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Cost Control Professional

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CV/Resume ID no.: 76115

Location (Residence): Baku, Azerbaijan
Citizenship: Azerbaijan
  Native: Azeri Latin, Azeri Cyrillic, English United Kingdom, Russian
  Other: Turkish
Education & Experience: Work Authorization & Relocation:
  Masters in Finance

Years of Experience: 10 years
Authorized to work in:
Present Location:
   Azerbaijan, Baku
   Anywhere (International)
Category Subcategory Ability Experience
Commercial/Financial Cost Control Expert 23 years
Commercial/Financial Analyst (Business) Experienced 23 years
Commercial/Financial Analyst (Commercial) Experienced 23 years
Commercial/Financial Accountant Experienced 23 years
CV/Resume Details
1. Summary (Cover Letter) - CV/Resume Part 1 [Mandatory]

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am interested to apply for a position of Cost Engineer/Cost Controller in your company. I have 10 years experience in Cost Control areas of Oil industry and my last jobs are senior roles in one of the largest oil companies.

Please review my CV and contact me for any additional information required.

2. Work Experience - CV/Resume Part 2 [Mandatory]


Dec 2006 – now BP Baku, Azerbaijan
Major Projects Sr. Financial Analyst – Cost Control Consultant
see details below

Dec 2005 – Dec 2006 BP Baku, Azerbaijan
Asset Controller (Cost Manager) see details below

May 2004 – Dec 2005 BP Baku, Azerbaijan
Drilling Cost Engineer see details below

2003 – Apr 2004 McDermott Baku, Azerbaijan
Cost Control Engineer see details below

2001 – 2002 Flexible Solutions Baku, Azerbaijan
Cost Accountant
1997 – 2000 CG (Schlumberger) Baku, Azerbaijan
Cost Assistant


BP Exploration Caspian Sea Ltd., May 2004 – present time
Azerbaijan is a key growth profit center for the Group. BP and its partners have invested c. $16bn over the last 5 years and plan to commit an additional c. $5bn over the next 4-5 years. BP has a clear leadership position in Azerbaijan through its 34% operating share of the ACG (Azeri, Chirag, Guneshli) fields (1.5 bn bbl, net reserves); and operatorship of three further Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs): Shah Deniz (25.5%); Inam (25%) and Alov (15%). Forecast production for 2006 is 500mboed (gross). By 2008, Caspian production will account for about 7% of BP’s total production with volumes forecast at 1,137 mboed (gross). To deliver this hydrocarbon product to markets, the recently completed BTC (Baku, Tbilisi, Ceyhan) pipeline will transport more than 1 mmbbls/day of oil from the Caspian region to the port of Ceyhan in the Mediterranean, and the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) will transport more than 500 mmscfd of gas from the Shah Deniz project to Turkey.

December 2006 – present time, Major Projects Senior Financial Analyst – Cost Control Consultant (reporting to PU Controller)
The Major Projects PU (Performance Unit) is responsible for delivering on schedule, to budget and with best in class operability the facilities content of two of the largest development projects that BP currently has in its portfolio – the Azeri and Deepwater Gunashli (DWG) oilfields in the Caspian Sea. First oil from the Central Azeri platform commenced in February 2005 and the remaining Azeri facilities, comprising the CWP, West Azeri and East Azeri platforms, came online by the end of 2006. First oil from the DWG field is targeted for 2008. The Project has offices in Baku and the UK and construction and fabrication sites at a number of locations adjacent to the Caspian and elsewhere in the world. For context the estimated 2006 and 2007 spend of the PU is $1.8bn and $1.5bn respectively. As the Azeri Project comes to closure other projects such as Produced Water and DWG East Manifold and planning for other major projects will keep the MPPU very active.

 Roles & Responsibilities:
 Lead the PU Financial Control compliance and reporting process.
 Be the primary interface with the cost and accounting teams in Baku and Sutton and the JV accounting team to ensure on-time and accurate delivery of all cost information contained in GFO (Group Financial Outlook) and GAIT submissions including accruals and forecast data – at both gross and BP net level. Provide support to the PU Controller in fully understanding and explaining to PU leadership the nature of and reasons for any variances.
 In conjunction with the cost and accounting teams maintain a robust process for the understanding and reconciliation of all working capital items for the PU and for forecasting working capital movements.
 Assist the PU Controller in developing and implementing processes and reports to meet the Group’s developing internal control requirements arising from the new SOX (Sarbanes Oxley) legislation and as an outcome from the Internal Control Project activity including the performance of monitoring and testing activities
 Be the gatekeeper to ensure that cost data contained in longer term forecasts – Long Term Plans, Major Project Reports, ‘dashboards’, etc. are consistent with GFO/GAIT data
 Co-ordinate the ACG Project content of the Annual Work Program & Budget for AIOC Partners; ensure that monthly AIOC reports prepared by the Joint Venture Accounting team are accurate and consistent; and support the PU Controller in preparing data for meetings with Partners.
 Prepare the necessary PU inputs to the Payroll & Office Costs (P&O) process as well as understand, challenge and be able to explain to PU management the outcomes of the P&O allocation process – for both actuals and forecasts.
 Stand-in for the PU Controller on the full range of PU Financial Control & Accounting (FC&A) activity during his temporary absence on leave or business and represent the PU Controller as appropriate on other occasions.
 Provide a focal point between budget holders, CAM’s, the Project Accounting group in Sutton and the Accounts Payable and Inter-company team teams in Baku and lead as necessary the follow up and close out of third party and BP invoice queries to maximize on-time settlement and minimize reputational consequences.
 Manage the day to day interface with JV auditors of ACG Project activity and obtain and provide responses to any queries and comments raised
 Maintain a robust and fully reconciled PU fixed asset register
 Take the lead in managing with the Project and BP Finance the PU foreign currency management and reporting process, including hedging operations
 Lead the delivery of the PU Assurance Plan as well as assist with the broader ethical conduct responsibilities of the PU
 Provide leadership in identifying and resolving as part of an Management of Change process the range of FC&A consequences of the anticipated forthcoming BU re-organisation and re-alignment of PU accountabilities

December 2005 – December 2006, Chirag-DWG Asset Controller (Asset Cost Manager) (reporting to PU Controller and leading the team of 3 cost engineers)
Chirag/DWG Asset is a part of Offshore PU and currently consists of one platform (Chirag platform: ~$50M annual opex, ~140 mbd production; ~$120M annual capex) and one semi-submersible drilling rig (Dede Gorgud: ~$180M annual capex). Drilling pre-operations for the second platform (DWG: ~$80M Capex) are also started.
Primary responsibilities of the Asset Controller is to provide support to Chirag DWG Asset Manager with budgeting, monitoring performance by Team, coordinate Cost Control activities (Group Financial Outlook (GFO), Master Cost Estimate (MCE), Long Term Plan (LTP)), benchmarking; establish a healthy conversation in managing and delivering the Annual Work Program & Budget (AWP&B), the Performance Contract (PC) and other internal targets for the Chirag DWG Asset operations.

 Roles & Responsibilities:
 Coordinate and lead activities of Asset Cost team. Lead team of 3 cost engineers.
 Provide advising support to Asset management on accounting, control and finance issues
 Act as a linkage between Asset Management and PU (Financial Control & Accounting) FC&A team - ensure FC&A consistency between PU/ Asset
 Ensure integrity of forecasting & reporting processes in Asset
 Ensure integrity of VOWD provided by Cost Engineers / Budget Holders
 Assure integrity of actuals / forecast by reviewing PI/GFO feeds for the Asset with Asset Manager
 Coordinate input into annual and ad hoc P&O forecasts
 Maintain resource planning database for Asset and produce regular updates on changes in plans
 Maintain risk management process in Asset
 Facilitate process of putting together PC for Asset
 Maintain & develop Performance Management System for Asset including building an Asset Dashboard
 Lead Financial Control Management of Change processes for new start-up of DWG Platform Operations and 1st Oil respectively.
 Work Closely with Project Team to ensure smooth transition of FC&A processes when DWG Platform starts operations
 Working with engineering team ensure understanding of funds available for punchlist items
 Champion Internal Controls through regular review of compliance reports and guidance to offenders
 Coordinate AWP&B for Asset and assist in preparation of partner presentations
 Facilitate Benchmarking of Lifting Costs

May 2004 – December 2005, Drilling Cost Engineer (reporting to Asset Controller)

 Roles & Responsibilities:
 Focal point for cost information for ACG Pre-drilling team and DWG Platform Drilling team
 Be accountable for budgeting process by rising and compiling wells AFEs (Authorisation for Expenditure) and preparation of Drilling AWP&B, LTP and P&O exercises.
 Be responsible for ensuring accurate daily cost tracking. This will involve close liaison with the offshore drilling engineers to identify the location of rental items, mud volumes, people moves, etc. Final responsibility lies with the cost analyst.
 Implement control over well-cost deliverables trough understanding drilling programs and contractual terms and ensure there is no additional unjustified cost allocated.
 Understand cost drivers and conduct on regular basis drilling cost analysis and communicate possible over/underspend in timely manner to Budget Holder and Asset Controller.
 Prepare end of well-cost reports and final well cost reconciliations for internal files and Partner audits as per Well Cost Reconciliation Policy.
 Be first point of contact relating to Partner queries on Well expenditure during annual partner Audits.
 Preparation and coordination of the GFO inputs for the DWG Drilling activities and submission as part of the PU / BU GFO process.
 Estimate on monthly basis VOWD (Value of Work Done) and calculate accruals in accordance with accounting policy.
 Promote strong cost awareness within drilling team. Constantly review commitments against drilling programs approved funds and highlight any contractors spend that is likely to exceed overall contract value.
 Monitor Contracts/POs performance in support of Azerbaijan SPU compliance with recently enacted Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) legislation in the US
 Facilitate and control timewriting process within respective department, prepare timewriting reports, ensure timely and correct fulfillment of timesheets, analyze actual timewriting vs. planned.
 Coordinate SWO management process for DWG and ensure correctness of UTG allocations to DWG budget.
 Assist budget holders on the implementation and maintenance of DWG Drilling performance scorecards and KPIs.
 Facilitate invoice tracking and approval process and ensure correct cost allocation

McDermott Caspian Contractors Inc, 2003 – April 2004
The McDermott Caspian Contractors Inc. performs the Fabrication of Topsides and Pipelines layout for BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Ltd. on the ACG Project.

WA Cost Control Engineer (reporting to Senior Cost Control Engineer)
Responsible for cost control of West Azeri (WA) Topsides Construction Project ($100m annual budget), establishment of cost baseline for the project, monitoring and forecasting of cost commitments, expenditures and cash flow.

 Roles & Responsibilities
 Cost forecasting and cost reporting on WA Topsides Construction, issue of Monthly Cost Reports and estimation of VOWD of the project
 Coordination of billing process
 Issue of change orders and trends for all deviations from budget
 Control of Assets tracking
 Monitoring the cost on management, administration and support staff
 Ensuring the integrity of man-hours reports to be submitted to the clients
 Coordination with the Material Manager and buyers to maintain control of material costs
 Development and maintenance of Cost Breakdown Structure

3. Education & Training - CV/Resume Part 3 [Mandatory]

 CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, 2005
 Currently studying at CIMA Managerial Level (Management Accounting pillar completed)
 Baku State University 1998-2000, MA
 Baku State University 1994-1998, BA

4. Computer Skills - CV/Resume Part 4 [Mandatory]
Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, PP, etc), SAP, Maximo, Olives, Sports, Primavera, etc
5. Other Skills - CV/Resume Part 5 [Optional]
English, Russian, Turkish, Azeri
6. Additional Information - CV/Resume Part 6 [Optional]
Frequently Asked Questions

Which accomplishments in your present position are you proud of and why?
Please request me to provide you the copies of my BP Global FC&A Awards - These awards recognize and reward those ideas and projects that have made a difference to BP on a group level.
Give me some examples of past working experience that you have found personally satisfying.
A) Coaching. On my previous role of Asset Controller (i.e. Cost Manager) I was leading the team of 3 cost engineers and I was dedicating time for coaching them. It was really satisfying to see good results of their development. B) Cost Audits. On my current role I was doing cost audits of Major Projects cost teams, reviewing their cost control and Capex management processes and finding the ways to improve them. C) Long Term Plans. On all my roles I was engaged with budgeting exercises, however the most satisfying I found creation of Long Term Plans (10 years cost forecast), what allows me to use analytical skills.
What are some recent responsibilities you have taken on? Why did you assume these responsibilities?
My latest move within BP was move to the position of Sr. Financial Analyst for Major Projects. This was needed to get experience in financials (all my previous experience relates to cost control) needed for the future role of PU Controller (PU Controller manages 3-4 cost teams (15-20 cost engineers).
Why should we choose you over other applicants for this position?
I am expert in cost control and I used to work as cost specialist in such different areas as Drilling, Production and Maintenance, Major Projects, Platform Construction and Seismic Services. I can start from scratch and create cost control processes and cost tracking systems. I can coach and train people and create cost control procedures and guidelines. I also understand the linkage between cost control and financial accounting and have experience with US/UK GAAP, IAS/IFRS, SOX, etc.
How much do you earn annually (in USD).
My annual salary - $89,220 USD (gross)
If you are selected, when will you be able to resume office?
I have to provide one-month notice to my current employer


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