Senior Manager, Project Excellence & Assurance
Manufacturing is a dynamic industry that provides critical goods and technology that support the world’s economy. I am passionate about the opportunity to collaborate with others to build projects that continually make things better, more efficient and more environmentally sustainable. I am proud of the positive influence I have had on others.
Valerie has been instrumental in driving improvements for Andeavor Refining over the past three years. She has helped the company’s Major Projects Organization improve from being 30 percent more expensive than the industry average to 5 percent less expensive. She has also assisted small project teams at the company’s ten refineries in becoming 10 percent more cost-efficient. These improvements have been worth more than $115M per year to Andeavor.
To achieve these improvements, Valerie developed and implemented over 50 procedures to standardize work processes, obtaining alignment among key stakeholders at all ten refineries and at the corporate office. She also conducted formal face-to-face training at all refineries and established key performance indicators. To improve transparency with all project stakeholders, Valerie developed a Project Assurance Process. Her initiatives now support good decision-making at all levels within the organization.
Working within a field where women are somewhat underrepresented, Valerie enjoys spending time informally mentoring young female engineers at Andeavor. Having been encouraged toward a STEM career as a Junior Achievement member while in high school, she was also proud to participate in the 2018 S.H.E. Leads Junior Achievement event, where she shared her experiences as a female engineer.
Outside of work, Valerie served on the We Care Services for Children board of directors for seven years. This local nonprofit offers early intervention programs for young children in need. Notably, Valerie helped connect the organization with the local business community through her role as a recognized local business leader. In this capacity, she demonstrated that the people employed by local businesses truly care about the communities they operate in and are willing to give their free time to ensure the ongoing viability of community organizations.