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Service Planning Analyst - 90220611 - Washington

Date: Sep 23, 2017

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

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SUMMARY OF DUTIES
This position is responsible for the assessment of route and service change proposals as well as the preparation, analysis and reporting of data and documents required for business line plans, state partner estimates, and Staff Summaries. This position also requires the understanding of all Amtrak data bases, reports and other sources of information that can be used to analyze the financial viability of various route and service changes, new routes and services, supporting activities, and potential outsourcing.   This position requires the utilization of all data sources available for the analysis of each proposed service change, as supporting documentation to a Staff Summary, or any other report as required.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Revenue and Cost Reporting Systems – Understands and employs all Amtrak cost and revenue databases at a detailed, implementation specific level.  Accesses the data from all Amtrak cost and revenue data bases for use in department models and analysis.  
  • Route and Service Change Analysis – Develops and delivers recommendations and supporting analyses for all service change requests.  Uses the cost, capital and revenue models to estimate the operating cost, capital and revenue impacts.  Evaluates criteria and analyses data regarding operating and overhead costs, as well as revenues that would be impacted by the proposed service change.  Designs and conducts the appropriate analysis so that the conditions outlined in the proposed service changes are accurately reflected in the cost, capital and revenue analysis.  Ensures that analyses of services that cross business line boundaries are properly structured to correctly depict financial and operating effects.    Provides written and verbal presentation of  recommendations and reports in a consistent format.  
  • State Supported Service Estimates – Develops cost estimates for state partners funding state supported train services.
  • Revenue and Cost Reporting Systems – Understands and employs all Amtrak cost and revenue databases at a detailed, implementation specific level.  Accesses the data from all Amtrak cost and revenue data bases for use in department models and analysis.  
  • Route and Service Change Analysis – Develops and delivers recommendations and supporting analyses for all service change requests.  Uses the cost, capital and revenue models to estimate the operating cost, capital and revenue impacts.  Evaluates criteria and analyses data regarding operating and overhead costs, as well as revenues that would be impacted by the proposed service change.  Designs and conducts the appropriate analysis so that the conditions outlined in the proposed service changes are accurately reflected in the cost, capital and revenue analysis.  Ensures that analyses of services that cross business line boundaries are properly structured to correctly depict financial and operating effects.    Provides written and verbal presentation of  recommendations and reports in a consistent format.  
  • State Supported Service Estimates – Develops cost estimates for state partners funding state supported train services.
  • Shared functions and expenses – Performs analyses of functions and activities that result in significant costs that are allocated to routes and services.  The focus of these analyses is to suggest areas and strategies for cost reduction that would benefit all services, but not any analysis that would merely suggest reallocation among services.  Supports the work of process improvement and outsourcing teams created to effect cost savings in the designated areas.
  • Scheduled & Ad hoc Reporting and Analysis – Develops and delivers required analysis and written and verbal reports as needed.  Understands and accesses all available data and information sources (including data bases, reports, decision support systems and other departments) needed for assigned analytical tasks. Provides analytical support for all decisions regarding strategic planning and asset utilization and productivity.
  • Project Participation – Works collaboratively with department personnel and others on assigned projects.  Role may be as participant or project manager.  Follows proper project management requirements, including distribution of agendas, development of meeting minutes, and the tracking of progress using project management tools.  
  • Position works closely with management within planning and analysis and across Amtrak.  Work product must be delivered at Finance Department quality standards.  Recommendations must be based on a consistent, rigorous analytic approach and shaped in the context of broader business, market and policy considerations.


WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelors degree in Planning, Transportation, Economics, Business, Accounting, Finance, Public Administration or related field or an equivalent combination of education, training and work experience.
  • Demonstrated business and analysis experience, including at least two years in decision support or related role.
  • Demonstrated excellence in technical writing and verbal communications.
  • Proven analytical ability and quantitative skills, including fluency in PC based applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and financial planning/reporting systems.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision, and successfully deliver multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
  • Prior satisfactory job performance required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated skills using PC-based spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel, Access); Microsoft Word, PowerPoint 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a cross-functional teamwork environment.  Provide excellent customer service.


PREFERRED WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience with Amtrak databases and information systems, e.g., APT, SAM_Finance, SAP, Business Objects and ARROW.
  • Proven skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 
  • Demonstrated familiarity with railway operations/infrastructure, especially Amtrak's existing corridors; and with US transportation policies, legislation, and funding mechanisms relating to Amtrak.


PREFERRED EDUCATION:

  • Masters degree in Planning, Transportation, Economics, Business, Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, or related field or other related advanced degree.


COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills

 

 

Requisition ID:32026
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Personnel Area:DC05
Job Family/Function:Finance 
Relocation Offered:No 
Education Requirements:Bachelors Degree
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 
Employment Experience Requirements:5 - 7 years of experience

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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. 

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