Principal Host Railroad Development - 90298465 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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This position is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to negotiate and ensure uniform application and interpretation of federal statute and host railroad operating agreements, with particular emphasis on improving Amtrak’s performance on host railroads. This position makes operational, policy, and negotiating recommendations based on analysis of Amtrak delay, on-time performance (OTP), revenue, cost and other data. This position is well versed in the terms and provisions of Amtrak’s host railroad agreements, the Rail Passenger Service Act, arbitration and litigation processes and decisions, and Surface Transportation Board (STB) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) policies and practices. This position collaborates with multiple Amtrak departments and external stakeholders including Business Lines, Operations, Scheduling & Consist Planning, Law, Government Affairs, Real Estate, Planning, Finance, and State Partners



  •     Perform analysis to monitor, analyze, and address Amtrak train operations on host railroads, including delays, customer OTP, and overall performance to achieve the highest level of host railroad service at the lowest cost to Amtrak.
  •     Assist in implementation of collaborative initiatives with cross-functional Amtrak and host railroad teams to identify and eliminate causes of delay to Amtrak trains operating on host railroads and improve performance.
  •     Engage in development and execution of system-wide delay reporting procedures, including dissemination of data to host railroads and regulatory agencies.
  •     Utilize knowledge of the freight rail industry and industry trends, Amtrak operations, legal framework and contractual agreements governing Amtrak’s host railroad relationships to improve operation of Amtrak trains on host railroads. Compose related strategy recommendations to senior and executive management.
  •     Interface with STB, FRA, public agencies, and other external stakeholders with respect to host railroad performance issues. Assist in implementation of strategies to engage these stakeholders in advancing Amtrak objectives.
  •     Formulate responses to host railroad requests for changes to train performance and delay data.
  •     Prepare evidence of Amtrak train performance on host railroads in support of Amtrak’s position in STB investigations, contract arbitration, and litigation and other hearings strategies and objectives in collaboration with General Counsel.
  •     Negotiate service outcome agreements for FRA grants and in negotiating Amtrak operating agreements with host railroads.
  •     Assist in development of new financial incentive systems for incorporation into host railroad operating agreements.
  •     Gather and estimate costs and impacts of projects on host railroads.
  •     Resolve disputes equitably while maintaining good relationships with all host railroads and within Amtrak.
  •     Apply uniform interpretation and application of operating agreement provisions.
  •     Review host performance metrics and goals and disseminate host performance information.
  •     Support Amtrak’s host railroad financial management process.
  •     Perform other related duties as assigned



  •     Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree, or equivalent combination of work experience, training, and education.
  •     7 years of relevant work experience. 
  •     Expertise with PC and mainframe computer software and applications, including Microsoft Office Suite applications (i.e., Excel, Word, and PowerPoint). 
  •     Strong analytical capabilities bolstered by a thorough understanding of rail operations and economics.
  •     Ability to think strategically, and a proven ability to develop, plan and successfully execute negotiations to achieve objectives while preserving both internal and external relationships. 
  •     Strong advocacy skills, including the ability to articulate complex transportation issues and build consensus.
  •     Proficient in reading and interpreting contracts to apply their provisions uniformly in a variety of circumstances and resolve disputes. 
  •     Capable of using persuasion and leverage to achieve Amtrak objectives in conjunction with host railroads over which this position has no direct authority, within time and budget constraints. 
  •     Possess strong business sense. 
  •     Responsive to requests of others to ensure a Host Railroad Group reputation for high-quality service to internal and external Amtrak customers. 
  •     Ability to manage multiple priorities within tight deadlines. 
  •     Ability to work effectively and supportively in a team environment



  •     Master’s degree 
  •     9 years of relevant work experience
  •     Experience working with or for host railroads.
  •     Familiarity or experience with host railroad operations and economics. 
  •     Skilled in use of PC and mainframe computer software and applications.
  •     Experience negotiating, implementing, and interpreting contracts

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:68343
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Research & Strategy 
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.

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