solve market problems and provide massive value to his customers. 

His focus on Intelligent Solutions & Innovation has earned him many accolades as a GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADER, INNOVATOR and INFLUENCER. In 2020, Thinkers360 honored him with multiple titles including “No. 1 in COVID-19 Business Impact,” “No. 1 in Open Innovation” and “No. 5 in Procurement.”

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