Lead Project Controls Specialist - 90265359 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: Groton, Pennsylvania, US, 06340

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 Project Management Practitioners in effective management control and reporting on cost, schedule and progress measurement for a moderate complexity project.  Individuals in this role may develop project dashboards, schedules, cost performance reports and risk registers in close collaboration with assigned Project Manager and other team members.   Lead Project Controls Specialists work under moderate supervision of a senior level Controls Practitioner or PMO Director, and may matrix into a project or program team.



• Work with Project Manager and team to develop project schedule, risk register and project budget baseline using standard templates and tools within prescribed parameters of assigned project
• Collect project performance data such as installed quantities, expended labor and other progress measurement data. 
• Track potential changes, ensuring estimates of cost and schedule changes are given visibility with the client and project management. 
• Integrate cost and schedule data as well as information for vendors and external entities to facilitate schedule and budget performance reporting. 
• Develop reporting mechanisms, dashboards and presentations about project performance indicators and feed this data to ensure a cohesive picture of project’s contribution to the program and/or portfolio.
• Assist Project Manager with maintenance and baseline reviews of project schedules in accordance with approved project parameters.
• Assist Project or Program Manager in evaluation and assessment of identified project risks to enable project team with applicable data for development of risk mitigation plans and contingencies.
• Supports the intake process of projects through the governance process by developing and maintaining automated project evaluation tools and workflows.
• Partners closely with business partners to assess new and ongoing projects to determine readiness for governance stage gates. 
• Monitors actuals and works with other peers to review forecasting against budgets.
• Supports the governance and project status review meetings.
• Manages Controls data via EPPM, SharePoint or any other approved EPMO systems and tools
• Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management methodology.



• Demonstrated project controls, schedule skills (schedule management, schedule reporting) & financial skills (budget management, financial reporting)
• Experienced SharePoint, MSPS, Power BI/Access and Primavera user
• Strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service
• Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives.
• Strong oral and written communication skills across all levels
• Ability to organize and present project portfolio reports, proposals, and other related portfolio information
• Experience with Project Controls management relating to cost, scheduling and estimating at a project level. 
• Minimum 6 years of relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s degree or any equivalent combination of education and work experience 
• PMP in good standing
• Must have work authorization in the United States.


• Knowledge of contracts and contract administration including its assessment and implementation at each phase of the project. 
• Six Sigma Green Belt
• Transportation industry experience



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:103035
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; Connecticut; Delaware; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Rhode Island
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
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.

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.

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