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Tesoro Companies Inc. | Dickinson, North Dakota
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Job Description

Requisition ID: 59521


Serves as primary liaison between site and Major Projects’ engineering and construction team through all project phases. Identifies and communicates site requirements. Develops commissioning and startup execution plans. Leads transition to full commercial operations with support from project team.


  1. As member of project team, utilizes assessment tools to measure project status against identified criteria and evaluate readiness for stage gate approval. Communicates project status and threats to relevant site leadership members based on area of responsibility. Provides input into scope of change process.
  2. Collaborates with site leadership on resource allocation to ensure active participation and support of refinery departments during all project phases. Identifies and secures resources to support facility startup and operating plan.
  3. Coordinates appropriate and adequate site involvement in FEL (front-end loading) activities. Ensures site-unique requirements such as blast studies, electrical area classifications, fire response needs and local jurisdictional building approvals are addressed in project design. Monitors schedules to ensure site’s timely input into FEL reviews. Participates as member of site team in inspection visits.
  4. Actively monitors field construction progress to identify potential Pre Startup Safety Review (PSSR) concerns and escalates issues to ensure appropriate and prompt actions taken. Leads multi-disciplinary team in development, review and timely delivery of planning documents such as, but not limited to: commissioning plan, isolation plan for field tie-ins, permitting plan.
  5. In commissioning and start-up phase, leads transition to full unit operations. Ensures startup plan is comprehensive and meets commercial, safety and environmental objectives. Works with Operations to develop contingency plans for turnover, care, custody and controls activities.
  6. Provides training support. Designs training plans. Develops learning materials ensuring content is consistent with established standards, processes, protocols and procedures. Provides input into technical documents such as operational practices and manuals. Creates job aids such as checklists, decision aids, diagrams, flowcharts.
  7. Champions process and personal safety in all project phases. Stewards review and completion of process safety and occupational safety action items.



  • Minimum high school diploma or GED required.


  • Minimum 10 years capital projects, turnarounds or construction experience in refining, petrochemical or related industries required.


  • Knowledge of industry codes and standards applicable to major capital projects.
  • Able to interpret technical drawings and schematics.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively solve problems.

Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a leading independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products with a strategically focused presence in the western United States. Tesoro, through our subsidiaries, owns and operates seven refineries with a combined capacity of over 895,000 barrels per day. Our retail-marketing system includes over 2,400 retail stations under the ARCO®, Shell®, Exxon®, Mobil®, USA Gasoline™, Rebel™ and Tesoro® brands. Our full-service logistics business, a master limited partnership formed by Tesoro Corporation as Tesoro Logistics LP (TLLP), owns and operates 4,000 miles of crude oil, refined products and natural gas pipelines; 29 crude oil and refined products truck and marine terminals; 15 million barrels of storage capacity; two crude oil rail facilities; and four natural gas processing complexes. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, our operations span 18 states.

Our strength lies in our investment in employees and in their future. We measure success not only by the products we bring to our customers, or the financial results we deliver to our shareholders, but also by remaining true to our core values of safety and environmental stewardship, respect and integrity.

Discover your strengths and invest in your future by applying today.

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Vet / Disability

Posting Notes: || Dickinson || North Dakota || United States (US) || SF:LI-AS-1 || |Refinery Operations || 58601 ||

About Tesoro Companies Inc.

Tesoros Trading Company is a retailer and wholesale distributor of folk arts and crafts from around the world. Owner Jonathan Williams started the company in 1983. He personally selects the items we sell and works with the artisans who make the handicrafts we import.

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