Bill Mandelos, Director, Category Engineering at Canadian National Railway

Bill Mandelos


Director, Category Engineering
Canadian National Railway

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Day 1: May 4, 2020 Procurement Transformation For A 2020 Economy

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019


8:40 AM Keynote Panel: Globalizing Your Procurement Organization

There are different paths available for expanding to a global operation.  The Pacific rim, Brazil, and South Africa represent new manufacturing hubs and new opportunities for learning and diversifying your team.  Understanding the operating methods of companies from international markets can help in building a more resilient supply base.

•Instill greater understanding of “back office” supply partners, such as call centers and software suppliers, based in India and China
•Prioritize inclusivity for teams that will have a global footprint
•Upskilling your team members

3:30 PM Presentation: Strengthen Stakeholder Collaboration And Satisfaction Across Borders

Building on the strengths of collaboration across global functions will determine whether you can deliver on the ground at all local regions.  When you’re properly partnered with global colleagues, it becomes more likely to deliver value and assess impacts at the local level.

•Build your value proposition for stakeholders every day – even if you disrupt their world
•Get an unambiguous mandate from the top for your outreach 
•Instill an understanding of the difference between costing and valuing

Day 2: May 5, 2020 Setting Your Procurement Function Up For Success

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019


2:10 PM Panel: Recognizing And Managing Top Performers

As difficult as it is to find the right people, it can be just as hard to keep those that tend to perform best – and know it.  Managers often find that their “star” team members expect more feedback and input, thus requiring more time than others do.  The results are worth it, so what habits of mind are best for managing this?  

•Properly frame improvement goals for those who are already high performers
•Balance managerial time commitments among team members with different skill levels
•Gather input from other managers and university administrators