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Project Controls Manager

Katy, Texas, United States
November 19, 2018

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Keith DeCoster

Katy, Texas ***** 713-***-****

Senior Project Controls Manager

Analytical and collaborative Senior Project Controls Manager and consultant with over 20 years of experience contributing to successful projects by implementing proven strategies and systems for control projects. Expert in overseeing complex projects in oil and gas (O&G) and petrochemical industries including the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phases, while communicating with stakeholders to implement corrective actions and resolve challenges to cost and schedule. Strong financial management background, ability to create forecasts-to-complete, and maintain contractor and owner resource compliance with the project plan and budget. Technical proficiencies include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Primavera, Access, Quick Basic, Windows, DOS, Visual Basic, and Lotus Notes.

Areas of Expertise & Technical Skills

Cost Control – Mega Capital

Contract Administration

Oil & Gas/Petrochemical

Organizational Reviews

Cost Estimating

Risk Management and Mitigation

Change Management

Cost/Schedule Analysis

Accounting Reconciliation





Earned Value

Owner Support


Project Execution Planning

Microsoft Office – Project


Professional Experience


Project Controls Manager

Structure controls for billion-dollar global projects, formalizing project control policies, procedures, and documents. Counsel staff on proven methods to facilitate large scale projects. Partner with multiple EP and CM project organizations to meet requirements. Direct daily responsibilities for staff and evaluate performance. Manage budgets, forecasts, schedules, reporting, and processes for invoice approval and payment, procurement, and document controls. Communicate compliance guidelines and enforce adherence among employees and contractors.

Key Projects:

Petrochemical Conversion Company – Chevron Phillips Joint Venture

Project Controls/ Business Manager Budget $860 Million 2011 to 2017

Nylon 6,6 Plant and Conversion Businesses Projects

Managed all project controls duties including cost, estimate, schedule, WBS, VOWD, contingency, change, progress, cash flows, forecasts to complete, etc.

Validated all contractor/vendor invoices.

Managed onboarding and offboarding of contractor personnel using the Project Authorization and Approval System (PAAF).

Directed owner’s project controls, creating and distributing project control policies across the company.

Supervised PC staff, overseeing estimators, cost and schedulers, quality, and document controllers.

Coordinated Systems/Sub-system deliveries and turnovers of systems to the Operations staff and the final assets to Finance.

Utilized Project Management Information Systems (PMIS) to plan and report all aspects of projects.

Organized progressive reports for presentation to project leadership teams, colleagues, and the Board of Directors.

Chevron Phillips - US Gulf Coast Project

Consultant to Project Controls Team Budget $6 Billion 2012 to Present

Major ethane cracker, derivatives, and pipeline project

Consulted PC Team in a major capital and pipeline project, installed systems to effectively manage capital.

Modified cost control system and reporting to meet the unique project requirements during the project phases.

Consulted Owner’s Operations Personnel on estimating project owners cost and expenses.

Saudi Chevron Phillips – NCP Project

Project Controls Manager Budget: $4.6 Billion 2008 to 2011

Major ethane cracker, derivatives, and pipeline project

Delivered project on time and within budget by controlling cost, schedule, and project delivery.

Collaborated with EPCMs Worley Parsons-USA, JGC- Japan, and Dealim-South Korea to meet project needs.

Saudi Chevron Phillips - JCP Project

Project Controls Manager Budget: $1.1 Billion 2006 to 2008

Major EB/SM aromatics Project in Saudi Arabia

Interfaced with leadership to refine project control processes and resolve risk related to cost and schedules.

Secured EPC, FEED engineering, and construction leadership support from JCG and Worley Parsons.

Monitored staff performance, overseeing contractor progress, daily schedules, and resources.


Project Controls Manager, Developer, Consultant, Trainer

Consulted ExxonMobil Exploration’s Technical and COINS (Contracts and Invoice System) groups. COINS tracks and reports project budgets, original and current values for contracts, work assignments, work orders, general agreements, continuing works and services agreements, including change orders and amendments and their associated invoices for all technical geophysical services projects. To date, integrated COINS with both the corporate accounting and time writing systems and changed it from a “flat” stand-alone tracking and reporting tool to a corporate “desktop” version where all project personnel, management, contracts, and exploration procurement can view project/contract status’s and their spend online.

Developed ExxonMobil Exploration’s new Global Seismic Project Management, Controls, and Data Systems (SPRMan). Completed the implementation of these systems for use by worldwide ExxonMobil management and processing project teams. Designed, developed, and wrote procedures for the new system. SPRMan is a fully integrated, project schedule driven system, utilizing Microsoft Project® 98, Access, and Excel and includes automatic project reporting at any level of the corporate structure. It includes a variety of project controls, such as project schedule, project staffing, progress tracking, resource management and leveling.

Developed a program that facilitates the ExxonMobil 5 year Planning and Budgeting (P&B) process for their Technical Division’s Geophysical Operations and Seismic Processing groups.

Developed a module of SPRMan to handle all projects and corporate reporting simultaneously. This new system included the balance of project control modules such as estimating, contract plan, process, and management, forecasting, etc., and is integrated with their Planning and Budgeting process.

Trained and consulted each ExxonMobil seismic processing project team in the various aspects of project controls and management and the SPRMan system. This includes advising and assisting in the development of the Microsoft Project 98 schedule, estimating resources, commitments and forecasting expenditures. Also, project tracking, managing change orders, staff management, reporting, and other aspects are critical in gaining control and managing projects.

Additional Experience: Consultant to Project Controls Teams during above timeframes

Phillips 66 – Fractionator Project

Chevron – Multiple Pascagoula Refinery Projects

Chevron – Port Arthur Lube Oil Plant Rebuild

British Gas – LNG Facility, Australia

Caltex – Multiple Overseas Projects

Audubon Engineering (2 Projects)

de Cost Consulting, LLC (1998 to 1999)

Project Controls System Developer

Internal Revenue Service (1983 to 1998)

Project/Program Manager, Electronic Tax Administration (ETA), Electronic Filing (eFile)

Education & Certifications


Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Accounting, Taxation

University of Houston, Houston, TX

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

US District Courts, Expert Witness

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