Oil & Gas: Project Manager-Houston, TX

Job ID
Houston, TX, United States
Job Type
Oil & Gas

A Talascend client is seeking an experienced Project Manager for a contract position in Houston, TX.


  • Under broad direction, this position is responsible for all phases of planning and execution on a medium-sized (typically less than $100 million total installed cost) project or may be responsible for a segment of a larger project. Plans, organizes, coordinates and controls projects in accordance with the established policies, procedures, systems, and requirements approved by the company. Has responsibility for day to day contact and communication with the client and focuses on meeting contract requirements. Possesses knowledge of the respective industry including Petrochemicals, Refining, Chemicals, LNG, etc. ranging in scope from pre-FEED, FEED to EPC.  Supervises personnel assigned to the project. Job role has budgetary responsibility.
  • Skills are typically acquired through completion of an undergraduate degree in Engineering and a minimum of 15 years related experience.   Candidate should possess a working knowledge of all phases of project execution.  
  • Qualifications must include project experience with infrastructure or offsites development for major petrochemical project.   Experience with FEL-2 definition coordination, planning and deliverables.
  • Candidate will work within an integrated project management team environment.

Tasks during Program Execution step


  • Create all required project management plans, schedules, estimates, strategies, concepts etc. for assigned Project using standardized templates and approaches.
  • Create FEL2 deliverables schedule including information on interfaces with other Projects and provide to the Sr. Project Manager for integration into one effective schedule for the entire Project Group.
  • Use and ensure project team uses all standard templates, workflows, tools and processes specified by the PMO.
  • Deploy required safety program to assure the safety of the project team members throughout the project.
  • Develop Strategy for Engineering in FEL 2, working with Eng. Mgr., Sr. PM, Discipline Leads
  • Work with Engineering Manager to clearly delineate the physical interfaces between Projects and provide input to the Lead Scheduler and PM on effective ways to ensure interfaces are scheduled and managed effectively.
  • Work with Controls Lead and Scheduler to integrate own Project schedule into a comprehensive and coordinated Project Group schedule that shows the critical path and highlights the areas of required coordination across Disciplines and across Projects (interfaces).  (for FEL2 then FEL3).
  • Create plans for managing deviations or potential deviations from scope, budget and schedule.

RISK MANAGEMENT: Develop "fallback" positions for critical issues within Project


  • Perform all standard PM tasks for the Project including scope management, estimating and reporting, cost control, contract plan, scheduling, schedule compliance, risk identification and mitigation, deliverable quality, reports etc.
  • Control Project engineering cost, progress and quality performance and make adjustments to ensure objectives are met.
  • Ensure that Project objectives and deliverables are met during the project phase.
  • Review any potential changes in design with other project PMs, the Engineering Manager and the Sr. Project Manager to identify any potential negative impacts or needs for additional changes prior to a formal change submission.
  • Ensure that standards, tools and procedures are being used correctly and consistently within the Project.
  • Escalate issues that cannot be resolved within the Project to the Sr. Project Manager.
  • Evaluate any potential changes within the Project against impact on other Projects to ensure implications of the change are well understood prior to submission.
  • Review and get approval for any requested deviations from technical standards using the standard workflow.
  • Coordinate with HSEQ on required permitting
  • Understand Unit Process: Start Up, Shutdown, Maintenance Needs, Upset Conditions, Safety Considerations


  • Ensure project team is clear on project objectives, key deadlines and deliverables and hold them accountable through good controls.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with entire project team on changes, updates, issues and accomplishments.
  • Work with the Engineering Manager to ensure coordination of own Project deliverables with those of other Projects
  • Work with Disciplines as needed to adjust their approach to tasks to ensure timely and coordinated task completion. Secure additional time, resources or funding if required to keep the project progressing.
  • Get input and feedback from Operations, Maintenance and other Disciplines
  • Ensure scope is correct and complete
  • Coordinate with Commissioning / Start up Manager
  • Coordinate with Construction Manager
  • Inform Sr. PM and/or Engineering Manager of any major deviations or potential deviations in project plans.
  • Work closely with the project Technical Committee to get answers to questions requiring their input.  Include Sr. PM and Engineering Manager in discussions of issues prior to going to the Technical Committee.
  • Leverage the skills and knowledge of the Engineering Manager to address technical issues and assist with review of technical deliverables.
  • Support the Disciplines' efforts while allowing Discipline Leads to be the technical experts; avoid excessive oversight.
  • Work closely with Controlling to ensure all required information is being provided.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those qualified individuals who closely meet the qualifications of the position will be contacted. The details of the position are only a summary, other duties may be assigned as necessary.

Background Check and Drug Screen may be required for this position.

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