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Deputy Strategic Procurement - 90180991 - Washington

Date: May 17, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

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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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This position is responsible for strategic planning, issuance, and management of Service, Construction/Capital Equipment, and Information Technology contracts across the Amtrak Enterprise. This position will also oversee the development and execution of long-term commodity strategies. This role will be required to deliver strategic value to Amtrak through the development and implementation of long-term commodity strategies that center on industry expertise, strong procurement fundamentals, and advantageous negotiation. 

This role will be required to not only develop and execute strategies that deliver overarching customer satisfaction and measurable financial results but also to establish educational and training efforts that support the development of team members that possess knowledge and skills required to strongly manage contracts upon issuance. 





  • Directs and oversees procurement management responsible for purchasing strategy, market analysis, pricing strategy, strategic sourcing, contract creation, contract administration, performance monitoring, and related project management.
  • Interacts and directs the functions of commodity teams. Participates in cross functional activities within the group and the enterprise.  Guides and implements process improvements, commodity expertise and provides for the best pricing, delivery, etc. in the best interests of Amtrak.
  • Provides management team with guidance, direction, motivation and training. Supports staff training to ensure cost effective acquisitions and good negotiating strategies.
  • Communicates and works closely with departmental peers and executives across functional areas to build procurement influence and set procurement policies and direction. 
  • Leverages best practices and makes decisions based on the best interests of Amtrak.
  • Proactively engages all of the relevant internal parties in cross-functional activities to achieve shared goals and metrics to achieve success.
  • Manages processes to collect, cleanse, and periodically analyze spend data for all supply chains. 
  • Effectively creates and uses written material, oral presentations and verbal interchange, and be at ease working with business leaders and executive staff.
  • Manages the Integrated Strategic Demand Process for procurement.




  • Bachelor degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may by considered
  • 7+ years of relevant experience required
  • in business or related field plus minimum of 13 years relevant experience or 17+ years equivalent
  • Experience in procurement & contract administration experience.
  • Business experience in the field of purchasing/supply chain
  • Ability to develop and implement high dollar complex “master” contracts while providing guidance and direction as a multifunctional team leader.
  • Ability to provide guidance to executive end users and staff in the development of strategic plans for the acquisition of goods and services for Amtrak’s operations. 
  • Ability to effectively promote the integration of corporate-wide and departmental strategies and operating objectives and be able to develop and implement comprehensive acquisition plans consistent with corporate programs & objectives.
  • Ability to establish appropriate methods and procedures to effect efficient and accurate control of procurement commitments and schedules including cost reduction programs to accomplish system-wide savings.
  • Extensive knowledge of supply chains, inventory management, ERP systems including SAP.
  • Extensive experience in purchasing/procurement, materials management, supply chain management, business or similar field. 




  • Bachelor degree in business or related field
  • 13+ years of procurement & contract administration experience or 17+ years equivalent business experience in the field of purchasing/supply chain
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written. 
  • Ability to provide subordinates with guidance, direction, motivation and training to ensure cost-effective acquisitions, good negotiating strategies, value-analysis techniques, in-depth market research of market trends, and new purchasing and negotiation techniques.
  • Ability to effectively manage in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities 
  • Has the ability to travel via a variety of modes and work irregular hours.
  • Prior satisfactory job performance
  • Embraces learning new tasks, both complex and simple, to maintain effectiveness in this position.
  • Requires travel via a variety of modes and work during irregular hours. 



  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM). 
  • Senior level commodity and market expertise and supplier management skills.
  • Extensive project management experience.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of improving business processes and delivering measurable results. 



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills



Requisition ID:40591
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Supply Chain & Logistics 
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: Supply Chain & Logistics || Procurement

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