SMi proudly present their 2nd annual Supply Chain Management in Oil & Gas conference which will be held on Monday the 28th & Tuesday the 29th November 2011 in Central London.

This is a great opportunity to discuss the latest developments and challenges the supply chain face in an increasingly competitive industry. Bringing together leading operators, main contractors, subcontractors and suppliers ensures that delegate’s are able to meet, network and develop relationships with industry professionals contributing to the efficiency of the supply chain.

Building on the success of last year, this event ensures delegates receive an in-depth expert analysis of the critical factors that are accountable for supply chain efficiency. Attendees will be able to apply these findings to their own business model to reduce operating costs and allow profits to soar.

Leading oil & gas companies will use case study examples to indicate best practice within the supply chain. Learn how to effectively manage all stages of the process and understand the role transparency and e-Collaboration play in doing so. This really is an unrivalled forum for maximising the potential of your supply chain!






  • Comprehend the main challenges that currently affect the supply chain; internal, external and environmental considerations will all be taken into account
  • Utilise the information available to decommission operating costs and maximise profits; discuss how increased buying power (through mergers) shapes the supply chain process and plays a part in increasing funding for upstream operations
  • Examine the role of e-Business solutions in developing an uninterrupted supply chain; emphasis on the importance of e-Collaboration throughout
  • Enhance your procurement strategy through prompt an efficient transportation, heavy lifting and logistical planning
  • Improve operator-supplier relationships through effective collaboration;
  • Adopt a transparent approach that ameliorates the procurement image and therefore the whole process; ensuring all stages of the supply can be tracked and accounted for 
  • Benefit from case study analysis – hear how the leading oil and gas companies approach supply chain management
  • Network and develop prosperous relationships with key operators, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers 

Industry professionals in postions such as;

  • Supply Chain Directors
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Procurement Directors
  • Procurement Managers
  • Chief of Procurement
  • Directors & Managers Upstream Operations
  • Managing Directors
  • Project Directors
  • Heads of Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Procurement Planning and Control Managers
  • e-Procurement Managers
  • Head of Corporate Procurement
  • Opersational Contracts Managers
  • Supply Chain Specialists
  • Supply Chain Improvement Directors


Last year's delegates included; Achilles, Apache, Saudi Aramco, BP, BT, CAT Logistics, Champion, Gazprom, Kuwait Petroleum, MOL Group, OFS Portal, Petrofac, SABIC, Shell, TAQA, Tatweer Petroleum, Total, Tullow Oil & Wood Group




Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brian  Nixon

Brian Nixon , Chief Executive , Decom North Sea

9:10 The need for transparency in procurement process – cleaning up the image of procurement

Malcolm Wilson

Malcolm Wilson, Subscriber Support Manager, Achilles Group

• How a collaborative and transparent approach to supply chain management has benefitted the UK, Dutch and Irish upstream oil and gas sector.
• Pre-qualifying suppliers in a systematic and transparent way.
• Identifying improvement opportunities by use of two-way performance feedback.
• Saving time by the use of industry-standard Invitation to Tender documents.
• Complying with an ethical code of conduct.

9:50 Setting the example in STP: A case study in electronic Cargo Documents

• Benefits of electronic shipping documents
• Range of documents covered (eBLs, eCertificates, eSDS, eAD, etc)
• Industry acceptance
• Product and geographic coverage
• Client case study

Cynthia Worley

Cynthia Worley, Head of New Markets, Electronic Shipping Solutions (ESS)

Bryan Phillips

Bryan Phillips, Team Leader, Operations Service Team, Bp Oil International Ltd

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Inventory Management

Dan  Campbell

Dan Campbell, IM Concepts Manager, CAT Logistics

• Demand Planning
• Distribution Requirements Planning
• Inventory Optimization
• Service Loss Analysis / Supply Chain Performance Analysis

11:40 Improving Operator - Supplier Relationships through Collaboration to Improve Both Parties' Supply Chain Business Processes

David Wallis

David Wallis, European Representative, OFS PORTAL

• Where to start?  What are you doing together today? 
• What language are you talking together?    
• Recognising the core elements of our business and why they are unique to our industry     
• Mutually beneficial Business Process improvement,  as a first main goal 
• The road ahead can be smooth for both parties 

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:40 Managing Maintenance, Repair and Operations for the Upstream & Downstream Oil & Gas industry

Jonathan Shortis

Jonathan Shortis, VP Global Sector Development Energy & Chemicals, DHL Supply Chain

o Warning signs of an inefficient or ineffective MRO supply chain
o Driving down supply chain costs
o Increasing productivity &availability
o How MRO supply chain improvements can benefit safety and security

14:20 Decommissioning Spend and Challenges in the Supply Chain

Brian  Nixon

Brian Nixon , Chief Executive , Decom North Sea

• An update on projected decommissioning expenditures
• Spread of decommissioning projects across the UKCS
• Capacity challenges
• Then need for co-operation and collaboration

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:20 Dealing with supply interruptions caused by natural disaster

William  Lynch

William Lynch , Global Supply Chain Director , Champion Technologies Europe

• disaster planning
• transportation interruptions
• supply interruptions
• government intervention
• expect the unexpected

16:00 Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Efficiency Strategies

Brian  Nixon

Brian Nixon , Chief Executive , Decom North Sea

• Uses of ProCon
• support development and execution of these framework contracts
• Integrating and leveraging Enterprise Category Contracts
• Develop specific category management Framework and Call off strategies
• Cross Project/category Demand Planning
• Increase value derived from relationships with Top Suppliers
• Classify contracts by category
• Provide access to the contracts and report on call-off’s from these frameworks across projects/departments
• Manage variations
• Report on KPI’s

16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Wallis

David Wallis, European Representative, OFS PORTAL

9:10 Execution of transformation in supply chain management experiences & results

Lajos Alács

Lajos Alács, Group SCM VP, MOL Group

• Design development
• Constrains (model, process, resource)
• Decision
• Redesigned operation in practice
• Education of SCM experts

9:50 CASE STUDY: Supply Chain Management at SOCAR

Magsud Ibrahimov

Magsud Ibrahimov, Manager, Socar

• The SOCAR supply chain
• Azerbaijan crude oil production and export directions
• Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export pipeline
• Baku-Supsa Western export pipeline
• Baku-Novorosissysk North export pipeline
• Export volume and capabilities of each pipeline
• Transit potential of Azerbaijan
• Terminals on Caspian sea side of Azerbaijan
• Black Sea terminals of Georgia
• Petroleum products export of Azerbaijan

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Panel Discussion: Adapting to new guidelines

David Fairfull

David Fairfull, Director, TheOilCommunity.com

11:40 Specialisation model in oil and gas is driving supply chain excellence and is a key success factor for upstream

James Pearce

James Pearce, Partner, AT Kearney

• In the oil and gas industry A.T. Kearney see more ‘specialist’ models emerging, with deep skill sets, such as in supply chain management  in upstream
• This is due to the fact that most cost is incurred via external goods and services but historically procurement and supply chain management has been poor – leading to large consequences and high risks of failure
• In this talk A.T. Kearney will explain the importance of this skill set, and outline key leading practices to improve performance that will enable upstream companies to be more competitive

12:20 When the inspector calls - how to minimise the impact of a criminal or regulatory investigation on your business

Sara George

Sara George, Partner, Stephenson Harwood

• Increasingly firms are coming under scrutiny not just for what they do but for what they didn't do
• Ways in which you can minimise the disruption to the provision of services
• Disruptions caused by law enforcement investigations into corruption, fraud, tax evasion and environmental offences.

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:20 Using Social Media to improve communications in the supply chain

David Fairfull

David Fairfull, Director, TheOilCommunity.com

• How is social media improving communications in the supply chain?
• What are the real benefits?
• What developments will continue to increase the impact?
• How will social media really leverage networks to enhance efficiency?
• Will increased visibility improve outcomes

15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

16:00 Afternoon Tea



eBusiness in the Supply Chain – Impact of Effective Procurement

eBusiness in the Supply Chain – Impact of Effective Procurement

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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

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The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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