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Principal Project Mgr - 90218718 - Washington

Date: Dec 4, 2018

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20018

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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
Under the direction of the Director Portfolio Management, the Principal Project Manager is responsible for managing specific mega complex capital construction projects, where total project cost may exceed $50M. Individual in this role use advance knowledge of project management processes and controls to accomplish project objectives by planning and evaluating project activities with some indirect supervision from the Director, and may have either direct reports or matrixed subordinate team members. The role requires regular analytical and metrics­based reporting to Senior staff, Executive Governance Committees, and external stakeholders.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • 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.
  • Identify, document and spear­head evaluation of changes based on cost, schedule, risk and scope impacts as well as cross­functional dependencies. Ensure appropriate packaging of relevant information to support appropriate project change and governance decision processes.
  • Mentor and coach junior level Project Management staff and matrixed team members, and provides guidance on adherence to the Project Management practices.
  • Work with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities.
  • Provide financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives and government regulators. Identify and evaluate the risks associated with project activities and work across organization to establish and monito mitigation plans.
  • Establish appropriate project governance structures and processes by engaging executive sponsor and key stakeholders.
  • Establish collaborative partnership among stakeholders to enable scoping, financial and resource decisions. Develop and maintain required project management artifacts in accordance with Amtrak Project Management standards and applicable regulations.
  • Identify 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.
  • Analyze 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 department’s 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.
  • Identify and recommend processes to be improved to drive continuous improve in deliverable quality.
  • 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.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • 9+ years of experience in project management with emphasis on large scale project implementation in the passenger railroad field.
  • In lieu of education a minimum of 13 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience is needed.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with government agencies and organizations.

 

PREFERRED WORK EXPERIENCE:
Professional Engineer’s (PE) License or Licensed Architect

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • PMP certification (Must be willing to obtain within 12 months of date of hire)
  • Successfully demonstrates expert knowledge and ability to effectively oversee scope, schedule and budgets of capital improvement and capital maintenance programs.
  • Extensive understanding of business operations and the impact departmental actions have on the corporation and operations.
  • Knowledge of:
  • Advance principles of project management, program development, implementation and administration for improvement and maintenance projects.
  • Theories, principles, and practices of passenger railroad systems design, construction, operations, maintenance, safety, accident prevention, and emergency response.
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing the design, engineering, and construction of passenger railroad capital improvement and maintenance projects.
  • Project delivery, engineering, and maintenance roles, responsibilities, and requirements.
  • Railroad systems including track, structures, communications, signals, electric traction and track usage procedures.
  • Principles and practices of capital and operating budgets preparation and administration. Principles and practices of contract negotiation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation. Principles and practices of public administration.
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing capital programs. Labor unions agreements.
  • The Amtrak organization, Federal Railroad Administration and NEC stakeholders, including state and local governments, commuter railroads and freights.
  • Roadway Workers Protection (RWP), NORAC/General Code Operating Rules; MW 1000, AMT2, AMT23, AMT27, Hazard Communication (Right to Know) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Skills and Abilities to:
  • Motivate and support people across the organization to work collectively as a cohesive whole to produce superior results
  • Conduct meetings and interviews, interpersonal communications, time management, conflict resolution, and to conduct 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.
  • Present and discuss programs and projects status with senior management, 3rd parties and the Board of Directors.
  • Effectively oversee all capital improvement and capital maintenance program management and administrative functions.
  • Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives. Lead cross functional multidisciplinary project teams.
  • Network with internal and external stakeholders, and leverage relationships to resolve complex project issues.
  • Plan, develop and implement objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards to organize and control the design and construction of a capital project.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts, and labor/management agreements.
  • Facilitate and encourage objective analyses of alternative points of view and to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of various business options in order to reach an informed decision.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with superiors, peers, and subordinates across the organization.
  • Represent Amtrak before elected officials and the public as requested. Identify talented managers and advocating for their future development. Exercise judgment and creativity 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.
     

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

Requisition ID:39205
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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.

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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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