Principal Project Mgr/Commercial Manager - 90359704 - New York

Date: May 25, 2023

Location: New York, New York, US, 10001

Company: Amtrak

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As a Commercial Manager, your play a pivotal role in the success of the Highline Renewal SOGR: Dock Bridge by overseeing and managing the commercial aspects of project. You will work closely with project managers, finance teams, and stakeholders to ensure the success of project. you will collaborate with a diverse team to ensure the smooth running of this vitally important project. With your extensive experience in managing complex heavy civil and/or rail projects, you will be able to demonstrate your expertise and make a significant impact. Your responsibilities will include financial analysis, contract management, risk assessment, and cost control. 


The Dock Bridge is located on the NEC and spans the tidally influenced and navigable Lower Passaic River connecting Newark and Harrison. Dock Bridge was originally constructed by the Pennsylvania Railroad between 1929 and 1935. The Project will improve rail service, bring the bridge to a state of good repair, improve worker safety, enhance visual aesthetics, and address negative environmental impacts through structural steel painting and repairs, installation of straight rail to replace moveable miter rails, concrete pier repair and fender replacement, and the installation of a targeted cathodic protection system designed to slow or stop concrete support corrosion. This work will prolong the life of the bridge and eliminate the need to perform more costly rehabilitation work in the future, improve travel times for intercity rail passengers, enhance worker safety and restore the aesthetics of a marquee infrastructure asset to bestow a sense of dignity and pride to two communities that have faced decades of disinvestment. This project is an important part of the Gateway program.



  • Oversees commercial interactions with all contractors, subcontractors, and consultants, working closely with the Project Director, including payments, back-charges, liquidated damages and review and interpretation of contract clauses. 
  • Manages the day-to-day and long-term commercial matters for the Project, often with staff coming from multiple partners, contractors, subcontractors and subconsultants. 
  • Contract Management: Collaborate with the legal and procurement teams to negotiate and manage contracts with clients, suppliers, and subcontractors. Ensure that contract terms and conditions are favorable and aligned with the project's objectives. Monitor contract performance, handle variations, and resolve any contractual disputes. 
  • Financial Analysis: Conduct financial analysis and forecasting for the project, including budgeting, cost estimation, and revenue projections. Identify potential risks and opportunities to ensure financial objectives are met. Provide recommendations for optimizing project cost management.  
  • Oversees project change and claim reporting and provides reporting to Project Director, Senior leadership, and funding partners. 
  • Oversees change and claim preparation, management, and resolution for the project, working closely with the project team, functional leads, and corporate legal representatives. 
  • Cost Control: Develop and implement strategies to monitor and control project costs. Regularly review project expenditures, track budget allocation, and identify areas where cost savings can be achieved without compromising quality or deadlines. Provide guidance to project managers and project team on cost management techniques. 
  • Risk Assessment: Identify and assess potential risks associated with projects, such as market fluctuations, regulatory changes, or resource constraints. Work with project teams to develop risk mitigation strategies and contingency plans. Monitor and manage risks throughout the project lifecycle. 
  • Commercial Strategy: Collaborate with project team and senior management to develop commercial strategies for projects. This includes contract negotiation tactics.  
  • Stakeholder Management: Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including clients, suppliers, and internal teams. Act as a point of contact for commercial-related inquiries, ensuring timely and effective communication. Address concerns, resolve issues, and foster positive working relationships. 
  • Reporting and Analysis: Prepare regular reports and presentations on project financial performance, commercial metrics, and key indicators for senior management. Analyze data to identify trends, insights, and areas for improvement. Provide recommendations to optimize project outcomes. 
  • Team Collaboration: Collaborate closely with project managers, finance teams, and other departments to ensure alignment of commercial objectives with project goals. Provide guidance and support to project team regarding commercial aspects, contract compliance, and financial management. 
  • Experience working with multiple project disciplines such as Project Management, Engineering, Construction Management, Project Controls, Quality, Health-Safety & Environmental, Communications, etc. to meet deliverables.  
  • Adhere and support Amtrak’s Core and Leadership Capabilities 
  • Adhere and support Amtrak’s Health, Safety & Environmental policies. 



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field Civil, Structure, Construction or Project Management, Business Administration, Transportation, or a related field. This position requires expertise in delivering solutions which integrate the most up-to-date design codes and Amtrak standards. 
  • Must have a minimum of seven (7) years of related experience. 
  • Proven experience in bid-build, CMGC, design build and other alternative delivery projects required. 
  • Strong project and program management skills; Strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service 
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, or a related field. Additional certifications in project management or commercial management are a plus. 
  • Proven experience in a commercial management role within a project-based environment. 
  • Strong financial acumen and analytical skills. 
  • Excellent negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Solid understanding of contract management, legal principles, and project finance. 
  • Proficiency in using relevant software and tools for financial analysis and reporting. 
  • Familiarity with project management methodologies and practices. 
  • Ability to think strategically and make informed decisions. 
  • Strong leadership and team management abilities. 
  • Knowledge of relevant industry trends, regulations, and market dynamics. 


MINIMUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • Expert communication and interpersonal skills proven to engage and retain positive working relationships within project and build a strong relationship with project partners. 
  • Strong proven skill to identify, track and manage project risk, own project budget and monitor project financial performance.  
  • Aptitude for having difficult and challenging discussions in a passionate environment where opinions on commercial matters between parties do not align. 
  • Proven knowledge and ability to analyze and interpret financial documentation to identify and mitigate project risk. 
  • Strong ability to appropriately protect funds from unfounded claim and dispute resolution. 
  • Unparalleled knowledge of the project contract and steadfast in management of notices, change orders, disputes, and claims.  
  • Extensive communication/presentation skills and experience including distilling and communicating complex issues to senior level officers. 
  • Demonstrated experience in managing staff, contractors, and cross-functional teams in multiple locations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff and decision-makers at all levels while successfully challenging conventional practices and incorporating new approaches to business. 
  • Superior quantitative and analytical skills. 



  • Licensed Professional Engineer. 
  • Bridge engineering and bridge construction experience.  
  • Understanding of railroad business functions, operations, and design and construction processes. 
  • Previous railroad, heavy civil and bridge projects in the design and/or construction phases. 
  • Master’s degree in business or policy with an emphasis on quantitative, financial, or economic analysis. 
  • Ten or more years planning, and analysis experience the railroad and/or transportation industry  
  • Experience with Amtrak’s financial planning/reporting technology systems or the equivalent is a plus. 
  • Broad understanding of the construction industry and contract language associated engineering, procurement, construction management, rail and/or transportation 
  • Experience developing negotiating contract terms and conditions specifically for contracts related to services, construction, engineering, materials, equipment, and rail industry 
  • Experience in work change and claims evaluation and negotiation 
  • Experience in creating contract packages and interfacing with multiple disciplines in their creation 
  • Experience with working in government contracts, federal and state agencies such as Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Department of Transportation among others.  
  • Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM) 
  • Program Management Professional (PMP) 



  • 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) 2-3 days per week.



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $105,910-$137,260. 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:158691
Posting Location(s):New York
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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 start or local statue, 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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