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Principal Technologist - 90231136 - Washington

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

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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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Position Summary:
The Principal Technologist is an expert/lead technical role.  Works on one or more projects of moderate to high complexity as the technology subject matter expert and/or technical consultant. When involved with a project team, acts in a consultative manner and typically does not provide administrative or management type support. Works on the tasks and projects, or supports issues that involve a moderate to high degree of risk or may impact enterprise-wide performance and makes use of the individual's high level of knowledge within one or more areas of specialty.

 

Essential functions:

  • Researches and analyzes advanced technology trends within area of expertise
  • Identifies emerging trends and initiates research projects for team members
  • Coordinates the assessment of emerging technologies
  • Evaluates and may recommend new products or tools for the organization
  • Contributes to a cost-benefit and risk analysis and presents options to Management team
  • Partners with leadership to help define and communicate long-term technology strategy and planning for the enterprise
  • Assists and/or may lead in the development and analysis of source selection strategies
  • Works with service providers to ensure that their in-scope technical solutions are consistent with the enterprise business strategy and architecture
  • Serves as a consultant, trusted advisor and, as necessary, escalation point (Tier 3) for issues
  • Provides project managers with technical consultation and advice, enabling quick response to inquiries related to the program/project
  • Provides technical analyses to help define, assess and monitor the technical aspects of the program/project or services
  • Designs innovative solutions using new technologies
  • Recommends short-term alternatives when appropriate
  • Proposes designs at key milestone events
  • Troubleshoots existing information systems or networks to identify errors or deficiencies
  • Brainstorms possible solutions and evaluates alternatives against decision criteria
  • Leads and coordinates the resolution of support issues escalated by senior operations, development personnel or service provider personnel
  • Guides vendors during the problem resolution process as needed.
  • Provides technical expertise across business functions
  • Identifies opportunities to improve business processes via new technologies

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or computer science, or equivalent work experience
  • 5 to 7 years of relevant technical experience preferably in a management or a Subject Matter Expert capacity
  • Relevant technical certifications
  • ITIL, or equivalent Certification

 

Minimum KSA's:

  • Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, work well with others in an integrated team environment, and must be self-motivated
  • Must possess working experience utilizing the ITIL Framework for Incident, Change, Problem and Release Management

 

Preffered:

  • Master's degree in engineering or computer science, or equivalent

 

Requisition ID:37908
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Personnel Area:DC04
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Education Requirements:Bachelors Degree
Travel Requirements:None 
Employment Experience Requirements:5 - 7 years of experience

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.

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