More than 80 suppliers from Ballarat and the surrounding region attended the first of three ICN Victoria “Doing Business with Downer” Victorian supplier briefings at Federation University of Australia’s Mt Helen campus on Wednesday evening (15 June).

Some of Downer’s most senior executives from across divisions were on hand to provide local businesses with unique insights on how to capture a share of Downer’s annual $800 million Victorian procurement spend.

The evening started with a quick introduction from ICN Victoria’s CEO, Don Matthews, followed by a warm welcome from FedUni’s Vice Chancellor engagement, Professor Todd Walker.

Earlier that day, Professor Walker and Downer’s CEO Infrastructure Services Sergio Cinerari, signed an MoU to cement a two-year partnership for the organisations to collaborate on research and training.

Mr Cinerari told the supplier briefing Downer was looking for innovation from its suppliers. “That’s what sets Downer apart from its competitions and this is what will make you stand out when we look for companies we want to work with.”

Brendan Peterson Downer’s CEO Engineering, Construction and Maintenance spoke about a stable political landscape creating a perfect environment for significant government major project investment, providing opportunities for businesses big and small.

Michael Miller, CEO Downer Rail, delivered a rousing presentation about the opportunities in rail procurement. “Rail is back,” he said.

Derek Yen, Downer’s head of procurement urged suppliers to register their details through the website.

The evening ended with a networking session and plenty of opportunities to talk one-on-one with Downer executives