Day One : 11 May 2021

The global pandemic has exposed the gaps in finance processes and systems, ensuring organisations revisit their automation priorities. In this panel, we bring together successful leaders across Australia and New Zealand to discuss best practices in financial process automation, how best to implement new methods, and how to accelerate activity in this area

  • Leveraging automation to position your organisation to survive and thrive
  • Examining the finance processes that were hit hardest by the pandemic disruption
  • Addressing new ways of working and flexibilities for working from home in Finance and Accounting post-pandemic
  • Leveraging automation to drive productivity and collaboration
  • Creating a culture of trust and transparency and navigating potential organizational and technological obstacles that can undermine finance leaders’ efforts to sustain transparency
  • Building confidence in virtual close during uncertain times
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Beau Turner

Finance Director, South Pacific and India
Callaway Golf

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Amanda Harsas

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Iron Ridge Resources

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Pranay Lodhiya

Chief Financial Officer
Bureau of Meteorology

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Adam Campbell

Chief Financial Officer
Flight Centre Travel Group

10:30 am - 11:15 am Case Study: From idea to reality, How BlueScope is embedding an automation mindset in finance?

Stephannie Jonovska - Manager Finance Transformation, BlueScope Australian Steel Products

In this session, Stephannie will share how to create a culture of innovation, where humans partner with machines to get work done, and are focused on the digital skills of now!  

  • Creating an innovation culture within finance 
  • Rolling out RPA and other automation and proactively addressing its impact on people and processes 
  • Process – eliminate, standardize, optimize, automate and then add robotics
  • Engaging with teams from proof-of-concept, building pilots, creating awareness on the tangible benefits 
  • Driving continued engagement and staff development through reward programs, meetups and consistent training to upskill
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Stephannie Jonovska

Manager Finance Transformation
BlueScope Australian Steel Products

11:30 am - 12:15 pm How finance process automation can help in a Covid-19 World?


  •  Embedding automation for increased productivity for low-value, high-volume tasks
  • Understanding your metrics and knowing your business means: KPIs, bottlenecks and understanding the scope of your business challenges
  • Evaluating performance of existing processes, and setting the right goals for improvement but most importantly to sustain the business during the pandemic

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Implementing automation and workflow solutions to improve the effectiveness of the invoice processing and purchasing process


·     Creating standardized and automated procure-to-pay processes for greater visibility of financial processes

·     Improving workplace productivity and reduced invoice cycle times

·     Unifying the finance & procurement departments to increase efficiencies, deliver ROIs, build business resilience and drive P2P automation success

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Aligning people, process, technology & data for successful digitization and automation

Arpita Adhicary - Initiative Lead, Data Governance- ANZ Finance, Data & Innovation,, ANZ

·     Leverage the benefits of intelligent automation and understand how, by correct application, it can revolutionize internal operations

·     Why RPA, Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning is a strategic capability that organizations can develop and mature to benefit their business long term

·     Learn how to achieve successful integration of new workflow processes

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Arpita Adhicary

Initiative Lead, Data Governance- ANZ Finance, Data & Innovation,
ANZ