Lead Project Controls Specialist Scheduler - 90370786 - Remote

Date: Mar 30, 2024

Location: US

Company: Amtrak

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The Lead Project Controls Specialist (Schedule Mgmt & Control) is responsible for developing, using, and improving existing enterprise tools, systems and work processes to assist the Implementation Planning & Resource Coordination Organization in effective management control and reporting on schedule and progress measurement for a high complexity Capital Delivery portfolio of projects. Individuals in this role may act a a lead or master scheduler, develop project dashboards, schedules, cost performance reports, resource loading reports and risk registers in close collaboration with major outage planning, resource demand planning and other groups. Lead Project Control Specialists work under moderate supervision of a Senior Project Controls Manager.


  • Ensures compliance with Amtrak project management standards and policies, third-party requirements, industry best practices, or project-specific requirements in the delivery of project control functions.
  • Works with Project or Portfolio management and Project Controls teams to develop integrated master schedule, master risk register, and spend forecast using Primavera P6.
  • Manages project or portfolio control data in EPPM (Masterworks) or other department-approved systems and tools such as Excel or Primavera P6
  • Applies construction scheduling concepts, practices, methodologies, and/or procedures as well as discipline-specific concepts to develop schedules for rail-specific work elements (e.g., electric traction, signals, structures, track) or general construction work elements.
  • Develops or applies reporting mechanisms, dashboards and presentations about project performance indicators and feed this data to ensure a cohesive picture of project’s contribution to the program and/or portfolio.
  • Develops or applies processes and tools to support resource demand planning, change management, and project pipeline planning decisions.
  • Supports project or portfolio management team in the evaluation and impact assessment of identified risks and development of risk mitigation plans and contingencies. Ensures identified risks are documented and considered in schedule risk analysis.
  • Monitors resources and works with other peers to review accurate resource planning and forecasting.
  • Supports the intake process of projects through developing and maintaining automated project evaluation tools and workflows.
  • Performs investigation, including but not limited to visits to the field, and interviews of delivery staff (e.g., engineers, superintendents, construction managers), to understand construction means and methods in order to develop schedules with proper logic ties, sequencing, resourcing, and work calendars.
  • Assists Capital Delivery Team with maintenance and baseline reviews of Master Control Schedule in accordance with approved program parameters.
  • Supports the development of the outage yearly plan by producing new and updated Primavera P6 schedules, ensuring schedule and resource data integrity and consistency, alignment with 5-year plan, and compliance with delivery requirements and deadlines.
  • Performs review and analysis of contractor or third-party baseline and schedule updates as required. Extends the analysis to the integrated portfolio schedule as applicable.
  • Prepares resource-analysis / status reports, and related presentations.  
  • Assures quality and timeliness of recurring and ad-hoc deliverables, including but not limited to schedules, forecasts, reports, analyses, and source data.
  • Develops processes and templates to support project or portfolio schedule control mechanisms in alignment with department objectives and enterprise standards.
  • Supports efforts to develop and implement initiatives for improvement of business processes and tools, in coordination with other offices or departments.
  • Assists in development, preparation, and maintenance of department policies and procedures on schedule control, schedule risk management, resource management, and earned value management, incorporating current best practices used in the construction and transportation industries.
  • Works collaboratively with other team members..
  • Trains and mentors junior team members with schedule management and project controls responsibilities on schedule management policies, procedures, tools, techniques, and best practices.
  • Performs other related duties.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Science, or a related field.  A combination of education and experience will be considered.  

  • Oracle Primavera P6 work experience.

  • Valid Driver’s License to carry out job-related functions.
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States.


  • Experience performing or leading project controls for mid ($50M+) to large ($500M+) capital construction projects, programs, and/or portfolios.
  • Eight (8) years’ experience in construction project scheduling and project controls, at least five (5) of which are on highly complex or large (>$500 million) projects. 
  • Five (5) years direct hands-on experience as a scheduler using Primavera scheduling software to develop and maintain multi-discipline scheduling for large complex construction or engineering projects.
  • Experience in preparation of linear schedules and TILOS software.
  • Prior experience with Deltek Acumen.
  • Capital construction controls experience in the rail industry, oil and gas, energy, or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Oracle Primavera P6 certification
  • SP or PMP (PMI)
  • PSP, CEP, EVP, or CCP (AACE)
  • Chartered MRICS
  • EVMP
  • FAC-P/PM Level III
  • CCA, or CDT (CSI)
  • Hands-on experience with data analysis and visualization tools like PowerBI
  • Understanding of database management and data operations (e.g., SQL)
  • Experience implementing project control software and tools


  • This position is fully remote, works from home.
  • May require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Travel up to 25%.



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $94,300 - $122,256. 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:160643
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Delaware; New York; Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Mechanical 
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.