23rd EIPM Annual Purchasing Conference

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23rd EIPM Annual Purchasing Conference

6 December - 7 December

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Generating Value out of Growing Complexity:

Mastering it, Leveraging it

As companies face growing complexity and experience vital transformations, Purchasing has a major role to play in helping them find opportunities and develop new competitive advantages.

During the next EIPM Annual Conference, we will explore how we can contribute to generate value in such a context and how Purchasing can transform complexity into an advantage.


Altogether we will look, amongst other things, at how to:

  • Develop an End to End understanding of value chains
  • Contribute to radically simplifying internal processes
  • Become a single point of contact for internal and external stakeholders
  • Establish partnerships with new players
  • Protect and support brands


Purchasing can turn market complexity, internal complexity and imposed complexities such as regulations and compliance matters to its advantage. It can anticipate and accelerate when required. It can both protect the business while empowering transformations.

This will lead us to examine the following questions:

  • What does it mean to innovate and generate value in such a context?
  • Should we measure our contribution to the transformation of our companies?
  • Can we find other ways to assess, benchmark and communicate our contribution to the success of our companies?


All these challenges are uppermost in the minds of CPOs and Executives in Europe and beyond.
Join us to answer these questions together with leaders and experts from industry, academia and consultancy.





Pierre-François Thaler

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, EcoVadis

Valerie Smeets

Procurement Academy, Ferrero





  • Emmanuel Erba
    A lot of diverse points of view and a nice place to exchange ideas on what is coming next.
    Emmanuel Erba
    Group CPO, Capgemini
  • Alexander Sidorin
    The EIPM Annual Conference inspired me and my team to re-engineer procurement systems in the OMK. Since 2014 I annually take part in this event, that represents a source of best practices and business ideas for procurement. I am glad to participate on 6-7 December 2018. Join us!
    Alexander Sidorin
    Chief Procurement Officer, United Metallurgical Company
  • Aurelien Rothstein
    The EIPM Peter Kraljic Award is an incredible recognition of the work we did over past years and a great encouragement on the progress that we are making.
    Aurelien Rothstein
    Group CPO, Essilor
  • Hannes Schrittesser
    EIPM brings experts in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management from all over the world together, which is a great opportunity and chance for exchange, networking, getting inspiration from outside.
    Hannes Schrittesser
    Head of Purchasing & Supply Chain Management, IT & Network at Swisscom
  • Henrik Thorsen
    Top-notch speeches and presentations are very inspirational.
    Henrik Thorsen
    General Manager China, Jorgen Kruuse A/S
  • Frederic Stalder
    The strength of the EIPM is that it is really focused on Procurement related topics and we have opportunities to share information with other big companies.
    Frederic Stalder
    Head of Performance & Processes Management, Clariant



Additional Sessions during the Conference

CPO Breakfast

07 December 2018












Practical Information

ACCOMODATION: There are two hotels at a walking distance from the Conference venue: a special rate has been negotiated with Best Western Porte Sud de Genève**** and there’s also Ibis Archamps Porte de Genève***.

TAXI: We recommend the taxi company Accord Taxi: accord.taxi74@orange.fr or +33 (0)6 08 23 40 00 (contact person is Mr Jean Tetia).

VENUE: Archamps Convention Centre (see on the map below).

BY PLANE: The nearest airport is Geneva International Airport, about 20 minutes from the venue.

BY TRAIN: There are two main Railway Stations in Geneva: Gare Cornavin (located in the city centre, about 45 minutes from the venue) and Airport Railway Station (about 20 minutes from the venue).

BY CAR: The venue is by the A40 highway, exit 13.1 “Archamps Technopole”.



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Archamps Convention Centre
155 Rue Ada Byron
Archamps, 74160 France
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