Sr Mgr Project Controls - Estimating - 90373384 - Philadelphia, NY, NJ, DC

Date: May 1, 2024

Location: New York, NY, US, 10001

Company: Amtrak

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The Sr Mgr Project Controls – Estimating under minimal supervision from the Director of Cost Estimating, the Sr. Manager of Cost Estimating implements, manages, and oversees cost estimating of large and mega, complex capital construction project(s) or a portfolio. Under general direction from the Director– Cost Estimating, supports attainment of strategic, policy, and/or project-specific goals and outcomes through delivery of Amtrak’s Cost Estimating Procedures, ensuring close alignment between project controls-estimating staff and project management team(s). Serves as subject matter advisor to Director of Cost Estimating on cost estimating and controls procedures, guidelines, and tools. Ensures the application of department procedures, and guidelines. Monitors and evaluates staff performance and provides feedback, coaching, and/or positive recognition for department personnel and decision-making that may have significant, long-term impact on the organization.  Performs additional duties as assigned.



  • Assures compliance with department cost estimating procedures and guidelines. 
  • Leads staff in facilitating lessons learned workshops and documentation for Project Controls knowledge-sharing. 
  • Ensures close coordination between assigned project risk management, scheduling and/or cost control staff and project management team(s).
  • Serves as the Sr. Manager for Cost Estimating for large and or mega project(s), program, or portfolio with responsible charge for analyzing, developing, maintaining, controlling, and/or reporting project design and construction cost estimates.
  • Assures quality and timeliness of recurring and ad-hoc team deliverables, including but not limited to cost estimates, reports, analyses, and source data. 
  • May supervise, directly or indirectly, project control cost estimator(s) responsible for preparing cost estimates. 
  • Directly or with support from staff, maintains reference cost estimating data and analyzes variance against actual cost to validate and improve accuracy of estimates. 
  • May supervise, directly or indirectly, project controls estimating staff responsible for project estimating functions on a large project / program or portfolio, including but not limited to analyzing, developing, maintaining, and/or reporting for cost estimates.
  • Assures quality and timeliness of required and ad-hoc team deliverables, including but not limited to project risk registers, contingency forecasts, reports, analyses, and source data.
  • Participates in the development of the Capital Delivery Annual Operating Plan, ensuring project risks are considered and quantified as part of that effort.
  • Serves as subject matter expert advisor on contingency development tools and techniques.  
  • Supports or leads efforts to develop and implement initiatives for improvement of business processes and tools, in coordination with other internal departments.
  • Manages consulting contracts and task orders related to project risk management.
  • May represent the Project Controls group to other departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Sets goals and targets for assigned staff in support of department and company strategic objectives.  Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
  • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; issues forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Performs other related duties.


  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Science, Business, or a related field.  Required education may be substituted for additional relevant experience in excess of the minimum requirements outlined below, on a two-for-one year basis.
  • A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  
    • Required specialized experience in area of assignment:
    • Nine (9) years’ experience in construction project cost management and project controls, at least five (5) of which are on highly complex or large (>$500 million) projects. 
    • Five (5) years direct hands-on experience as an estimator using modern software to develop and maintain multi-discipline estimates for large complex projects.
    • Three (3) years of relevant supervisory-level experience in large complex capital construction project scheduling or cost control.
  • Valid Driver’s License or ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related functions.
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of:
    • Principles and practices of project cost estimating through all phases of the project lifecycle
    • Business processes, techniques, and procedures related to cost estimating in large and/or complex capital construction projects
    • Construction / Engineering contracting methods and types
    • Principles and practices of construction services and materials procurement
    • Project cost estimating principles, practices, standards, and methods
    • Statistical analysis methods
    • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation
    • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
    • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation
    • Integration of estimating and scheduling processes, tools, systems, and data. 
  • Skilled in:
    • Common software tools used in project cost estimating (e.g., Hard Dollar (InEight), RS Means) in developing and maintaining cost estimates for large and/or complex construction projects and extracting data to generate analysis and status reports.
    • Use of internal financial system data to determine benchmarking to validate and improve estimates.
    • Past experience delivering staff prescribed training, both on the job and through presentation and delivery of group instructional sessions.
    • Advanced Excel user skills
    • Skill in communicating complex information clearly and concisely, both orally and writing across all levels.
    • Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives.
    • Strong focus on collaboration, team building and customer service.
    • Objective evaluation of available information or differing points of view and making sound and timely decisions consistent with department strategic goals.
    • Establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
    • Negotiation and conflict resolution.
    • Leading effective meetings.
    • Delegating authority and responsibility.
    • Leading, motivating, selecting, supervising, training, and evaluating staff.
    • Communicating complex information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Preparing and delivering effective presentations and/or training to diverse audiences.
    • Preparing professional letters, memos, and other documents using Excel, Word, Visio, and/or PowerPoint.
    • Experience with establishing standard practices and business processes pertaining to project controls function, including drafting or updating of technical specifications, procedures, or policies
    • Ability to research, analyze, evaluate performance gaps, and implement new business processes, tools, methods, and techniques to improve performance or output.


  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in Science, Engineering, Construction management, or a related field.
  • Responsible experience with accountability for leading and managing estimates for large/ complex capital construction projects, programs and or portfolios.
  • Capital construction experience in the rail industry.
  • One or more of the following certifications / credentials:
    • CCT, CCP, CEP (AACE)
    • RMP (PMI)
    • CCM
    • FAC-P/PM Level III
  • Hands on experience with data analysis
  • Experience with data analysis, preferably with Excel.
  • Experience with database management (SQL) 



  • Environmental Conditions:
  • Office environment; exposure to computer screens.
  • Physical Conditions:
  • May require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Up to 25% travel

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


The salary range is $135,800 - $176,040 for the Sr Proj Controls Mgr. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

Requisition ID:161114
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; District of Columbia; Maryland; New Jersey; New York
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 


Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

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In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

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