An experienced procurement manager, trainer and consultant; Karel Otýs is all of these things. He left his senior management procurement position in 2011 to establish his own consulting and training practice. He is enthusiastic about teaching, connecting, advising, sharing, discussing, motivating, training and coaching not only buyers and procurement managers, but also their internal clients and occasionally suppliers. He’s able to find novel solutions with an emphasis on efficiency and simplicity, but also has the ability to break down a complex problem into simple, understandable molecules.
Zuzana Miladinovič has been responsible for a great number of changes and new processes at MOL Group where, as a category manager, she is responsible for the road transport of all products that are transported within the MOL Group for internal purposes as well as to customers. While she is currently in charge of procuring logistics services in the group, until 2018 she was involved in projects related to the procurement process and systems in the support department.
He is at the top of the procurement management field and is able to pass on his experience to students and practitioners alike. He has studied at Palacky University, Harvard, Oxford and Cranfield. He gained his practical procurement experience at Toyota, Inergy, Automotive Lighting and Swiss Krono. He is an inspirational speaker and in his workshops has the knack off drawing the listener into the issue.
Hana graduated in Industrial Management from the Technical University of Ostrava in 2013. She has worked at OKK Coking Plant since 2014, initially in the department for procurement of services and investments, and currently holds the position of Head of Procurement. A system for carrying out electronic tenders has been used at OKK since 2014, mainly for the procurement of materials, spare parts, services, repairs and investments.
Perhaps it’s a little surprising that Zdeněk Pytlíček, who has done everything in procurement from buyer to strategist, is currently involved in all types of procurement activity except actually buying. At Innogy he is currently concentrating on procurement legislation, processes and systems. For example, since last year they have been running a system that allows prequalification of suppliers which has resulted in significant savings in the construction of gas networks worth about €90 million a year.
Tomáš managed to shake things up in e-sourcing at the brewery giant Asahi Breweries. As Head of Procurement for Asahi Breweries Europe he is responsible for local teams and procurement activities in a number of European and Asian countries. Professionally, he focuses primarily on increasing the efficiency of local operational teams, including measurement of their performance, the introduction of a uniform IT infrastructure, development of eSourcing and tactical spot-buying.
He’s a qualified lawyer who enjoys using digital procurement solutions and using them intensively. This is Rastislav Janík of ZSE, part of the E.ON group, where as Head of Procurement he carried out as many as 90% of tenders digitally. He has got to know the world of digitalisation from all angles, so he can talk knowledgeably about the compliance of technical specifications as well as procurement processes, to give just a couple of examples. His aim is to make digitalisation the most effective strategic procurement tool under all circumstances.
If digital procurement is to be held in high esteem, there must be a place in its ranks for Ondrej Jombík, who in virtually all circumstances advocates maximum digitisation, transparency throughout the procurement process and the creation of a qualification system for suppliers. As Head of Logistics at the energy concern ZSE, where he has worked since 1998, he is of the opinion that eAuctions have largely been able to clear the market of the methods of wild capitalism of the 1990s. Thanks to his specialization, he’s a member of the EON Corporate Supply Chain and Grid BAP.
As a great advocate of modern procurement with the emphasis on a human approach and analytical thinking, Peter Majtán, who will be speaking in Ostrava, has as his motivation to always be better. What’s his motto? "Push the Sky Away" by Nick Cave. A graduate of the University of Economics in Bratislava, he began his career at Slovnaft, where he gradually developed his experience in the procurement of services, procurement projects and maintenance procurement (MRO). He is currently Procurement Manager for SLOVNAFT, the MOL group’s Flagship brand in Central Europe (Slovakia, Czechia, Austria and Poland).
The presence of this Siemens representative is perfect proof that eBF in Ostrava regularly attracts the biggest and best buyers both domestically and globally. Martin Zelinka, Head of Procurement at multinational‘s Power & Gas Division in the Czech Republic, and a respected expert in centralized procurement and project management for the implementation of new procurement solutions, will be here yet again. In the past, he also played a major role in RWE's procurement team.
As an expert in the use of artificial intelligence for processing large amounts of data, Radoslav Delina has been involved in several international projects focused on the preparation of data outputs to be further analysed for the evaluation of economic or financial risk. He is Head of the Department of Banking and Investment at the Technical University of Košice and concurrently acts as a correspondent for the European Commission initiatives eBusiness w@tch, eWork, e-Skills for the 21st Century and others.
As an experienced matador in management and procurement at Magneton Kroměříž, ŽDB Viadrus, Vítkovice and Legios, Martin Wiederman claims that the reality of buying is sometimes absurd. He says, for example, you can quietly judge who’s been doing most for their business over the years. He counts process management, operational management and the procurement process among his life-long hobbies, so it's no wonder he likes to share his knowledge through both publishing and lecturing.