Conversation with Rio Tinto’s Ivan Vella on the topic of productivity in procurement

CIPS 5 December 2017

The CIPS WA Branch community had the privilege of hosting Rio Tinto’s Managing Director Supply Chain and Services – Iron Ore, Ivan Vella for a Q & A session on Tuesday, 12 September.

Photo: CIPS WA Branch Committee members with Ivan Vella

The CIPS WA Branch community had the privilege of hosting Rio Tinto’s Managing Director Supply Chain and Services – Iron Ore, Ivan Vella for a Q & A session on Tuesday, 12 September.

Hosted by Aurecon Australia, a global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm, more than 50 procurement and supply chain professionals attended the evening as Ivan walked the audience through his history with Rio Tinto dating back to 2003, and some of the mining giant’s current WA operations and adoption of innovative technologies.

CIPS WA Committee member Rashi Sehgal welcomed all attendees on behalf of CIPS and Aurecon and thanked Ivan for accepting the innovation in procurement series invitation. Rashi invited Ivan to take a set for a Q&A session.

Ivan described Rio Tinto’s new local procurement model which incorporates a new team, website, processes and a shift in priorities. Through local procurement, Ivan highlighted that the outcomes desired would be a corporate commitment to the plan’s objectives, increased sustainability focus, enhanced transparency on spending, simplified processes and further engagement, development and support of operations.

The event attendees found Ivan’s insights from his copper and coal portfolios to be valuable to their respective professional journey. This discussion followed an insight into Rio Tinto’s Mines of the Future programme, which incorporates driverless trains, trucks and robotics. Ivan noted that investment in apprenticeships and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) was vital to ensure that the Western Australian population was adequately skilled for the emerging jobs these innovations are creating.

After a warm reception and a round of thanks led by CIPS WA Branch Committee Chair, Ricky Baharwal, guests were then invited to experience Aurecon’s immersion room – a fully-fledged virtual reality setup that has applications such as virtual training, before enjoying some nibbles and networking to conclude the evening.

The final CIPS WA Branch event for 2017 will take place on Thursday, 7 December at The Globe in Perth. This CIPS Members-only event provides a final opportunity to network with your peers and enjoy a few drinks – the first one is on us!

To book your place and for more info, click here.

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