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Phillips 66 Prepare to Operate (PTO) Director - Houston, TX in Houston, Texas

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The Prepare to Operate (PTO) Director leads Midstream Operations project management for asset commissioning, field operations staffing and services, logistics business systems and operations, engineering and regulatory readiness, and support function integration plans for major projects. The Director leads the development of robust plans for commissioning activities, ensures alignment of plans and deliverables between functions, develops resource plans for internal and contract support, manages risks to delivery, and communicates progress to the organization.

The PTO Director works in a team environment collaborating with project construction teams (major and large projects), business development and Midstream Operations stakeholders. Key deliverables are safe, efficient commissioning and start-up of new assets, positive customer experience, and financial control of commissioning expenses.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Supporting transition from FEL to PTO team startup including budget development, team structure and operability reviews

  • Aligning the construction team with operational scope and functional acceptance criteria for project delivery

  • Developing and maintaining project integration plans for PTO key milestones, functions, and workstreams

  • Leading operability reviews of system designs

  • Tracking progress to key milestones for the project, functions, and workstreams

  • Communicating progress to team and business leadership on a regular basis

  • Leading and facilitating regular team meetings with functional leads and the management advisory team

  • Promoting a culture that delivers excellent HSE performance

  • Acting as a liaison between the Midstream Operations PTO team, BD/Strategy and Major Projects

  • Providing support to technical leads in PHA, Cause and Effect Reviews and development of Operating Parameters (Tank Level Alarms, OD Sheets, Point by Point MOP etc.)

  • Leading the planning for PTO commissioning, handover from projects, and startup of assets including functional acceptance per the operational and control narratives

  • Coordinating the handover of assets and readiness for commissioning with major projects

  • Leading the implementation of commissioning plans and startup sequencing for flow

  • Ensuring robust operational and control narratives

  • Leading functional acceptance of assets for project closing and prioritization of punch list items in coordination with the project team

  • Tracking financial progress to plan of EAWC, capital charges, and transition to operating budgets for internal and contract resources

  • Ensuring regulatory compliance tasks are completed

  • Supervising the Project Controls Analyst and Technical Engineers/Specialists assigned to the project

Position Requirements


  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering or Technical

  • 3 or more years of project management experience

  • 3 or more years in Midstream Operations or Midstream BD

  • 3 or more years of Supervisory experience (direct or indirect)

  • Demonstrated delivery of projects


  • PMP or similar certification

  • Intermediate level of proficiency with MS Project or Similar, SAP, Power BI or similar reporting tools

  • 5 or more years of experience in pipeline maintenance, operations, pipeline projects

  • 5 or more years supervisory experience

  • 3 or more years hydraulics experience

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills creating an environment of trust


Our Midstream segment provides crude oil and refined product transportation, terminaling and processing services, as well as natural gas liquids (NGL) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) transportation, storage, processing and marketing services, mainly in the United States. This segment includes our master limited partnership, Phillips 66 Partners LP, as well as our 50 percent equity investment in DCP Midstream, LLC. As of December 31, 2017 our transportation business managed over 21,000 miles of pipeline systems, 40 finished product terminals, 38 storage locations, 19 crude oil terminals, 5 LPG terminals and 1 petroleum coke exporting facility.

Company Overview

Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company’s master limited partnership, is integral to the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,300 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $58 billion of assets as of March 31, 2019. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.

To be considered

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of July 24, 2019.

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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Requisition ID: 51117

Location: Texas - Houston

Job Field: Operations