Sr/Project Controls Mgr - 90355717 - Hamden

Date: May 25, 2023

Location: Hamden, Connecticut, US, 06517

Company: Amtrak

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The Project Controls Manager is responsible for developing, using and improving existing enterprise tools, systems and work processes to drive effective management control and reporting on cost, schedule and progress measurement for a high complexity project or a moderate complexity program. Individuals in this role may act as a Master Scheduler / Estimator and/or Master Risk Manager and develop project dashboards, cost and resource performance reports, change logs and risk registers in close collaboration with Executive Sponsors and Senior PMO Leaders at the portfolio or mega program level. Project Controls Managers work under minimal supervision of a senior Project leader, and lead a project or program level controls team consisting of direct and matrixed subordinate controls practitioners. The position may lead and supervise staff performing schedule and cost control activities for a mega / major / capital construction project or portfolio.


Project Risk: Complex Program or Portfolio



  • Work with Project/Program team and leadership to build risk management strategy. 
  • Performs project controls tasks in close coordination with project management team(s) and ensures assigned scheduling and/or cost control staff do the same.
  • Lead the Project/Program team through risk, issue, and opportunity management. 
  • Maintain master Project/Program risk register.
  • Track potential changes, ensuring estimates of cost and schedule changes are given visibility with the executive sponsor. 
  • Integrate cost and schedule data as well as information for vendors and external entities to facilitate risk, schedule and budget performance reporting. 
  • Performs review and analysis of consultant / contractor or third-party baseline and schedule updates, including constructability, risk analysis, critical path analysis, qualitative or quantitative schedule quality assessments, and/or delay and Time Impact Analysis as required.   Extends the analysis to the integrated project/program/portfolio schedule as applicable.
  • Provides subject matter expertise to senior management on construction and/or engineering schedule management, earned value management, tools and techniques, and best industry practices.  Provides advice and analyses on project delay claims or disputes.     
  • Understanding of project financial reporting, forecasting, and analysis and monitoring major capital project / program / portfolio funding and/or budget.
  • Develop reporting mechanisms, dashboards and presentations about project performance indicators and feed this data to ensure a cohesive picture of the Project/program and/or portfolio.
  • Drives evaluation and impact assessment of identified project risks to enable project team with applicable data for development of risk mitigation plans and contingencies. 
  • Develops and maintains Project/Program risk control tools and workflows. 
  • Partners closely with business partners to assess new and ongoing projects to determine readiness for governance stage gates. 
  • Supports Executive status review meetings, Governance and Change Control Boards. 
  • Manages Controls data via EPPM, SharePoint or any other approved EPMO systems and tools.
  • Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management methodology. · Perform change management duties as needed.
  • Decision rights:
  • Responsible for all activities detailed above, while consulting with relevant project controllers (e.g., cost, schedule) and receiving approval from Project Director on any areas impacting project work. 
  • Trains and mentors junior team members with schedule / risk management and project controls responsibilities on schedule / estimating / risk management policies, procedures, tools, techniques, and best practices.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction or Project Management, Business Administration, Transportation, or a related field.
  • Must have a minimum of seven (7) years of related experience which are on highly complex or large (>$500 million) projects.  
  • Five (5) years of relevant supervisory-level experience in large complex capital construction project scheduling, risk or cost control.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Strong project management skills 
  • 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 
  • Super-user of SharePoint, MSPS, Power BI/Access and Primavera/oracle PPM tools 
  • Mastery of project controls tools and work processes.
  • PMP Certification in good standing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Desire to team build and mentor junior level project staff and matrixed team members




  • Graduate Degree Capital construction controls experience in the rail or heavy civil industry 
  • Experience implementing project control and risk software and tools
  • Knowledge of contracts and contract administration including its assessment and implementation at each phase of the project.  
  • PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, CCP, PMP or PSP certification 



  • Combination of office building and jobsite environment.
  • Work in cubicle setting; stand, sit, bend, twist, use file drawers.
  • Sit at computer to complete assignments, projects, and majority of tasks.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Travel requirements: expectation is that this position will be on-site of active construction project (when in construction) 2-4 days per week.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $110,500 - $143,200 for the Project 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:157966
Posting Location(s):Connecticut; 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.


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