Sr Principal Project Mgr - 90368882 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 20, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Under the direction of the Director of Portfolio Management, the Senior Project Manager Yards & Facilities is responsible for managing large complex capital projects (in excess of $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) 



  • Ability to lead a team that can execute the delivery of project from crate to grave. 
  • Develops and implements project plans, schedules and budgets consistent with operational needs and budget allowances and oversees bid negotiations and consultant relationships.
  • Manages and monitors project schedules, progress and costs; 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 evaluation of changes based on cost, schedule, risk and scope impacts as well as cross¬ functional dependencies. Ensure appropriate packaging of relevant information to support appropriate project change and governance decision processes.
  • Mentors and coaches junior level project management staff and matrixed team members and provides guidance on adherence to the Project Management practices.
  • Works with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities.
  • Provides financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives and government regulators. Identify and evaluate the risks associated with project activities and work across organization to establish and monito mitigation plans.
  • Establishes appropriate project governance structures and processes by engaging executive sponsor and key stakeholders.
  • Establishes collaborative partnership among stakeholders to enable scoping, financial and resource decisions. 
  • Develop and maintain required project management documents in accordance with Amtrak Project Management standards and applicable regulations.
  • Identifies 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.
  • Develops and administers of the budget for assigned projects; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate. 
  • Represents Amtrak at meetings and conferences with elected and public officials, the community, private citizens, and public and private organizations.
  • Analyzes 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 in public transportation.
  • Effectively contributes to a safe and secure work environment for employees and travel experience for customers. 
  • Demonstrates necessary leadership to support a zero incident and injury culture within Amtrak.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a closely related field
  • 9+ years of experience in project management with emphasis on large scale project or program execution.
  • In lieu of education a minimum of 12 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 $116,660 - $151,200. 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:160214
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.