Principal Project Mgr - 90340783 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Under the direction of the Director Portfolio Management, the Principle Project Manager is responsible for managing specific capital construction projects, where each fiscal year project cost typically falls between $1M and $20M. Individuals in this role use advance knowledge of project management processes and controls to accomplish project objectives by planning and evaluating project activities with some indirect supervision from the Director, and may have either direct reports or matrixed subordinate team members. Individuals in this role will also coordinate with the respective Construction Managers assigned to their projects as well as division or production personnel and Amtrak design personnel. The role requires regular analytical and metrics-based reporting to Senior staff, Executive Governance Committees, and external stakeholders.


• Develops and implements project plans, schedules and budgets consistent with operational and stakeholders needs.
• Manages and monitors project cost and schedules, report progress.  Maintain, adjust and update project plans, as needed.  Consolidate, communicate and   manage all issues and risks affecting the project, and ensure the timely communication of project status to project participants and stakeholders.
• Ensures project progress by measuring the variance in scope, schedule, cost and quality from the respective baselines and takes necessary action to address   deviations.
• Identify, document and leads the evaluation of changes based on cost, schedule, risk and scope impacts. Ensure appropriate packet of relevant information   to support appropriate project change and change control request decision processes.
• Work with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities and long term planning activities. 
• Provide financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives Identify and evaluate the risks associated with project activities and   work across organization to establish and monitor mitigation plans.
• Establish appropriate project governance structures and processes by engaging executive sponsor and key stakeholders.
• Establish collaborative partnership among stakeholders to enable scoping, financial and resource decisions. Develop and maintain required project   management artifacts in accordance with Amtrak Project Management standards and applicable regulations.
• Identify efficiencies and present recommended improvement opportunities at various levels of management. Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management   methodology and standards.
• Builds and maintains external relationships to provide effective communication of capital program status and accomplished goals and objectives.
• Develop and administer budget of assigned projects; Approval of forecasted funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; Approve   expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
• Analyze challenges, problems, and process breakdowns to ensure that lessons learned are used to improve project management and project delivery practices.
• Maintains a teamwork environment within all peers as well as the engineering department’s internal customers. Attends and participates in professional   group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of project management.


• 7+ years of experience in project management with emphasis on large scale project implementation in the passenger railroad field or 7+ years of railroad   experience in a management role. 
• Extensive experience managing diverse, large, and geographically dispersed groups of individuals.
• Extensive experience showing strong interdepartmental leadership with the ability to identify problems and develop and implement solutions.
• Experience working with government agencies and organizations.


• Professional Engineer’s (PE) License or Fully Licensed Architect
• Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:115261
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; Delaware; Maryland
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