Sr Principal Sys Eng Cloud - 90278141 - Washington

Date: Jan 15, 2023

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, US, 20002

Company: Amtrak

Your success is a train ride away!

As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


Are you ready to join our team?

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


Amtrak is well ahead on Cloud Maturity journey started in 2013. It runs significant number of Cloud Native mission critical applications with highest degree availability across three AWS Regions. 

Senior principal Systems Engineer, Cloud is essentially a Hands-on Subject Matter Expert in AWS cloud platform who brings vision and execution to talented team of Cloud Engineers 

Manage overall cloud infrastructure components including VPCs, Subnets, AZs, IGWs, VGWs, Routing Tables, Direct Connect, VIFs. Manage IAM Users, Roles, Policies for individual users and for projects. Monitor the AWS infrastructure to ensure Cloud Health is optimum. Responsible for overall day to day Cloud platform operations with Service Requests, Incidents, Problem Requests, Change Requests and ensure they are addressed timely manner.


Collaborate with Information Security, Enterprise Architecture, and Application Development teams to design, build, and operate multi-cloud services in AWS, and Microsoft Azure environments and delivery highly resilient, scalable, agile, and innovative solutions for business customers.



  • Assist in design and deploy application services to cloud based platforms including:
    • cloud adoption and migration plans
    • cloud application design
    • cloud security and network integration
    • cloud management and performance monitoring
  • Develop and implement High-Availability/Resiliency strategies for Amtrak’s mission critical, cloud-based computing environments
  • Deep understanding of cloud technologies and implementation experience.
  • Keep up-to-date on cutting edge technology, standards, protocols and tools in areas relevant to the rapidly changing cloud environment at Amtrak
  • Assist architects, developers in adoption of automation, Dev/Ops tool chains, and release management for Amtrak’s cloud eco-system.
  • Experience in implementing Infrastructure As A Code using Terraform or Cloud Formation Templates highly preferred.




  • Expert level knowledge of AWS Cloud Management include EC2, S3, VPC, Subnets, ELB, Elastic Beanstalk, Lambda, Kinesis, IAM Roles/Policies, SNS, SQS, RDS, EFS, EBS Storage, Elastic Cache, DynamoDB, Redshift, CloudWatch, CloudTrail, Data pipeline, Multi-AZ design for HA etc.
  • 10 + years of experience in diverse Information technology platforms
  • 7+ years implementing cloud-based technology solutions and driving cloud services transformation initiatives
  • 5+ years’ experience in development, integration and operations services in a  24x7 environment
  • Demonstrated experience implementing Cloud/PaaS service projects and prior experience working with leading Cloud services companies (e.g., AWS, Azure)
  • The successful candidate will have proven experience with:
  • Demonstrated passion for “in the moment” troubleshooting and incident response of AWS or Azure cloud based eco-systems.
  • Implement cloud native applications on AWS or Azure cloud.
  • Ability to respond to high-severity issues on a 24x7 basis, if needed
  • Ability to translate and communicate complex technical issues into language that collaborating teams can comprehend.
  • Excellent team collaboration skills




  • AWS Cloud architecture certification
  • Working experience of ServiceNow 
  • Hands-on experience in supporting Hybrid Cloud eco-systems. Response to technical issues surrounding cloud networks and infrastructure in very short window of time to minimize the downtime of mission critical systems.




  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


NOTE: This position is a tiered position. Incumbents will have a position level assigned based on their skills and experience, and in alignment with position development plans. Position placement is at Amtrak’s sole and absolute discretion.



The salary  range is $124,040- $168,800 for the Principal Sys Eng Cloud, the salary range is $147,580- $191,260 for Sr Principal Sys Eng Cloud   Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, 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:116978
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; N/A; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

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.

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