Supply Chain Continuity Academy: Webinar Series & Expert Discussion

Threats and risks to supply chains are nothing new. Disruption has always been with us. But for many procurement and supply chain professionals, the dramatic events surrounding the spread of the coronavirus was a wake-up call. Now it is time to move from crisis through recovery into the new normal with a focus on gaining visibility, managing the risk exposure and building resilience.  

For this webinar series we invited four experts who will provide you with concepts, learnings and actionable insights to be better prepared:  

Please note, that this form will register you for all four parts. Don’t worry if you cannot attend all session, we are happy to provide you with the recording afterwards. We and our experts are looking forward to your attendance. See further details below. Please use the form to save your seat now! 

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Part 1: Secure Supply: Don’t just react to risk – anticipate it

August 5, 10am EST | 4pm CET

In recent months, the coronavirus pandemic forced procurement and supply chain teams to operate in crisis mode – particularly as many enterprises were underprepared for risk.

During recovery, you still need to secure supply. But now you will need to monitor critical supply, and perform risk-based reassessments of your changing supplier portfolio. Instead of ad hoc actions to secure supply, aim to establish sustainable continuity programs.

You will learn:

  • How to ensure the continuity of supply via complete visibility to your supply network
  • How to actively monitor new and emerging threats, anticipate risks, and create action plans to reduce exposure to risk
  • How to focus risk mitigation efforts on threats that pose the biggest potential for negative consequences
  • How to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to implement remediation plans in a standardized manner


Greg Schlegel, Founder, The Supply Chain Risk Consortium

Heiko Schwarz, CRO & Founder, riskmethods

Part 2: Evolve Your Sourcing Paradigm: Onboard rapidly, yet consider risk

August 12, 10am EST | 4pm CET

The aftershocks of the corona crisis will continue to impact supply chains. Unfortunately, future potential disruptions include supplier financial distress.

Many procurement and supply chain teams will have to search for alternative suppliers. The upside is that when you diversify sources, you enhance your own supply chain resilience. Risk preparedness plays a greater role in your category strategy and awarding practices.

Learn from the experts:

  • Which pre-existing signals can indicate supplier distress
  • Why suppliers need sound risk management practices for themselves and their suppliers
  • How to evaluate whether new suppliers fulfill requirements, such as cyber, safety, compliance, sustainability
  • How to fully embed risk into your Sourcing and SRM processes to meet the new requirements of building resilient supply networks


Prof. Dr. Erik Hofmann, Director at Institute of Supply Chain Management, University of St. Gallen

Heiko Schwarz, CRO & Founder, riskmethods

Part 3: Enhance Supply Network Management: Really understand your suppliers

August 19, 10am EST | 4pm CET

Procurement and supply chain teams need to be prepared for rapid response by understanding the critical points of dependence across their supply networks and need to have a comprehensive view of risk across all tiers of their supply chain, and collaborate with business partners to foster a reliable supply network.

The need for achieving sub-tier visibility is business critical and organizations can gain a competitive advantage. Make this a priority to increase stability of your supply network.

Gain expert insights:

  • How to evaluate tactical aspects of your dependence on supply, such as lead time, switching time and sole sourcing to determine criticality
  • How customer sentiment and the cost of risk can shape the composition of your supply chain
  • Why you need to collaborate with suppliers on sub-tier risk exposure
  • How to achieve end-to-end supply chain visibility


Zach G. Zacharia, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research, Lehigh University

Bill DeMartino, Chief Customer Officer, Managing Director of North America, riskmethods

Part 4: Become a Risk-Aware Enterprise: Optimize and transform

August 26, 10am EST | 4pm CET

As procurement and supply chain teams work to optimize the strategic composition of their supply network, risk-aware thinking becomes a foundational element. Businesses will need to factor in the cost of risk in all aspects of supply from design to delivery.

But don’t forget that a risk-aware enterprise is only as good as its people, processes, and governance. You can lead transformation and help your enterprise prepare for the new normal.

What you learn:

  • Why you need to digitize your entire supply chain risk management for bringing it to the next level
  • Ways to educate and empower people and improve processes
  • How to scenario plan and develop action and emergency plans to address and mitigate risk exposure
  • How to perform gap analysis of your existing and to-be supply chain risk management
  • How to make a successful transition and what skills and roles are needed to support this




Jan-Henner Theissen, Transformational Leader & Digital Procurement Expert, Founder, targetP! 

Bill DeMartino, Chief Customer Officer, Managing Director of North America, riskmethods