Lead Project Controls Specialist (Cost) - 90377159 - Washington, DC/Baltimore (Hybrid)

Date: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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The Lead Project Controls Specialist is responsible for developing, using, and improving existing enterprise tools, systems, and work processes to assist the Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program Team in effective management control and reporting on cost, schedule, and progress measurement for a high complexity Capital Delivery portfolio of projects. Individuals in this role may develop project dashboards, schedules, cost performance reports, and risk registers in close collaboration with the program team and other groups within Capital Delivery. Lead Project Control Specialists work under moderate supervision of a Senior Project Controls Manager.



  • Works to collect data for monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad hoc reporting for stakeholders including Amtrak Executive and Senior Leadership and the NECC and FRA.
  • Supports and advises on all aspects of the Change Management process and utilization of tools for Change Requests, Change Control Board (CCB) and Reprogramming’s.
  • Supports program team on the Fiscal Year Annual Operating Process by advising on the process, assisting with utilizing data collection tools, and verifying the validity of data entered in these tools and applications.
  • Supports program management team in monitoring actuals against forecast and soliciting monthly accruals for compilation.
  • Manages project or portfolio control data in EPPM (Masterworks) or other department-approved systems and tools such as Excel or SharePoint.




  • A combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Experience with Capital Delivery Project Controls cost management procedures, guidelines, and processes.
  • Demonstrated experience with reporting requirements for monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc reports for Capital Delivery.
  • Ability to organize and present program reports and other related program information and prepare reports for various stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of project management through all phases of the project lifecycle.
  • Ability to analyze project performance metrics, performance analysis, dashboards, and progress reports.
  • Ability to review data and validate to ensure compliance with stakeholder requirements.
  • Strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service.
  • Experience working in a PMIS project management information system.
  • Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives.
  • Ability to multitask and work in an environment with changing priorities.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills across all levels.
  • Experience with various software including SharePoint, Power BI, EPPM, AIMS and SAP.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education, and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 6-9 years of relevant experience preferred.
  • Experience performing or leading project controls for mid ($50M+) to large ($500M+) capital construction projects, programs, and/or portfolios.
  • Advanced experience with estimating and/or scheduling applications.
  • Advanced experience with Change Management processes.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of contracts and contract administration.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • PMP certification or working toward certification.
  • Experience with Power Applications.
  • Experience with Ariba on Demand.
  • Capital construction controls experience in the rail industry.
  • Oracle Primavera P6 certification.
  • PSP, CEP, EVP, or CCP (AACE).


  • Hybrid work schedule, 2 days in the office and 3 days remote.
  • May require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, walking, or standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Travel up to 25%


  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary range is $94,300 - $122,256. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, 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:161564
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Research & Strategy 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

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.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 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, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


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.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.