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Finance Leaders in Retail

Finance Leaders in Retail

08 October - 09 October

 Innovating capital and people management to drive your organisation through the Retail revolution

Join us to learn:     

  • How to drive organisational growth using innovative investments   
  • How to transition from financial gatekeeper to strategic business partner   
  • Methods to align capital allocations with corporate strategy   
  • The expanding e-commerce space and how to grow with it   
  • Advice from key senior finance leaders across the Retail industry   
  • How to gain a competitive advantage by designing and implementing Big Data strategies   
  • How to manage rapid innovation in technology and business trends   
Day One: 8th October 2019 
8:50-9.00  Opening Remarks from the Chair 
  The evolving role of the finance leader 
9:00 - 9:30  Influencing change through effective finance business partnering 
  • Finance talent of the future – Developing high performing business partners 
  • How to build a top performing finance team 
  • Support the business strategy, decision making and drive innovation 
Mia Barry – Chief Financial Officer, The Iconic 
9:30 - 10:00   From dollar to data - Understanding the shift to a data-driven consumer market 
  • Use data to identify the precise needs of your target market 
  • Combine numbers with human experience 
  • Analyse your data to draw a more accurate bottom line 
Darren Silber – Chief Financial Officer, Seafolly 
10:00 – 10:30  A multifaceted role in a multidimensional industry 
  • Collaborate with key operational stakeholders to drive your business 
  • Tips to ensure proposals are grounded in sound financial criteria 
  • Keep up with the evolving retail landscape - What’s hot, what’s not and who is leading the way? 
Kieran Rivett – Chief Financial Officer, Aesop 
10:30 – 11:10  Panel  Getting creative with your financial resource allocation  
  • Drive business growth through innovative investments 
  • Identify which emerging technologies will ensure ROI 
  • Determine passing business trends and which are here to stay 
Caleb Brown - Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, The Brand Collective  Paul Stevenage - Chief Financial Officer, Retail Zoo/Boost Juice  Zichen Qiu – Head of Finance, Southeast Asia, Japan and Israel, eBay  Lina Calabria - Co-Founder & Chief Operating OfficerBellroy 
11:10 – 11:40  Morning Tea 
11:40 – 12:10    Using Big Data to forecast upcoming trends and consumer needs 
  • Design and implement Big Data strategies 
  • Pinpoint upcoming business trends based on recent data 
  • Generate new insights or more effective decision-making 
Zichen Qiu – Head of Finance, Southeast Asia, Japan and Israel, eBay 
  Interactive discussion groups 
12:10 – 1:10    Table 1  Consumer expectations – Then and now 
Table 2  Macro factors and ways to implement them into your forecast 
Table 3  Getting Data Right 
Table 4  The rise of online shopping 
1:10 – 2:10  Lunch 
  Leveraging data and analytics for more focused and effective decision-making 
2:10 - 2:50    Stepping away from safe spending 
  • Reduce the likelihood of overspend using effective risk planning 
  • Design a risk matrix that allows you to push the boundaries on your investments  
  • Break free of safe investment patterns to gain your competitive edge 
Alan Kearney – Head of Finance ANZ, Hellofresh 
2:50 - 3:20  Traditional retail vs growing digital commerce 
  • Consolidate revenue and pinpoint your sales origin 
  • The in-store sales experience vs anywhere, anyway access 
  • Design your business model to suit your buyers 
Marcus Bartlett - Chief Financial Officer, Munro Footwear Group 
3:20 – 3:50  Afternoon Tea 
3:50 – 4:20    Communicating your proposals with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Ensure organisation-wide collaboration on new strategies 
  • Communicate value authentically 
  • Present your data efficiently 
Dennis Liberis - Head of Operations Finance, Saputo Dairy 
4:20 – 4:50  Agile mindset in an evolving retail market 
  • What is Agile thinking in Finance? 
  • Progressing from traditional financial practices 
  • Developing the finance community as a whole 
Shama Ragavan-Iyer – Finance Director, Oceania, Hussmann 
4:50 - 5:00  End of Day One and Closing Remarks from Chair 
Day Two: 9th October 2019 
8:50 – 9:00  Opening Remarks from the Chair 
  Navigating the competitive retail landscape 
9:00 - 9:30  Ensuring better ROI by developing a multi-pronged approach to omni-channel decisions 
  • Map your customers journey and identify key influence areas 
  • Create optimal consumer experience through multi-channel engagement 
  • Multiply your financial rewards with riskier omni-channel investments 
Chris Hitch – Retail Chief Financial Officer & Advisor 
9:30 - 10:00   Gaining the competitive edge without sacrificing your pricing and product value 
  • Innovative ways to offer more value for money 
  • Maintain marketplace relevance alongside the retail giants 
  • Use consumer data to create a more targeted consumer approach 
Emma Goulding – Head of Finance, The Iconic  
10:00 - 10:40  Panel  Effective SKU and capital management in an evolving industry 
  • Avoid capital disruption during the growing omnichannel landscape 
  • Secure buy-in from other business units across your organisation 
  • Optimise your working capital through effective inventory management 
Ian Clarke – Chief Financial Officer, Clark Rubber Franchising  Sara Wu – Finance Manager, Plush – Think Sofas  Chris Hitch – Retail Chief Financial Officer & Advisor  Samantha Hu – Finance Manager, Saleras  Brett O'Hanlon - Finance and IT Manager, Liquorland 
10:40 – 11:10  Morning Tea 
11:10 – 11:30  Q&A session  From commercial management to business partnerships 
  • Create centres of excellence and business partner models. 
  • Bring your people on the journey 
  • Be flexible to adapt as the model evolves 
Stephanie Carroll – Head of Finance, Coca Cola Amatil 
11:30 – 12:00   The next generation of finance leaders  
  • Effective talent sourcing for the future of retail finance 
  • Finance leaders as organisational innovators 
  • Sourcing talent from the bottom up 
Guy Griffiths - Chief Financial Officer, Gazal Group 
12:00 – 12:30  Leadership of key projects 
  • Placing the finance team at the centre of the organisation’s key projects, externally and internally facing 
  • Driving short term and long-term benefits by ensuring Finance’s holistic view of the business is utilised effectively 
  • Staffing the finance team with appropriate expertise to scope and implement projects 
Matt Croasdaile – Chief Financial Officer, R.M.Williams 
12:30 - 1:30  Lunch 
  Lead your organisation to success 
1:30 – 2:00  Your people as assets 
  • Put innovation at the heart of everything 
  • Step away from command and control leadership styles 
  • True business partnerships - What finance brings to the table 
Robyn Longford – Financial Controller, Officeworks 
2:00 – 2:30  Effective stakeholder management to drive change 
  • Align values across your organisation 
  • Manage the role of the finance leader  
  • Understand all aspect of your business for optimum efficiency 
Susan Mitchell - Chief Executive Officer, Mortgage Choice 
2:30 - 3:00  Upskilling your teams to thrive in the retail landscape 
  • Explore effective change management strategies to navigate disruption 
  • Make brand and values a key driver across your team 
  • Lead with transparency and authenticity 
3:00 – 3:30  Afternoon Tea 
3:30 - 4:30  Mini masterclass: Developing authentic leadership and courageous communication  Bringing together delegates from People Leaders in Retail & Finance Leaders in Retail for a hands-on masterclass in how to be an authentic leader and influence real change in a dynamic retail environment. 
  • Overcoming barriers to authentic leadership 
  • Bringing ‘you’ to the table – what this means and how authenticity drives change  
  • Developing your skill in influential communication 
  • Influencing change across the entire C-suite  
Sarah Gale – Leadership Development Coach & Retail Veteran 
4:30  Closing Remarks from the Chair and End of Conference 

Event Location

Intercontinental Melbourne