Public Procurement Conference

26 June 2019, Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin

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In partnership with the Irish Institute of Puchasing and Materials Management

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The procurement landscape

For a number of years procurement has been a key element of the Government’s wide-ranging public service reform programme, with the onus on increasing the centralisation and professionalisation across the public service. The Irish State spends billions every year on goods, services and works. The Office of Government Procurement, which commenced operations in 2014, seeks to maximise the buying power of the State to deliver value for money for the public while maintaining fair and open access to procurement opportunities.

Challenges and opportunities

Reforming procurement has given the opportunity to re-think how it is organised to make it more effective and provide better value for money. By moving towards a centralised, integrated and collaborative approach, efficiencies and savings can be gained. And by making procurement smarter — leaner, better and more transparent — the benefits will be felt by both public sector organisations and the businesses working with them.

A recent study on EU Member States found that Ireland’s public procurement system is relatively modern and high performing. In particular, the range of services offered online is extensive, national and quite well developed with Ireland seen as a pioneer of e-procurement adoption. Areas for improvement included the professionalisation of procurement at the sub-national level, further improving transparency and continuing to foster SME participation in public procurement.

Brexit also threatens to change the procurement landscape, potentially affecting supply and cross border trade and how organisations can approach tenders. Further challenges exist in ensuring that public procurement is consistently incorporating social and green issues.

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Location

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Golden Ln, Dublin

location

Time

From 08:30
Wednesday 26 June 2019

Focused conference

This conference will examine what effective procurement means for public service organisations in Ireland. It will provide a genuine, in-depth understanding of the key issues via a high level panel of speakers.

An expert panel of local and visiting experts will look at issues including:

  • The changing legal framework for procurement;
  • Latest European policy update;
  • The need for collaborative procurement across public services;
  • Best practice local government procurement;
  • Professionalising public buyers;
  • The impact of Brexit on organisations;
  • Procurement across the health sector;
  • The challenge of IT procurement;
  • Attaining social and economic benefit from public purchasing;
  • Innovative, green and social procurement;
  • Best practice: Case studies from outside Ireland.

Benefits of attending

Delegates attending the conference will:

  • Hear the latest priorities for procurement policy
  • Talk about the legal framework for procurement
  • Discuss the impact of Brexit
  • Look at how technology is impacting on procurement
  • Focus on how we can professionalise public procurement in Ireland
  • Learn about how we can drive innovation for better results
  • Hear directly from procurement professionals across a number of sectors

Confirmed

Speakers

Lisa Beers

Senior Development Officer
Strategic Investment Board, Northern Ireland

Paula Butler

Head of Procurement
An Post

Dr Paul Davis

Head of Management Group
DCU Business School

Micheál Finucane

Category Manager and Deputy Head
Local Government Operational Procurement Centre

Róisín Killeen

Principal Officer
Office of Government Procurement

Declan McCormack

Principal Officer, eInvoicing Ireland Programme
Office of Government Procurement

Aidan Sweeney

Senior Policy Executive
Ibec

Seán O'Dwyer

President
Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management

John Swords

Head of Procurement
Health Service Executive

On the day

Event Programme

08.30

Registration and morning coffee

09.00



Chair’s welcome and introduction

Róisín Killeen
Principal Officer
Office of Government Procurement

Strengthening procurement across Ireland’s Public services

Seán O'Dwyer
President
Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management

Professionalising public procurement in Ireland

John Swords
Head of Procurement
Health Service Executive

Innovation in healthcare procurement


Senior Representative
Scottish Government

Collaborative procurement for better results

Dr Paul Davis
Head of the Management Group School
DCU

The impact of Brexit on public procurement in Ireland

Questions & answers / panel discussion

11.00

Morning coffee / networking break

11.20

Declan McCormack
Principal Officer, eInvoicing Ireland Programme
Office of Government Procurement

eInvoicing Ireland: Improving the procurement process

Micheál Finucane
Category Manager and Deputy Head
Local Government Operational Procurement Centre

Streamlining the procurement process

Lisa Beers
Senior Development Officer
Strategic Investment Board, Northern Ireland

Buy Social: Attaining social and economic benefits from public purchasing

Paula Butler
Head of Procurement
An Post

Better solutions for cost, innovation and the customer

Aidan Sweeney
Senior Policy Executive
Ibec

The business perspective: Collaboration to drive innovation for better outcomes

Questions & answers / panel discussion

13.15

Chair’s summary and conference close followed by networking lunch

Public Procurement Conference

Registration

Delegate rate

€ 225 + VAT @ 23% =
€ 276.75

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IIPMM member discounted rate

€ 195 + VAT @ 23% =
€ 239.85

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Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

There are a limited number of opportunities for interested organisations to partner with the conference as a sponsor. This is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision-makers from across Ireland’s public services. For more information on packages available and speaking opportunities at the event, contact Lynda Millar on 01 661 3755.

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