Supply Chain Management for Utilities Conference
October 12-13, 2017
Dallas, TX

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Overview

Few things can gum up a utility’s operations more completely than mismanaging supplier relationships, parts sourcing, and inventory.

Today’s supply chains are the result of what we’ve done in the past; tomorrow’s supply chain will be the result of what we do today.  So, a utility that is constantly examining the efficiency of their supply chain should consistently remain more efficient.

Supply chain management has undergone substantial evolution in the past few decades along with other changes in management philosophy that began in the 1980s. Procurement today is now recognized as a key specialty in any utility’s operations. 

The field of supply chains for utilities is not standing still. Technology, digitization and automation are dramatically changing the supply chain. Utility supply chain experts have recognized that there is still plenty of room for improvement, and that while some utilities and generators are leading the way on managing lean, efficient, smooth-running supply chains, many others still have substantial savings and efficiencies to capture, particularly when looking at different needs for different states/regions in which each utility operates.

Through a series of interactive and engaging sessions, mini-panels and presentations, the Supply Chain Management for Utilities Conference will tackle issues such as:

  • Supply Chain Management for the Future
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Inventory Control
  • Green Logistics
  • Talent Management
  • Asset Management
  • Supplier Integration
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability
  • Contract Management
  • Supplier Diversity
  • And More

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify how technology will redefine supply chain optimization
  • Examine best practices for supplier relationships
  • Discover how strengthened SCM drives improved inventory management and equipment reliability
  • Explore methods to capture data, processes and people
  • Build and sustain all stakeholder relationships
  • Review practical methods on making contracting more transparent
  • Leverage data analytics using business intelligence tools like Tableau, Cognos, etc
  • Transform your supply chain by leveraging the shift towards renewable energies
  • Apply a framework to your succession planning strategy to future fill your talent pipeline
  • Better measure and mitigate risk throughout your supply chain
  • Implement effective change management strategies during an M&A
  • Determine the risk of failure and how it is related to asset health
  • Solidify partnerships for effective and diverse supplier development and inclusion strategies
  • Assess career development, technology, and governance models to help enable success

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.2 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

The instructional content will be administered through case studies, panel discussions and PowerPoint presentations

Agenda

Thursday, October 12, 2017

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: The Utility Supply Chain of the Future – Tomorrow’s Vision or Today’s Reality?

Few things can gum up a plant’s operations more completely than mismanaging supplier relationships, parts sourcing, and inventory.  Supply chain management has undergone substantial evolution in the past few decades along with other changes in management philosophy that began in the 1980s. Procurement, once viewed as a low-level clerical function, is now recognized as a key specialty in any organization’s operations.

But the field is not standing still. Utility supply chain experts have recognized that there is still plenty of room for improvement, and that while some utilities and generators are leading the way on managing lean, efficient, smooth-running supply chains, many others still have substantial savings and efficiencies to capture.  In this session, we will:

  • Provide insights into how technology will redefine supply chain optimization from “doing things better” to “doing a better thing”.
  • What are the challenges?
  • What are the human and technological issues that will need to be overcome?
  • Determine where we are today and where we need to be tomorrow

Timothy McAreavey, Director, Supply Chain Management, Omaha Public Power District

Emmett Vaughn, Director Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corp


9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Importance of Effective Communication and Change Management to Help Gather Insight and Support from Key Stakeholders

 

Shaun Anderson,  Managing Director Supply Chain, Dynegy

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: Collaboration is Key: Benefits of Strengthening the Supply Chain Partnership with Engineering

In successful organizations, Supply Chain as a function is positioned to bridge the gap between Engineering & Suppliers. As regulatory and industry pressures drive the need for cost reduction, these three groups need to work better together to achieve common goals. Characteristics for good collaboration consist of joint estimating, effective communication, timely decision making and holding others accountable.

Karen will discuss requirements for effective collaboration, providing stories and examples to demonstrate the following:

  • Benefits: cost reduction, on-time/on-budget projects and receiving items & services to desired specifications
  • Pitfalls: overspending, project/delivery delays, change orders, re-work & poor quality/safety issues
  • Enablers to success include: cross-functional teamwork, detailed project planning, effective negotiation & quality control

Karen Cook, Planning & Purchasing Manager, Xcel Energy


11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Legal and Operational Strategies to Reduce Costs to Your Supply Chain

Reducing cost through reducing supply chain conflict is something all Utilities think about.  We will discuss:

  • What supply chain partners typically “fight” about
  • How do you take these issues off the table at the beginning of the relationship?
  • Understanding how to align your supply chain relationships with your corporate goals such as sustainability, risk reduction and transparency
  • Creating solid relationships with your legal departments to ensure that your contracts are strong
  • Stay ahead of changes in industry regulations with a great legal relationship

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Effective Inventory Controls

Inventory levels are considered to be ‘excessively’ high throughout the industry. With each outage or capital project, procured materials, parts and components are scoped, designed and ordered but not always with the full input from the organization which can result in delays to schedule, increased costs, re-order or dispositioning to inventory.  The more significant impacts could be challenges to safety or plant operation if the errors go undetected.  In the fast-paced work environment of the plant activities, legacy and un-used items can make it to inventory and, over time be a key contributor to unnecessarily high volumes of inventories. 

This session will present an executive level overview of inventory management from the perspective of leadership engagement, risk based decision making and methods, and strategies for full supply chain governance models. When combined, the strengthened management of the supply chain can drive improved inventory management, higher equipment reliability and reduction of impacts to plant operation.

Randy Mundy, Supply Chain Projects Manager, Southern Company

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:45 – 2:15 p.m. :: Supply Chain and Contractor Safety Management

Safety is paramount at all utilities.  As the industry moves to higher and higher utilization of contractors to perform services ranging from construction to maintenance, contractor safety becomes more and more challenging.  This discussion will cover some of the roles and responsibilities of Supply Chain in Contractor Safety Management from identifying the problem to implementing a plan. 

Issues discussed will be:

  • Identify the need
  • Cost benefit analysis of in-house vs. 3rd party vendor
  • Management and BU support
  • Implementation
  • Future Issues

Kevin Featherston, Senior Contract Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority


2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: Partnerships as the Pathway to Diverse Supplier Development and Inclusion

This panel discussion examines the role that effective partnership play in shaping effective diverse supplier development and inclusion strategies. Corporate Supplier Diversity professionals, Corporate Supply Chain professionals, Diverse Suppliers, Prime Suppliers and Diverse Community Economic Development organizations each play a critical role in shaping vital economic inclusion partnerships that foster supplier diversity growth.

Sherrie Duncan, Director, Supplier Engagement and Diversity, Duke Energy

Emmett Vaughn, Director Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corp


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Improving Contract Management & Making Contracting Process and System More Transparent for Infrastructure Projects

The concept of open contracting is emerging as a strategy to increase contract transparency and monitoring, with major expected benefits in terms of quality of governance, better value for money, reduced corruption, increased service delivery and better development outcomes. The level and extent of disclosure greatly varies across countries, however. Implementation of Freedom of Information laws is also lagging in most countries, and there are still uncertainties in terms of what information should be disclosed to whom, and how, and more generally, about the appropriate level of transparency to balance the costs of transparency.  In this session, you will: 

  • Understand the importance of transparency for effective regulation on contract management
  • Explore methods to capture data, processes and people in your contract management process
  • Utilizing contract management teams
  • Discuss contract requests for projects and the role of transparency as a tool to prevent corruption
  • Develop a framework for a transparent and equitable contracting process
  • Creating mechanisms for participation at all stages of contracting to build and sustain relationships of all stakeholders
  • Outline the significant barriers to access and using the procurement data in designing the contract
  • Learn the practical methods on how can contracting be made to be more transparent

Rodney Long,  Director, Sourcing, Duke Energy

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


4:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Leveraging Data Analytics and Automation to Extract Value

A session to discuss how to leverage data analytics using business intelligence tools like Tableau, Cognos, etc to identify opportunities with a category and use category dashboards to identify, track and deliver value to the organization.

Rohan Dighe,  Director, Corporate/Retail Sourcing and Performance Excellence, Vistra Energy


4:45 – 5:30 p.m. :: How the Shift to Renewable Energy is Changing the Supply Chain

The economic benefits towards renewable energy are clear.  From new job opportunities, increased export markets and attracting new inward investments, as well as happier customers.  However, this does also change the grid networks and the needs for equipment and changes in asset management – which in turn shifts the procurement strategies and the standard supply chain model.  This session will provide a case study as to how a Utility has transformed their Supply Chain due to the shift to renewable energies.


5:30 – 5:45 p.m. :: Day One Closing Remarks

5:45 p.m. :: Conference Day One Adjourns


Friday, October 13, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m. :: Opening Remarks


8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Are Cybersecurity Risks Lurking in Your Supply Chain?

What do utilities have in common with banks, retailers and other multinationals? Each has experienced a cyber disruption to its supply chain. Regardless of your company’s geographic location, the risk of cyberthieves targeting your financial data, trade secrets, competitive information and access to the power grid is a threat not to be ignored. Such threats come in two flavors: the adversary with a low risk of detection and the aggressor scouring your system for a communication path to other supply chain partners. The question is how to start tipping the scales toward the good guys. 

This session will provide insight as to how utilities are identifying and handling cybersecurity risks throughout their supply chain.


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Recruitment, Retention and Succession Planning Strategies to Fill Your Future Supply Chain Talent Pipeline

In today’s competitive global landscape, the need for adequately prepared talent ready to take on key leadership positions is critical.  The span of time available to develop talent is becoming shorter due to baby boomers retiring, insufficient succession planning, and the lack of talent development opportunities.  Utilities have even greater talent management challenges – as utilities continue to grow “long in the teeth” and aren’t necessarily seen as “sexy” by college students.  This means executive leadership in all areas across the utility must become more engaged in the development of a talent pipeline in key ways: designing unique recruitment programs, working with colleges and universities and even high schools to develop interest in the utility industry, actively working with high potential candidates to assess their leadership capabilities, providing challenging assignments for development, and supporting the development opportunities with the resources necessary to “build the talent pipeline” rather than be forced to “buy it”. 

We will look into things such as:

  • “Associate” programs with universities for recruitment design
  • Identify the current succession planning challenges facing organizations today
  • Understand how assessment, challenge, and support are critical to developing talent to align with the business strategy
  • Apply a framework to your succession planning strategy that can be used to future fill your talent pipeline
  • Best practices for global talent development 

Peter Manni, Director of Procurement, National Grid


9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Bridging Organizational Gaps in Supply Chain Structures to Improve the Bottom-Line

Regardless of supply chain structure (centralized or decentralized) or its reporting line (to operations or finance), nimbleness and transparency will help to bring savings opportunities to the table early and bridge the gap between operational needs (e.g. reliability) and financial tensions.  This session will examine how supply chain executives are approaching the supply chain structures to improve the bottom-line, such as:

  • Determine if you should use a centralized or decentralized supply chain
  • Identify the reporting structure and how your entire supply chain must work together cohesively for best results
  • Maintain visibility throughout the supply chain
  • Market internally to show how supply chain has impacted the bottom line, helped mitigate risk, and partnered with stakeholders to make key decisions
  • Build trust and support from the “culture.” Relationships and buy-in across the organization are critical to implementing and sustaining supply chain strategies and initiatives
  • Ensure teams have the “will and skill” to align with the organizational drivers and effectively deliver on cost transformation. Take advantage of career development, technology, and governance models to help enable success

Rohan Dighe,  Director, Corporate/Retail Sourcing and Performance Excellence,  Vistra Energy

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 – 11:45 a.m. :: Leading a Supply Chain through a Merger/Acquisition

  • Challenges and opportunities – spend consolidation, engineering standards, data management & analytics, savings tracking
  • Importance of change management – team integration, stress management, cultural nuances
  • Foundation for continued growth and opportunities
  • ERP system integration

Karen Beachy, Vice President, Supply Chain,  Black Hills Corporation

Amy Miller, Manager of Supply Chain, Arizona’s G&T Cooperatives


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Tackling Cost Transformation in the Utility Supply Chain – And How Does it Affect Your Customers’ Rates

The utility playing field has changed.  As a result, utilities are undergoing a cost transformation – adjusting operational cost models and investment strategies.  Declining energy consumption and lower levels of rate recovery are putting pressure on total revenue.  This pressure will continue to build as demand-side management, customer-owned distributed generation, microgrids, and new market entrants accelerate the rate of change.

Supply chain’s task is to get the enterprise’s costs in line with its revenues.  However, doing so will require many supply chain organizations to transform, embrace new ways of working, examine rates charged to customers and think differently about its approach – introducing best practices from elsewhere to realize desired business outcomes. 

This interactive discussion will share best practices and lessons learned.

Alan Cooper,  Senior Supply Chain Manager,  NextEra Energy


12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Supplier Integration:  Benefits of Sharing Information Up and Down the Supply Chain

Supply Chain is not simply an internal process; suppliers have to be deeply involved as well.  Utilities that have progressed furthest along in the supplier integration process the supplier, procurement, and business unit will function as a seamless unit.  When implemented effectively, the result can be reduced labor costs, improved resource availability, more efficient logistics, decreased transactional costs, improved visibility of the total costs of material, and better risk management.  This session will examine key components to an effective integrated supply program including:

  • Procurement and fulfillment linking
  • Transparent compensation models of suppliers
  • On-site labor provided by supplier to augment purchasing and storeroom functions
  • Sharing of inventory ownership
  • Service level metrics, including risk and reward components.
  • Working with suppliers to handle third-party transactions

Jaspreet Singh, Director – Supply Chain Management, DTE Energy


1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Closing Remarks

1:15 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Shaun Anderson, Managing Director, Supply Chain, Dynegy

Karen Beachy, Vice President, Supply Chain, Black Hills Corporation

Karen Cook, Planning & Purchasing Manager, Xcel Energy

Alan Cooper, Senior Supply Chain Manager, NextEra Energy

Rohan Dighe, Director, Corporate/Retail Sourcing and Performance Excellence, Vistra Energy

Sherrie Duncan, Director, Supplier Engagement and Diversity, Duke Energy

Kevin Featherston, Senior Contract Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority

Rodney Long, Director, Sourcing, Duke Energy

Peter Manni, Director of Procurement, National Grid

Timothy McAreavey, Director, Supply Chain Management, Omaha Public Power District

Amy Miller, Manager of Supply Chain, Arizona’s G&T Cooperatives

Randy Mundy, Supply Chain Projects Manager, Southern Company

Jaspreet Singh, Director – Supply Chain Management, DTE Energy

Emmett Vaughn, Director Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corp

Location

Omni Dallas Hotel
555 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202

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The room rate is $229.00 single or $249.00 double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 11 – 12, 2017.

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Make your reservations prior to September 30, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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