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Sr Principal Project Manager- 90117037 - Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move Americas workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

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Underthe direction of the Director Portfolio Management, the Senior Principal ProjectManageris responsible formanagingspecific mega complex capital construction projects,wheretotal projectcostmay exceed$100M.Individual in this role use advanceknowledgeof projectmanagementprocessesandcontrolstoaccomplish project objectives byplanning andevaluating project activities with minimal supervision from theDirector, andmay have either directreportsor matrixed subordinate team members. The rolerequiresregularanalyticalandmetricsbasedreportingtoSeniorstaff, ExecutiveGovernance Committees, Amtrak Board of Directors, Government officialsand otherexternal stakeholders.


  • Develops and implements project plans, schedules and budgets consistent with operational needs and budget allowances and oversees bid negotiations and consultant relationships.
  • Manages and monitors 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.
  • Ensures project progress by measuring the variance in scope, schedule, cost and quality from the respective baselines and takes necessary action to address deviations.
  • Identifies, documents and leads evaluation of changes based on cost, schedule, risk and scope impacts as well as crossfunctional dependencies. Ensures appropriate packaging of relevant information to support appropriate project change and governance decision processes.
  • Mentors and coaches junior level Project Management staff and matrixed team members and provides guidance on adherence to the Project Management practices.
  • Works with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities.
  • Provides financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives and government regulators.
  • Identifies and evaluates the risks associated with project activities and work across organization to establish and monitor mitigation plans.
  • Establishes appropriate project governance structures and processes by engaging executive sponsor and key stakeholders.
  • Establishes collaborative partnership among stakeholders to enable scoping, financial and resource decisions.
  • Develop and maintain required project management documents in accordance with Amtrak Project Management standards and applicable regulations.
  • Identifies efficiencies and present recommended improvement opportunities at various levels of management.
  • Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management methodology and standards
  • Builds and maintains external relationships to provide effective communication of capital program status and accomplished goals and objectives.
  • Develops and administers of the budget for assigned projects approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
  • Represents Amtrak at meetings and conferences with elected and public officials, the community, private citizens, and public and private organizations.
  • Analyzes challenges, problems, and process breakdowns to ensure that lessons learned are used to improve project management and project delivery practices.
  • 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.
  • Identifies and recommends processes to be improved to better deliver quality projects.
  • 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.


  • Bachelors Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • PMP certification (Must be willing to obtain within 12 months of date of hire)
  • 9+ years of relevant experience rquired.
  • Experience in project management with emphasis on medium to large scale project implementation in the passenger railroad field
  • In lieu of education a minimum of 15 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience is needed
  • 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


  • Professional Engineers (PE) License or Licensed Architect
  • Bachelors degree in engineering, construction management, or a closely related field
  • 11+ years relevant experience preferred.


Knowledge of:

Advance principles of project management,programdevelopment, implementationandadministration for improvementandmaintenance projects.

Theories, principles,andpractices of passengerrailroadsystemsdesign, construction, operations, maintenance, safety, accident prevention,andemergency response.

Applicable local, state,and federallaws, rules,andregulations governing the design,engineering, andconstruction of passengerrailroadcapital improvementandmaintenance projects.

Project delivery, engineering, and maintenance roles, responsibilities, and requirements.

Railroad systems including track, structures, communications, signals, electric traction and track usage procedures.

Principlesandpractices of capitaland operating budgets preparation andadministration. Principlesandpractices of contract negotiationandadministration.

Principles of supervision, trainingandperformance evaluation. Principlesandpractices of public administration.

Social, political, and environmental issues influencing capital programs. Labor unions agreements.

The Amtrak organization,FederalRailroadAdministrationandNEC stakeholders, includingstateandlocal governments, commuterrailroads andfreights.

RoadwayWorkersProtection(RWP),NORAC/GeneralCodeOperating Rules MW1000,AMT2, AMT23, AMT27,HazardCommunication(RighttoKnow)andPersonal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Skills and Abilities to:

Motivateandsupportpeopleacross the organizationtoworkcollectively as a cohesivewholetoproduce superior results

Conductmeetingsandinterviews, interpersonal communications, time management, conflict resolution,andtoconduct 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.

Presentanddiscussprograms andprojects status with senior management,3rdpartiesandthe Board of Directors.

Effectivelyoversee all capital improvementandcapital maintenanceprogrammanagement andadministrative functions.

Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives. Identify, organize and lead cross functional multidisciplinary project teams.

Networkwith internalandexternal stakeholders,andleverage relationshipstoresolve complex project issues.

Plan, developandimplement objectives, policies, procedures,andworkstandardstoorganizeandcontrol the designandconstruction of a capital project.

Understand,interpret,and applyapplicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts,and labor/managementagreements.

Facilitateand encourageobjective analyses of alternative points of viewandtoarticulate the strengthsandweaknesses of various business options inordertoreach an informed decision.

Establishandmaintain cooperativeandeffectiveworking relationships with superiors, peers,andsubordinates across the organization.

RepresentAmtrakbeforeelected officialsandthe public as requested. Identify talentedmanagers andadvocating for their future development.Exercisejudgment andcreativity in making decisions.

Prepare reports and correspondence

Use Microsoft Project, Visio and Office, including intermediate level capabilities in the use of Excel, Power Point, and Word.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:63066
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering
Relocation Offered:No
Travel Requirements:Up to 25%

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

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: 2021-07-22 Expires: 2021-08-21

Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak is the operator of choice for state-supported corridor services in 17 states and for four commuter rail agencies.

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