Director Capital Program Controls - 90291080 - Washington / Wilmington / Philadelphia

Date: May 3, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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This position has flexibility to be located in Washington DC, Wilmington DE, or Philadelphia PA.


The Director Capital Program Controls is a member of the Enterprise Capital Governance leadership team, responsible for leading the Major Projects Capital Controls team accountable for program financial controls supporting Amtrak’s largest Mega Complexity capital programs executing scope schedule and budget for company’s major strategic initiatives.  This position requires close alignment with the leaders within Major Projects organization as well as Enterprise Capital Portfolio Governance groups to ensure assigned portfolio of programs follows Amtrak project financial controls and processes. This position includes management of enterprise portfolio governance process, analysis of portfolio investments, and reporting to enable effective decision making and delivering business value for Amtrak. Individuals in this position have direct reports and significant decision-making authority within prescribed parameters of the assigned capital portfolio.


• Collaborates with internal stakeholders, regulators, and vendors to facilitate appropriate reporting and consolidation of relevant data sources to enable executive decision support framework 
• Partners closely with business partners to analyze new projects and readiness for governance decisions and provides transparency of portfolio investments. 
• Develops, implements, and maintains external and internal cost reports, cash flows and forecasts supporting Major Projects Portfolio
• Develops and monitors key Major Project portfolio metrics and performance against approved business case, committed scope, schedule, and budget inclusive of contractual obligations and payment milestones
• Reviews and approves financial and procurement transactions for assigned capital program portfolio; directs the team to establish appropriate financial controls to identify and control financial risks associated with the program
• Hires, coaches, and mentors a team of Senior Project Budget Controls Managers and analysts, and ensures team’s adherence to company policies and core values
• Provides written project cost variance analysis on program financial metrics and performance against the plan, and partner with the project management team to develop recovery plans
• Collaborates with the PMO leaders and execute sponsors to track and analyze all portfolio financial data, determine, and validate completion of scheduled project work, acquisition and/or maintenance of capital assets
• Participates in the Change Management process and cost and schedule impact assessments of requested changes
• Creates a collaborative partnership among executive leaders and portfolio stakeholders and enables resource demand planning, change management, and project pipeline planning decisions.
• Works closely with the Senior Managers and Master Schedulers to evaluate project schedules, ensure risks to scope, schedule and budget are mitigated


• Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or related area or equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
• 11 years of relevant experience required, such as experience in project controls and/or financials analysis
• Mastery of project, program, budgeting, estimating, forecasting, organizational and financial management and analysis skills
• Proficiency in SAP/ BPC or other similar financial reporting systems
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Extensive expertise in capex project analysis and budget development
• Ability to drive continuous improvement and efficiencies
• Ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality
• Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
• Must have work authorization in the United States


• MBA, Focus in Financial Management
• Experience with program management on large scale, multi-year complex construction projects
• 13+ years relevant experience preferred.
• Experience with program and project management software (Primavera P6, Microsoft Project Server
• Prior experience with Integrated Master Schedules, change management process, and financial process


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:56306
Posting Location(s):Delaware; District of Columbia; Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Finance 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
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.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing.   All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to 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.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 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, he/she will not 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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

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