PRCI Program Manager Position Open


Thu, November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017 —

Effective immediately, PRCI has a position open for a research program manager. The job description for this position is:

Program Manager – Integrity & Inspection

Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) is a not-for-profit, research consortium comprised of leading energy pipeline companies worldwide, and key equipment manufacturers, vendors and service providers who support the pipeline industry.  PRCI plans, implements and executes a research and development program under the guidance of its member company representatives that engages world-class research contractors to conduct projects.  PRCI operates a Technology Development Center (TDC) in Houston, TX, where PRCI-funded, member-funded and NDE/ILI vendor-funded research is conducted.


The Integrity & Inspection Program Manager in PRCI is a staff level position responsible for the day-to-day management of research contracts within the PRCI Integrity & Inspection Technical Committee, and for the general coordination and support of that Technical Committee, which is comprised of integrity management professionals from PRCI member companies.  A key responsibility of PRCI R&D staff is to facilitate the participation of Committee members in the research program, which contains a large set of individual projects addressing a wide range of pipeline integrity management issues.   The Program Manager works closely with research contractors, member company representatives on project teams and other PRCI staff, and reports directly to the PRCI Vice-President, Operations.  The position is located at the PRCI TDC in Houston.

Job Objective

Manage a range of activities that enable the planning, implementation and management of assigned research projects, and upon their conclusion, the transfer of project results to the PRCI membership via established reporting & communication practices.   Critical to this is the development of working relationships with member company technical representatives, subject matter experts and research contractors, and having a working understanding of the technical aspects of current pipeline integrity management practice and issues. 


  1. Manage the execution of PRCI research projects to achieve their contracted technical deliverables within established budgets and timelines, and facilitating the communication of project results.Provide project management services to the Project Teams and the TC’s. These services include:

  2. Organizing documents (e.g. contractor draft reports and any required discussion or supporting technical materials) for the project teams to review that enables their oversight and review of specific project deliverables.

  3. Scheduling and facilitating project team meetings for initial kick-off meetings, periodic project reviews and for any required special decisions.This includes organizing and transmitting the minutes and action items of meetings of the project teams.

  4. Ensuring that project team rosters, schedules and budgets are prepared in accordance with PRCI Guidelines and the information is entered into the PRCI project management information system “PRIME”.

  5. Support the development of committee and project report-outs for TC meetings and Board meetings, as coordinated by PRCI staff and TC leadership.

  6. Providing general support at TC meetings, including agenda development, assisting with meeting management, and capturing the decisions, actions and open issues from these sessions.

  7. Maintain contract/project status information and provide status reports on active contracts for periodic internal and external program reviews.Ensure that critical milestones for projects are met, recorded and reported to project teams

  8. Ensure that contractor invoices are accurate and processed in a timely manner.Provide notification of material departure from expected contract spending patterns.

  9. Coordinate project final report reviews (report technical reviews & approvals are conducted directly by member company representatives).

  10. Periodically present R&D program summaries and updates to related industry organizations and pipeline industry conferences.

Travel Requirements

The incumbent will be expected to travel approximately 10 to 20% of the time.  Travel typically normally involves overnight stays (i.e., not day trips) and lasts a period of 1-3 days.  There is little geographic pattern to the travel, as meetings can be scheduled at contractors, field test sites, or conferences, in addition to the twice-a-year PRCI Board meetings and three Technical Committee meetings, all of which rotate through various locations, including periodically at international locations.

Background Qualifications:

  • A Bachelors degree, preferably in engineering or the physical sciences.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to communicate well with a diversity of constituents, including staff colleagues, Board members, member company technical representatives, and contractors.

  • Ability to work independently on a variety of tasks simultaneously as well as a strong systems orientation and attention to detail.

  • Experience in project development, budget development and project management.

  • Ability to obtain participation and commitments from key stakeholders, including access to various pipeline field operations and/or equipment, as needed to conduct individual research projects and to obtain project report reviews.

Qualified cantidates for the position are encouraged to send a resume and a brief letter of interest, via email, to Mike Whelan at

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Michael  Whelan
Michael Whelan
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Michael Whelan