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Project Controls Specialist (Scheduler) - 90238003 - Chicago

Date: Feb 3, 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 Project Controls Specialist - Scheduler is responsible for using and improving existing enterprise tools, systems and work processes to assist Project Management Practitioners in effective management control and reporting on schedule, cost, resources, and progress measurement for a low complexity project.  Individuals in this role may develop project schedules, project performance reports and risk registers in close collaboration with assigned Project Manager and other team members.  Project Controls Specialists work under close supervision of a senior level Controls Practitioner or PMO Director.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with Project Manager and team to develop (cost/resource loaded) project schedule baseline, risk register, project budget baselines, and monthly financial forecasts (cash flow) using standard templates and tools within prescribed parameters of assigned project.
  • Collect project performance data such as installed quantities, expended labor, earned value, and other progress measurement data.
  • Track potential changes, ensuring estimates of cost and schedule changes are given visibility with the client and project management.
  • Integration of cost and schedule data to facilitate schedule and budget performance reporting.
  • Assist Project Manager with review and maintenance of project schedule baselines 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.
  • Partners closely with business partners to assess new and ongoing projects to determine readiness for governance stage gates.
  • Monitors actuals and works with the project managers to update cost-loaded schedules to facilitate forecasting, and review of forecasting against project baseline 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.


  • Working knowledge project controls, schedule skills (schedule management, schedule reporting) & financial skills (budget management, financial reporting)
  • Experienced SharePoint and MSPS user
  • Ability to organize and analyze large volumes of financial, risk and schedule performance data
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, MS Project), MS SharePoint, SAP, BPC
  • Experience with Project Controls management relating to cost, scheduling and estimating at a project level.
  • PMP Certification in good standing
  • Bachelor’s Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • 3 years of relevant experience required



  • Knowledge of contracts and contract administration including its assessment and implementation at each phase of the project.
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • CAPM or PMP


Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:43567
Posting Location(s):Illinois
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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. 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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