Indirect Procurement Special Interest Group

Take away insights and actionable ideas for improving the management of your company's indirect procurement spend.

The Indirect Procurement Special Interest Group focuses on common challenges and opportunities for improving processes and reducing costs in the area of indirect procurement. The objectives of the group are:

  • To provide a forum for participating UWEBC member companies to discuss topics of interest related to defining and implementing strategies for managing their spend on indirect goods and services;
  • To learn about leading practices, strategies, and processes through interactive discussion and comparison of approaches with peers at other companies;
  • To enable participating companies to leverage leading practices to optimize their indirect spend.
Participation in the Indirect Procurement SIG is reserved for directors, managers and practitioners with responsibility within the procurement process with exposure to indirect spend at companies that are actively employing strategic sourcing principles and practices to optimize and deliver value in the management of indirect goods and services categories.

If you would like to learn more about the Indirect Procurement SIG, please review the SIG's charter document and/or contact UWEBC Supply Chain Management Practice Director Jenny Patzlaff at or 608-890-1298.

Read the Indirect Procurement SIG charter document»
Next Meeting

Indirect Procurement Special Interest Group Web Meeting 

Operating Models in Indirect Procurement: What Works and What to Consider 
August 04, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Learn about different indirect procurement operating models, what makes these models successful, and how to decide if it's time to evolve your org structure. This meeting will be held via web only. 

The health and safety of our members is the UWEBC’s top priority. UW–Madison is monitoring the COVID-19 situation in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies. Based on campus' guidance, this meeting will be held via web only to allow our members a convenient and safe way to attend.

Indirect procurement teams have historically been structured in various ways, from centralized to decentralized. They have reported into Finance, Legal, or Operations, and have included capabilities that vary from sourcing, negotiations, contract management, vendor management, and even PO creation.

  • When is the last time your team evaluated its indirect procurement structure?
  • Do you know why it was historically organized this way, and do those strategies still hold true today?
  • Is now the right time to re-evaluate what a successful indirect procurement operating model looks like at your company given the challenges and shifts brought on by the pandemic?

This meeting will focus on learning about different operating models for indirect procurement, understanding why different models work for different companies, and will allow participants to discuss the benefits and challenges of their own structure with other indirect procurement leaders.

Participate in Networking and Benchmarking: You’ll have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping the agenda for this session – and to maximize its relevance for you – by suggesting and selecting topics for break-out discussions. You choose the discussions you want to join, and share your approaches while learning from others. This will be a highly interactive session so come prepared to share your questions, challenges and insights!

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
  Jenny Patzlaff - Supply Chain Practice Director, UWEBC
9:15 AM Member Spotlight Panel
  Ben Nitz - Director, Strategic Vendor Management, Werner Electric Supply

James Shin – Managing Director, Indirect Procurement, Brunswick

Katrina Myers – Director, Procurement, Amcor Flexibles North America

10:00 AM Break
10:10 AM Operating Models in Indirect Procurement: What to Consider
  Chris Prahler – Vice President of Enterprise Strategic Sourcing

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

11:00 AM Breakout Discussion – Discuss and Apply
  All Participants
11:45 AM Wrap Up
  Jenny Patzlaff - Supply Chain Practice Director, UWEBC
12:00 PM Adjourn
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