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Deputy Chief Engineer Major Capital Projects - 90290500 - Washington DC / Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Position has the potential to be based in Washington DC or Philadelphia.


Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President, Project Delivery, the Deputy Chief Engineer Major Capital Projects will oversee the implementation of major capital improvement projects included in the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel Replacement Program that will modernize and transform a four-mile section of the Northeast Corridor. It includes two new high-capacity tubes for electrified passenger trains, new roadway and railroad bridges, new rail systems and track, and a new ADA-accessible West Baltimore MARC station. The position focuses on project and construction management ensuring adherence to project scope, cost, schedules and the requirements of stakeholders, the timely and cost-effective delivery of projects, and the representation of Amtrak in all project-related interactions with third parties.

The Deputy Chief Engineer Major Capital Projects works collaboratively and in coordination with all Amtrak Engineering senior staff or staff from other departments, the Federal Railroad Administration, and other U.S. DOT agencies, Congress, States and localities, commuter and freight operators, and suppliers, other third parties, investors and stakeholders to develop strategies, plans, funding and finance approaches, and partnerships to advance Amtraks mission.

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
Act as primary contact internally and externally for major capital improvement projects, creating and executing work plans, identifying required resources, assigning duties and tasks to team members, reviewing and monitoring the project progress on a regular basis, and leading regular status meetings with clients and teams
Manage and monitor project schedules, progress and costs; maintain, adjust and update project plans, as needed; consolidate, communicate and manage all issues and risks affecting the project, and ensure the timely communication of project status to project participants and stakeholders
Oversees development and implementation of project plans, schedules and budgets consistent with operational needs and budget allowances, and oversee bid negotiations and consultant relationships
Ensure project progress by measuring the variance in scope, schedule, cost and quality from the respective baselines and takes necessary action to address deviations
Train and monitor employees to ensure delivery of quality program executions. Identify and recommend processes to be improved to drive continuous improve in deliverable quality
Participates in the development and administration of the budget for assigned programs; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate
Provides technical advice to the AVP Project Delivery and the Chief Engineer on matters related to capital projects delivery
Builds and maintains external relationships to provide effective communication of capital program status and accomplished goals and objectives
Represents the AVP Project Delivery with other executive staff, departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations
Represents Amtrak at meetings and conferences with elected and public officials, the community, private citizens, and public and private organizations
Analyze challenges, problems, and process breakdowns to ensure that lessons learned are used to improve project management and project delivery practices
Continuously improves and/or develops key business processes that focus on delivering capital projects on-time and within budget
Effectively contributes to a safe and secure work environment for employees and travel experience for customers
Demonstrates necessary leadership to support a zero incident and injury culture within Amtrak
Oversees the development and implementation of assigned department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area
Assesses and monitors workloads, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes
Directs departments activities including setting goals and objectives, policies, work standards, and controls for professional staff and consultants
Maintains a teamwork environment within all peers as well as the engineering departments internal customers
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of project management in public transportation
Serves as acting AVP Project Delivery as required and assigned

Bachelors degree in engineering, construction management, or a closely related field
13+ years of experience in passenger railroads exhibiting progressive growth and increased responsibility in providing major project delivery services to the public
In lieu of education a minimum of 17 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience is needed
5+ years of senior management-level experience at the department-head level in project/construction management, engineering and/or maintenance within passenger railroads, or in any comparable public or private organization
Successfully demonstrates expert knowledge and ability to effectively oversee scope, schedule and budgets of capital improvement and capital maintenance programs
Extensive experience managing diverse, large, and geographically dispersed groups of individuals
Extensive experience showing strong interdepartmental leadership with the ability to identify problems and develop and implement solutions
Extensive understanding of business operations and the impact departmental actions have on the corporation and operations
Experience working with government agencies and organizations

Knowledge of:
Advance principles of project management, program development, implementation and administration for improvement and maintenance projects
Theories, principles, and practices of passenger railroad systems design, construction, operations, maintenance, safety, accident prevention, and emergency response
Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing the design, engineering, and construction of passenger railroad capital improvement and maintenance projects
Project delivery, engineering, and maintenance roles, responsibilities, and requirements
Railroad systems including track, structures, communications, signals, electric traction and track usage procedures
Principles and practices of capital and operating budgets preparation and administration
Principles and practices of contract negotiation and administration
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation
Principles and practices of public administration
Social, political, and environmental issues influencing capital programs
Labor unions agreements
The Amtrak organization, Federal Railroad Administration and NEC stakeholders, including state and local governments, commuter railroads and freights
Roadway Workers Protection (RWP), NORAC/General Code Operating Rules; MW 1000, AMT2, AMT23, AMT27, Hazard Communication (Right to Know) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Skills and Abilities to:
Motivate and support people across the organization to work collectively as a cohesive whole to produce superior results
Develop strategy and tactical direction in alignment with Amtraks Strategic Plan
Identify talented managers and advocating for their future development
Conduct meetings and interviews, interpersonal communications, time management, conflict resolution, and to conduct formal investigations
Communicate clearly and concisely in verbal and written form, including ability to articulate complex issues, and interact with outside stakeholders as well as all levels of Amtrak
Present and discuss programs and projects status with senior management, 3rd parties and the Board of Directors
Effectively oversee all capital improvement and capital maintenance program management and administrative functions
Plan, develop and implement objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards to organize and control the design and construction of a capital project
Understand, interpret, and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts, and labor/management agreements
Facilitate and encourage objective analyses of alternative points of view and to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of various business options in order to reach an informed decision
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with superiors, peers, and subordinates across the organization
Represent Amtrak before elected officials and the public as requested
Exercise judgment and creativity in making decisions
Prepare reports and correspondence
Microsoft Project, Visio and Office, including intermediate level capabilities in the use of Excel, Power Point, and Word

Master's degree in engineering, business, or project management, and extensive experience working with construction of capital projects in an operating environment
Professional Engineers (PE) License
CMAA Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and/or PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) credential

Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:55161
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering
Relocation Offered:Yes
Travel Requirements:Up to 50%

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We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing.Marijuana,notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession ofmarijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Candidates who engage in the usage ofmarijuanawillnotbe qualified for hire.We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering|| Engineering & Mechanical



  • Transportation
Posted: 2021-08-24 Expires: 2021-10-14

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