In recent polls, executive management, procurement managers, boards and audit committees have consistently listed the management of third-party vendors as a top risk and concern. With the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, management of third-party vendors has become even more critical to meeting the organization’s strategic objectives. But many organizations continue to struggle in this area.
Managing the lifecycle of vendor relationships can generate cost savings and unlock value, but it also has inherent risk and can be a source of fraud. In this session, you will learn how to establish guidelines for procurement and vendor deliverables that set up your organization for successful sourcing.
Amy Julian is a Director in the Advisory Services practice of Brown Smith Wallace where she helps businesses create and implement their strategy for business process transformation with a specialization in sourcing, procurement and working capital.
Amy’s approach brings together insights on data, tools, people and processes to recommend changes and lead transformative projects. She uses her hands-on project management experience to deliver results that clearly tie to the project objectives. She also identifies capability gaps and puts in place actions to close them. Her focus on change management and team engagement has helped ensure long-term sustainable results. Her project portfolio includes M&A related changes, functional re-designs, and business leadership for system integrations.
Amy holds an MBA and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Keenan is a Manager in the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services practice, where his primary area of expertise is assessing and testing internal controls systems, evaluating processes, and working with management to develop recommendations for improvement. Keenan has worked with Brown Smith Wallace for over 6 years.
Keenan has more than 25 years of internal auditing and project management experience. He has more than 10 years of government auditing experience, including serving as internal audit manager for two years; working for accounting/professional services firms for six years; and working for a pipeline rehabilitation company for three years, where he served just over a year as internal audit manager.
Keenan’s work experience includes performance of internal audits, process improvement reviews, construction audits, SOX reviews, and internal audit Quality Assessment Reviews for various clients in multiple industries. He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Construction Auditor (CCA).