Manager, Project Implementation Planning - 90340133 - Philadelphia

Date: Aug 13, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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The Manager, Project Implementation Planning is responsible for supporting long-range work planning across Amtrak’s portfolio of capital projects to optimize usage of planned track outages, ensure project readiness, and promote effective and efficient project delivery. This position will coordinate internally and externally to monitor project development and implementation activities and ensure alignment with the long-term master plan for NEC capital projects. The position will help establish and apply resource allocation guidelines as well as framework for project prioritization and schedule/resource conflict resolution. 




  • Coordinate and manage long-range and/or near-term work planning activities (e.g., outage, workforce, and equipment planning and resource allocation) for Amtrak’s portfolio of capital projects to optimize usage of planned track outages and promote adherence with master schedule of NEC capital projects.
  • Apply resource allocation guidelines, project prioritization framework, and conflict resolution framework in coordination with relevant internal departments and external stakeholders.
  • Support work of consultant team(s) developing implementation action plan for accomplishing Amtrak’s scope of work identified in the NEC Commission’s CONNECT NEC 2035 plan. 
  • Support organizational change management efforts necessary to accomplish the objectives of the department’s new Project Development & Planning Services organization. 
  • Promote collaborative working relationships with internal stakeholders (e.g., Service Delivery & Operations Dept., Strategy & Planning Dept., Finance Dept.) and external stakeholders (e.g., FRA, NEC state and commuter rail partners, NEC Commission staff).
  • Effectively contribute to a safe and secure work environment for employees and travel experience for customers; demonstrate necessary leadership to support a zero incident and injury culture within Amtrak. 




  • Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, Public Policy, Business, or a closely related field. Equivalent combination of training, education, and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 7+ years of relevant experience in project management, scheduling, capital construction, and/or transportation planning with an emphasis on management and oversight of complex, strategic initiatives and projects.
  • Principles and practices of project management; capital planning and reporting; work planning (for capital construction projects); and project delivery.
  • Microsoft Office suite, including Excel, Power Point, and Word; familiarity with Microsoft Project and Visio.
  • Utilize critical thinking and analytical skills to optimize usage of planned track outages, monitor risks impacting schedule adherence, adjust work plans and schedules, and support conflict resolution and prioritization decisions. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in verbal and written form, including ability to articulate complex issues, and effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Effectively manage time, set priorities, and achieve results in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Motivate and support people across the organization to work collaboratively to produce superior results; maintain a teamwork environment; work diplomatically across teams with varying objectives; solicit alternative points of view and objectively articulate the strengths and weaknesses of various options to reach an informed decision.
  • Identify problems and develop and implement solutions; facilitate effective conflict resolution; network with internal and external stakeholders and leverage relationships to resolve complex project issues; exercise judgment and creativity in making decisions.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts, and labor/management agreements.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, Public Policy, Business, or a closely related field.
  • 9+ years of experience in project management, scheduling, capital construction, and/or transportation planning with an emphasis on management and oversight of complex, strategic initiatives and projects.
  • Amtrak’s operations, mission, goals, and business lines.
  • Primavera, TILOS, or similar scheduling software
  • Theories, principles, and practices of passenger railroad systems design, construction, operations, and maintenance.
  • Railroad basic infrastructure and components, including track, structures, communications, signals, and electric traction systems.
  • Experience with and understanding of key stakeholders:
    • U.S. Department of Transportation / Federal Railroad Administration
    • NEC Commission organization and membership
    • Relevant Congressional Committees and their membership
    • State and local governments
    • Commuter railroads
    • Freight railroads



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:114341
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
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