Sr Principal Project Mgr - 90117037 - Mid-Atlantic

Date: Mar 3, 2023

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, US, 21205

Company: Amtrak

**This position can be headquartered out of Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC or Wilmington DE***


As we move America’s workforce toward the future, our goal is to connect businesses and communities across the country. The safety of our passengers, our more than 20,000 colleagues, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to your efforts 

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak.  By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


Under the direction of the Director Portfolio Management, the Principle Project Manager is responsible for managing a team of Project Managers who manage specific capital construction projects, where each fiscal year project cost typically falls between $1M and $50M. This individual would also be called upon to run a handful of projects as well as guiding and mentoring the Project Managers on the Mid-Atlantic Division. Individuals 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. Individuals in this role will also coordinate with the respective Construction Managers assigned to their projects as well as division or production personnel and Amtrak design personnel. The role requires regular analytical and metrics-based reporting to Senior staff, Executive Governance Committees, and external stakeholders.




  • Develops and implements project plans, schedules and budgets consistent with operational and stakeholders needs.
  • Manages and monitors project cost and schedules, report progress.  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.
  • Reviewing the projects of the Project Mangers under your leadership several times a month to identify situations where intervention is needed or assistance   is needed. 
  • Identify, document and leads the evaluation of changes based on cost, schedule, risk and scope impacts. Ensure appropriate packet of relevant information   to support appropriate project change and change control request decision processes.
  • Work with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities and long term planning activities. 
  • Provide financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives Identify and evaluate the risks associated with project activities and   work across organization to establish and monitor 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.
  • Develop and administer budget of assigned projects; Approval of forecasted funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; Approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
  • 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.




  • 10+ years of experience in project management with emphasis on large scale project implementation in the passenger railroad field or 10+ years of railroad    experience in a management role or a combination of the two. 
  • 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.




  • Professional Engineer’s (PE) License or Fully Licensed Architect
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • 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.



Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $116,660-$151,200. 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:157468
Posting Location(s):Maryland; Delaware; District of Columbia; Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
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.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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 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.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical