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 Wayne Thompson at or 608-890-1298.

Read the Indirect Procurement SIG charter document»
Next Meeting

Indirect Procurement Special Interest Group Meeting 

Kickoff Meeting 
April 04, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Join us for the inaugural meeting of the Indirect Procurement SIG, where we will discuss current member challenges in the indirect space and discuss contract management from an indirect perspective. 

Indirect Procurement is a topic that is relevant to all UWEBC members whether they have a formal Indirect Procurement department or if it is managed by a distributed team. Aggregating and managing spend across categories companywide is an effective way to drive efficiency and cost savings and is no longer focusing on MRO. Categories like marketing, health care/benefits, contingent labor, IT, SAAS are becoming the domain of the indirect team at many member companies.

As a result, we are introducing a special interest group (SIG) focusing on Indirect Procurement. We will plan to meet twice a year and start-off this meeting by identifying what topics are currently challenging members and address those in upcoming meetings.

In the first installment of this SIG, we will spend the morning learning about each other’s indirect procurement structure. If each member company can bring a scrubbed copy of their org chart pertaining to Indirect, that will help the conversation along in terms of visualizing each others structure. We will continue with a discussion on contract management in the afternoon.

The process of contract management is becoming increasingly complex as more categories are added to the procurement departments scope. We will look at what organizations in the room are doing in terms of processes and utilizing software to manage the complexity with limited resources.

We will end the day by finalizing the charter for this SIG, a document that outlines the purpose, potential topics and goals of this special interest group.  

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Wayne ThompsonQuestions about the Indirect Procurement SIG? Contact Supply Chain Management Practice Director Wayne Thompson at 608-890-1298 or

Steering Committee

  • Kristi DeNoma, Director Sourcing and Purchasing Operations, UW Health
  • Tony Hess, Sourcing and Procurement Manager, TASC
  • Mohamed Saleem, Manager Indirect Procurement, Harley-Davidson
  • Stacy Swain, Director – Global Indirect Procurement, Bemis Comnpany
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