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Lead Project Controls Specialist - 90265359 - Philadelphia

Date: Jan 14, 2020

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s 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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The Lead Project Controls Specialist is responsible for developing, using and improving existing enterprise tools, systems and work processes to assist Project Management Practitioners in effective management control and reporting on cost, schedule and progress measurement for a moderate complexity project. Individuals in this role may develop project dashboards, schedules, cost performance reports and risk registers in close collaboration with assigned Project Manager and other team members. Lead Project Controls Specialists work under moderate supervision of a senior level Controls Practitioner or PMO Director, and may matrix into a project or program team.



  • Work with the Project Manager and team to develop project baseline budget and risk register using standard templates and tools within prescribed parameters of the assigned project
  • Applies standard construction estimating concepts, practices and procedures as well as particular railroad disciplines (electric traction, signals, structures, track or applicable general construction) for estimate development
  • Collect project performance data such as installed quantities, expended labor and other progress measurement data using Maximo
  • Track potential changes, ensuring estimates of cost and schedule changes are given visibility with the client and project management.
  • Integrate cost and schedule data as well as information for vendors and external entities to facilitate schedule and budget performance reporting.
  • Develop reporting mechanisms, dashboards and presentations about project performance indicators and feed this data to ensure a cohesive picture of project's contribution to the program and/or portfolio.
  • Assist Project Manager with maintenance and baseline reviews of project budgets in accordance with approved project parameters.
  • Assist Project or Program Manager in evaluation and assessment of identified project risks to enable project team with applicable data for development of risk mitigation plans and contingencies.
  • Supports the intake process of projects through the governance process by developing and maintaining automated project evaluation tools and workflows.
  • Partners closely with business partners to assess new and ongoing projects to determine readiness for governance stage gates.
  • Monitors actuals and works with other peers to review forecasting against budgets.
  • Supports the governance and project status review meetings.
  • Manages Controls data via EPPM, SharePoint or any other approved EPMO systems and tools
  • Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management methodology and Engineering PMO procedures


  • Working knowledge of project controls, financial skills (budget management, financial reporting).
  • Experience with Project Controls management relating to cost, scheduling and estimating at a project level.
  • Experience in creating rough order-of-magnitude estimates for conceptual construction projects.
  • Experience creating detailed and resource loaded estimates for general construction projects. This would include resources such as labor, material, and equipment.
  • A working knowledge of the divisions of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).
  • Experience using Professional Estimating Software, SharePoint, Microsoft Application Suite including but not limited to Excel, Access, Power BI.
  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience 
  • Bachelor’s Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.



  • Knowledge of contracts and contract administration including its assessment and implementation at each phase of the project.
  • 8 years of relevant work experience.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • PMP-SP or RMP
  • AACE-CCP\CEP\EVP certification
  • Work experience with Project Controls software and tools used by the Amtrak Engineering PMO such as Primavera P6, Hard Dollar, WebWEE, Deltek Acumen, Maximo, and XER Toolkit.
  • Experience creating detailed estimates for railroad construction projects pertaining to but not limited to work associated with track laying machine, electric traction, interlocking replacement/renewal, communications and signal and high-speed rail environment.
  • Transportation industry experience.


  • Demonstrated project controls, schedule skills (schedule management, schedule reporting) & financial skills (budget management, financial reporting).
  • Strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service.
  • Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives.
  • Ability to organize and present project portfolio reports, proposals, and other related portfolio information.
  • PMP in good standing, or ability to get PMP certification within a specified timeframe.
  • Must have work authorization in the United States.


  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:42363
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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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. 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

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