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Senior Cost Engineer

Huntington Beach, CA
September 26, 2018

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Susan G. Sullivan

***** **** ****** ********** *****, CA 92647 H: 714-***-**** C: 714-***-****

As a highly committed senior cost engineer, with a comprehensive background managing project costs for large-scale engineering and construction projects in the oil & gas and industrial sectors, I am writing to express my interest in your current open position. Meticulously organized and results-focused, I bring extensive expertise in the disciplines required to fulfill the database management and performance reporting function for a complex organization. You will find that I possess an uncompromising work ethic and add value with the depth of my financial forecasting, budgeting, and analytical skills.

Most recently a Senior Project Controls Specialist with KEM Engineering subcontracted to Rio Tinto to serve as a client representative to supervise EPCM subcontractor Jacobs Engineering on Rio Tinto’s mining project located in Boron, CA.

Prior to KEM served as a Senior Project Controls Specialist with the Fluor Corporation, a leading provider of engineering, procurement, and project management expertise worldwide ($23B in revenue), I executed, led, and implemented the cost management process for large-scale international and domestic assignments primarily for oil & gas clients. I constructed and coded sophisticated cost databases using SAP and proprietary company software, to prepare robust reports utilized by senior management to monitor client project spending. My work involved continuous interaction with internal and external stakeholders, and required strong knowledge of finance, accounting, and strategy execution to succeed. In an effort to maintain awareness of changes and trends to my particular practice, I conducted my own ongoing research by diligently reviewing industry literature and sharing information with peers across my network. The following are examples of the competencies that will enable me to quickly contribute to your team:

Undaunted by hard work, I rose through the Fluor Corporation to increasing levels of influence and responsibility after developing strong knowledge of best practices in cost reporting and controls in completing close to 20 large-scale, multi-million, and multi-billion dollar builds for clients that included BASF, Sunoco, NEC, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Positive and proactive, I trained, mentored, and motivated junior resources at Fluor and was recognized as a subject expert on effective cost database construction using SAP. My efforts translated to consistent success on all projects assigned, and I earned several awards for my performance and positive contributions.

An untiring learner, I continually seek personal development challenges at every opportunity. I continually pursue ongoing professional training to remain fully aware of the new technologies, financial tools, and managerial concepts. At Fluor I completed internal courses in change management and advanced reporting.

With a well-rounded set of quantitative, project management, and interpersonal skills, I am confident that I would make a substantial and meaningful impact to your company. I would be pleased to have the opportunity to review my credentials with you in a personal interview. Please feel free to contact me at the number listed above to arrange a time to speak.


Susan G. Sullivan

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Susan G. Sullivan

15972 Malm Circle Huntington Beach, CA 92647 H: 714-***-**** C: 714-***-****

Senior Cost Engineer

Expense Forecasting Cost Control & Profitability Tracking Management Reporting

Forecasting & Budgeting

Data & Trend Analytics

Profit Margin Analysis

Change Management

Process Control

Variance Analysis

Project Management Baseline

Estimate at Completion

Highly motivated and committed cost engineer with expert proficiency in project controls, program forecasting, budgeting, management, and performance reporting.

Build, manage, and implement complex cost databases to facilitate completion of large-scale engineering projects. Analyze voluminous sets of data, applying exceptional analytical skills to identify control gaps, and positive & negative performance trends. Create detailed project cost and margin reports.

Drive processes and effect positive change through continuous improvement in collaboration with finance/accounting, engineering, procurement, and project management. Consistently rated as top performer among peers; substantial international experience; open to immediate relocation.

Professional Experience

KEM ENGINEERING, Long Beach, CA 2012-2015

Senior Project Controls Specialist – Rio Tinto

Selected to work on $175M Rio Tinto’s Modified Direct Dissolving Kernite (MDDK) mining project in Boron, CA and oversaw the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) subcontractor (Jacobs). Served as client representative to supervise all activities including cost, scheduling, forecasting, and progress reporting.

Representative Project & Key Contribution:

Identified and corrected issues related to conversion from legacy system (Ellipse) to SAP. Oversaw successful effort to address outstanding vendor and cost problems. CEO Safety Award, Best Project, 2013.

FLUOR CORPORATION, Aliso Viejo, CA 1981-2010

Senior Project Controls Specialist / Senior Cost Engineer

Successfully contributed to over 18 multi-million-dollar engineering & construction projects during tenure several of which were awarded prestigious Fluor Hugh Coble Award.

Excelled in project control, performance reporting, and expense analysis role for Fortune 500 company that provides engineering, procurement, construction, and project management services to government entities and corporations worldwide. Prepared and distributed performance reports for senior management outlining expected margins, wages, and expense rates on assignments in U.S. and internationally (China, England, Kazakhstan). Created monthly client reports that compared actual to budgeted costs, performed variance analyses to identify spending trends; delivered engineering & construction progress updates for projects in government (DOE Remediation), oil & gas, and power.

Alleviated invoicing concerns for customers and ensured full and prompt payment. Earned trust on work quality, project controls knowledge, best practices, and inter-departmental procedures. Trained and managed junior resources. Assumed increasing levels of accountability via promotion.

Primary Responsibilities:

Established complex work breakdown structures (WBS), cost-coded estimates, defined budgets, and facilitated change order management. Recognized as subject matter expert by teams and offices around the globe on navigating Fluor’s proprietary computer project controls reference systems.

Generated complex project status and margin analysis reports on company’s SAP platform.

Completed internal skill-enhancement courses on project status reporting, project margin analysis, project controls reference systems, SAP, and change management.

Attended workshops covering government projects, maintained deviation database, issued monthly project management baseline (PMB) budget and forecast and prepared management-level presentations.

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Representative Projects & Key Contributions:


oCreated, developed, and implemented cost tracking database critical to timely construction of $1B chemicals complex in China.

oCrafted database to meet specific client reporting requirements for joint venture. Coordinated with finance & procurement team to build SAP platform.

oIntroduced Excel-based internal cost report that allowed real-time cost monitoring. Supervised and trained China-based team on generating required SAP reports to feed final report.


oAnalyzed and tracked home office project costs related to $124M Front End Engineering Design (FEED) project. Developed, refined, and executed reporting process adopted by team.

oUpdated Fluor’s Project Margin Analysis Report for six offices worldwide utilizing location-specific external rates. Forecasted individual office costs and tracked delinquent client accounts.

oTrained external project controls team; and provided expertise on proprietary systems and SAP.


oMonitored and reported all home office project costs for a $63M Engineering & Procurement project. Performed the cost control reporting function and provided intelligence to management.

oOffered guidance to external consultants on generating bespoke SAP reports and analyses in a timely basis. Structured and coded databases; handled information technology (IT) queries.


oFormulated and installed a cost database to optimize the operation of a $1B chemicals complex. Programmed reporting calculations to accommodate a complex joint venture project structure consisting of three clients, four projects, and three consortium partners.

oCoded database to adhere to Chinese business laws defining accounting treatment of company’s percentage of on-shore and off-shore work. Ensured compliance to international and domestic tax policies.


oMaintained and analyzed cost performance and activity reports. Assisted in developing manpower baselines, maintained budget and forecast logs and reviewed invoices before submission to DOE.

oManaged deviation database, assisted with preparing cost proposals and participated in developing Title II baseline; created Microframe government cost reporting database file for Title III proposal baseline.

Additional Project Examples:

Tengiz Chevroil SGI/SGP Project, Tengiz, Kazakhstan

PSEG 1100 MW Combined Cycle Cogeneration Facility, Linden, NJ

Department of Energy - Fernald Environment Restoration Project, Fernald, OH

NEC Mega Line Project, Roseville, CA

US Sprint Fiber Optic Project, Kansas City, MO

Saudi Petrochemical Project, Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Education & Additional Information

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE, Bachelor of Science, Biology, Irvine, CA

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Suite, SAP, Outlook, Visio, Adobe, Micro-Frame Program Manager (MPM)

Awards & Recognition:

Tengiz Chevroil Project: TCO President Leadership Team Award

Integrated Isocyanates Project: Special Recognition Award

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