Willow Infrastructure Cost Control Lead

Posted 03 October 2023
Location Anchorage, United States of America
Job type Contract

Job Description

Willow Infrastructure Cost Control Lead

Location: Anchorage, AK


Located on Alaska’s North Slope in the National Petroleum Reserve (NPR-A), the Willow project is estimated to produce 180,000 barrels of oil per day at its peak.
The economic impact of the Willow project will be sizable. According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates, Willow could generate between $8 billion and $17 billion in new revenue for the federal government, the state of Alaska, the North Slope Borough, and local communities. The initial phase of Willow development will include a new Willow Central Processing Facility (WCF), three drill sites, pipelines, roads, bridges and supporting infrastructure.

Scope Summary
The Willow project is spread over several phases and areas.

2023 – 2025 - Detailed Design
2023 – 2024 - WOC Fabrication
2025 – 2027 - WOC North Slope Installation and Commissioning
2025 – 2027 - WCF / DS Sealift Module Fabrication
2027 – 2029 – WCF / DS North Slope Installation and Commissioning

Willow will be a greenfield design including all processing facilities, utilities, drilling equipment, camp, and power generation.

The Willow Infrastructure Cost Lead position is a working lead position performing under the direction of the Project Controls Manager- Infrastructure and will be accountable for oversight of overall Willow Infrastructure cost, change management, reporting and cost specialists assigned to the infrastructure cost team. The assignment will include participation in the Infrastructure Project Controls Leadership team and other assignments as required. The Willow Infrastructure Cost Lead will be responsible for participating in all Infrastructure projects cost activities.


The Willow Infrastructure Cost Lead reports to the Project Controls Manager- Infrastructure and may be responsible for:
  • Supporting the Implementation and maintenance of the integrated project cost management system assuring timely and accurate cost data input to the system. The Willow Infrastructure Cost Lead will be considered an “SME/Super-user” for the cost management system.
  • Tailoring existing procedures and providing guidance to the Infrastructure Teams (Gravel, for various project control cost activities including budget preparation, forecasts, related cost engineering and reporting project performance against benchmarks.
  • Establishing and managing the Willow Infrastructure Project Scopes WBS’s
  • Assisting in the development and standardization of all Willow Infrastructure cost reporting for all frequencies (e.g. ad-hoc, monthly, etc.)
  • Interfacing and coordinating with the project teams and Contractor’s Cost specialists (where necessary) to ensure that cost data is incorporated into the integrated project budget and forecast in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Reporting status of all project costs and time phased spend plans for cost and production trends, forecast at completion [FAC] analysis, cost variance analysis for use by all major project stakeholders and senior management/executive review.
  • Analyzing all incoming program and project cost data and providing an early warning process by variance and trend analysis and recommending viable recovery or work around plans as required to the Project Teams.
  • Coordinating with the Infrastructure Planning/Scheduling Lead to ensure that the project budget aligns with the project schedule and the execution plan timelines.
  • Oversight of the change/trend management process of the contractors and stewarding the owner’s trend and change management process.
  • Registering and evaluating all change orders for cost impact.
  • Coordinating the development of the monthly change based project cost forecast, the monthly trend and change reporting and the monthly contingency drawdown.
  • Assisting in coordination of flow of information related to contractor input into the contractor’s estimate and to the recasting effort associated with the overall control estimate.
  • Review/approve contractor cost/progress reports.
  • Analyze contractor-prepared cost performance reports using Earned Value methods.
  • Develop monthly (VOWD) and prepare the monthly Accrual
  • Coordinate the preparation and approval of Purchase Orders and Requisitions to authorize work.
  • Process periodic invoices and liaise with the Program Cost Control Lead in order to maximize the effective use of resources
  • Coordinate with SCM for the proper project close-out.

Basic/Required Qualifications
  • Bachelors’ Degree and/or equivalent experience
  • Proven management and staff leadership skills
  • 8+ years experience on major capital projects in Oil & Gas, Refinery or Petrochemical environments in assignments of increasing responsibility, complexity and scale.
  • High technical competency in the field of Project Controls with an expertise in Cost Engineering, Budgeting, Forecasting (Work in Progress/Earned Value), Change Management, Accruals and General Accounting, as well as expert use of Project Controls systems.

Preferred Skills:
  • BS Degree in Construction Management, Engineering or other appropriate field or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of proprietary computer software systems used for project management, tracking, controlling and reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability for development of reports for and presentations to management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Other Requirements
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and meet deadlines.
  • Builds strong relationships based on trust and seeks opportunities to collaborate across the matrix/organizational boundaries to achieve business goals.
  • Efficiently prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments.