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Supplier-Marriage Counselling

15SEP

Supplier-Marriage Counselling

15. 09. 2017 13:57 Jan Šlachta

A relationship with a supplier is often like a partnership or even a marriage. There isn’t always a cloudless sky and sometimes there is a storm on the horizon which can build to a crisis needing to be resolved in some way, or at least ironed out. To find out how to maintain good supplier relationships in procurement and to share her valuable experience we have invited Petra Vrbová, who will be joined by a further trio of experts: Róbert Obmaščík, Magdaléna Slámová and Monika Weiss.


Finding the Modern Buyer

29AUG

Finding the Modern Buyer

29. 08. 2017 12:56 Jan Šlachta

Karel Otýs has a lengthy wealth of experience as a procurement manager. He has decided to take advantage of this and pass on his professional know-how to his followers. In Wednesday’s programme he will lead the Buyers & Procurement Teams block, where he will be joined by Martin Růžička and Ctirad Fischer discussing today’s ideal buyer and whether human resources are really finding the right people for procurement teams. Completing the line-up is Vojta Klézl, who has conducted extensive research on this subject. Together, they should come up with recommendations on how to develop a modern buyer and how to strengthen their role within the company.


A Taste of TOGETHER

23AUG

A Taste of TOGETHER

23. 08. 2017 09:33 Jan Šlachta

Our exhibition space is starting to be filled up with some interesting pieces of art from you. For example, Angus McIntosh has sent us this photograph of a concrete ceiling at Bonn airport, whose rich shades strike him as redeeming somewhat a generally ugly and badly-designed place. We look forward to hearing more stories from anyone who has at least a little artistic soul. :)


AUSPICES!!!

21AUG

AUSPICES!!!

21. 08. 2017 16:35 Jan Šlachta

This year's eBF conference will be no exception, and will be held under the auspices of the Mayor of Ostrava. We greatly appreciate the support of Mayor Tomas Macura and our home city, which itself supports the idea of the e-enabling of public procurement. This year Mr Tomáš Kotyza, the Director of the Moravian-Silesian Regional Authority, has also added his patronage. We thank him for his support.


Jarek for the Castle :)

18AUG

Jarek for the Castle :)

18. 08. 2017 09:07 Jan Šlachta

Jaroslav Lexa, who is seen by many as a respected authority on public procurement, is running for the Council of the Office for Public Procurement. Jarek spends a lot of time studying and analyzing European judgments, and keeps his finger on the pulse of trends in public procurement, and in many cases develops and improves them. He fights not only for transparency in procurement, but also for efficiency and logic. We're crossing our fingers! At eBF Jarek will share his experience along with Daša Paláková on Dynamic Procurement Systems and Framework Agreements and along with Mário Biňas will present revolutionary guidelines on how to apply methods from corporate procurement practice in public procurement in the case of investment tenders.


Dancing with Internal Clients

10AUG

Dancing with Internal Clients

10. 08. 2017 13:43 Jan Šlachta

Relationships with internal clients are often very complicated. They could be compared with an Argentine tango where the experienced buyer must know all the complicated dance figures, steps and turns to be able to come out of this relationship with his head held high. Monika Weiss, the Head of Procurement at British American Tobacco for Central Europe, is coming to share her solution for elegantly dealing with internal clients with her years of experience in purchasing and supply chain management.


European Commission: Challenges and Vision

08AUG

European Commission: Challenges and Vision

08. 08. 2017 13:32 Jan Šlachta

In the programme block “The Present and Future of eProcurement in the EU” current eProcurement trends will be discussed by leading public procurement representatives from countries that indicate the fundamental direction of digitisation in Europe. They will be joined by Ivo Locatelli, who is team leader in the Innovative and e-Procurement Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Ivo is deputising for Nikita Stampa, who has had to withdraw for work reasons.


The Art of Negotiation

02AUG

The Art of Negotiation

02. 08. 2017 15:50 Jan Šlachta

At the top of their field, Mr Angus McIntosh and Mr Miloš Olejník have one remarkable ability in common, which is to relate their considerable negotiating skills in a compelling manner. They also both have many years of experience buying for large multinational concerns. At a recent conference, Angus heard from the auditorium that in today’s world automation drives negotiations and will do so even more in the future. The presentation will look at what an important strategic ability being able to negotiate is for the buyer in in the modern procurement world, and will introduce us to the different roles negotiations play in the new world of eProcurement.


The Art of Specifications

31JUL

The Art of Specifications

31. 07. 2017 13:39 Jan Šlachta

Are you really buying what you want to buy? At first glance, two identical oranges sitting side by side other might look exactly the same, but you want to choose the juiciest one. It's not that easy, but it can be done. Coming to tell us about the art of specifications for difficult commodities is Michal Kristiňák, a master of specifications for commodities which are seemingly impossible to compare.


The Inspirational Peter Kraljič

28JUL

The Inspirational Peter Kraljič

28. 07. 2017 15:32 Jan Šlachta

The presence of the legendary Peter Kraljič at this year's eBF festival has inspired us to create a whole programme block which will be curated by Honza Vašek. Real examples from practice will demonstrate the different strategies for each quadrant of the Kraljič Matrix.


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