Principal Project Mgr - 90368881 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 20, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Under the direction and mentorship of the Director of Portfolio Management, the Capital Construction Manager is responsible for managing large capital projects or supporting high complex capital projects (ranging from $20M-$250M), related to railyard and facility upgrades and modifications. Work Schedule: This position allows for a hybrid schedule with a minimum of 3 days/week at an Amtrak location (an office, a station, a train, a project location) 



  • Review and provide constructability review on design documents during development. Ability to identify and provide mitigation resolutions to critical issue and conflict. 
  • Development of manpower requirements and schedule breakdown of identified work orders.
  • Review contract design documents and assists with bid forms, pre-bid conferences, and proposal evaluations and recommendations, and negotiations with consultants and contractors.
  • Direct, manage, and coordinate construction projects and programs to ensure that critical issues are addressed and properly resolved.
  • Work with the CM to ensure that the 3rd party contractors executes the project in accordance with the agreed upon scope, costs, and schedule.
  • Oversee the work of CM consultant team which includes monitoring work for compliance with their schedule, budget, technical, safety, and legal requirements.
  • Provide weekly and monthly project status reports addressing actual and forecast costs and schedules, change of status, etc.
  • Resolve and document design and field construction problems.
  • Attend progress meetings and report on contract status.
  • Review contractors’ requests for change and, if appropriate, prepares contract change notices with appropriate justification.
  • Assess, estimate, and negotiate change orders
  • Coordinate capital, reimbursable, and agency projects and programs with other departments to ensure adequate resources are available, as well as obtaining track outages, labor clearances, and ensuring the labor forces are available as planned and scheduled.
  • Assist design projects with site walk-downs and track outages planning and guidance. Prepares and reviews construction estimates and schedules.
  • Prepare, develop, and implement the construction and maintenance, testing, startup, and operation procedures for projects and programs.
  • Recommend policy/procedure improvements.
  • Monitor claims and suggest ways to minimize.
  • Coordinate project work schedules around special events.
  • Communicate and implement safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the corporation's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees.
  • Maintains, supports, and promotes a safe work environment while complying with all of Amtrak’s safety rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Prepare force account estimates and tracks force account labor, material, and other resources.
  • Ensure force account labor and related charges and properly documented and provides to the Finance department for billing and project cost purposes.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a closely related field
  • 7+ years of experience in project management with emphasis on medium to large scale project implementation in the passenger railroad field 
  • In lieu of education a minimum of 9 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience is needed
  • Demonstrated construction experience in a railroad environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities under tight constraints. 
  • Must have the ability to coordinate efforts with other technical disciplines and have knowledge of scheduling, budgeting, and estimating.  



  • Professional Engineer’s (PE) License or Licensed Architect
  • Certified Construction Management (CCM) or Project Management Professional (PMP)



  • 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, 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:160213
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

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 state or local statute, 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.  

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 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.

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.