Phillips 66 to eliminate 75 positions in Bartlesville

Daisy Creager
| Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Phillips 66 is eliminating 75 positions from its procurement and finance division in Bartlesville, transitioning the work to an outside firm. 

In the coming months, some of the 60 employees and 15 contractors will be moved to other positions within the company, with others being laid off, according to a statement from the company. The number being laid off is unclear.

The Houston-based company maintains 1,700 positions in its Bartlesville offices, which house its business operations and innovation divisions. 

The procurement and finance work will be handled by a managed service provider, a model Phillips 66 uses elsewhere in the company. 

“It is normal practice to assess our operating model to deliver more agile, efficient and smart ways of working. … The move will allow us to streamline business operations, increase efficiencies and accelerate innovation,” the statement said.

The decision comes amid other changes in Bartlesville’s primary industry. 

On Feb. 23, ConocoPhillips confirmed a decision to close its Bartlesville research lab and discontinue shuttle service between its Bartlesville and Houston offices — moves that will involve layoffs, although a company spokesperson declined to say how many.

ConocoPhillips is also moving forward with plans to move 20 to 25 jobs to Bartlesville throughout the year following its acquisition of Concho Resources.

On Monday, the Bartlesville City Council approved a pilot program to incentivize the new ConocoPhillips employees to live in Bartlesville by offering cash assistance with buying or building a home locally.

The city will pay those in the group $10,000 for buying a house and $20,000 for building one within the city limits, or outside the city limits if it is within the Bartlesville School District.

The pilot program was developed by the Bartlesville Development Authority as the next step in a multi-year plan to reduce the number of people who chose to live in Owasso or Tulsa and commute, rather than live locally.

When ConocoPhillips’ new group has fully moved, the city will assess the program, expanding it to other primary industry employers if it is successful.