Sr. Director Contract and Commercial Management - 90361294

Date: Nov 18, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

Company: Amtrak

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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.


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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.


Responsible for the management and delivery of Contract and Commercial Management services for the Capital Delivery organization (CAPD). This includes architecture, engineering, construction, and consulting (e.g., project management, construction management, delivery partner) contracts. Understands, supports, and furthers business and strategy of CAPD and other internal stakeholder departments in relation to contract management and contract oversight. Oversees Contracting Officer's Technical Representatives (COTR) center of excellence for all COTRs supporting CAPD projects. 




  • Directs/oversees lead contract administrators responsible for contract management.
  • Provide persistent management and supervisory oversight to a diverse staff of contracts professionals, including both senior and junior level personnel
  • Ensure contract compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including FAR, across the CAPD portfolio.
  • Monitors and tracks contract adherence and performance to capture lessons learned and improve future contract and commercial language.
  • Supports resolution of complex contract and commercial inquiries regarding risks, issues, contract obligations and revisions needed on active CAPD projects. 
  • Conducts regular workforce analysis with CAPD project delivery and engineering teams to ensure appropriate COTR resources are in place to support CAPD projects.
  • Supports development of training for CAPD COTRs regarding change management, negotiations, preparation of independent cost estimates, and other contract management functions.
  • In conjunction with the Procurement & Supply Chain team and Law, develops, disseminates, and implements best practices for CAPD COTR center of excellence.
  • Provides guidance, direction, motivation and supports staff training to ensure timely, compliant, cost-effective contract management/administration.
  • Communicates and works closely with departmental peers and executives across functional areas to build contract administration influence and set appropriate policies and direction. 
  • Leverages best practices and makes decisions based on the best interests of Amtrak.
  • Proactively engages all of the relevant internal parties in cross-functional activities to achieve shared goals and metrics to achieve success.
  • Effectively creates and uses written material, oral presentations and verbal interchange, and be at ease working with business leaders and executive staff.
  • Regularly reports out progress and significant developments to senior management
  • Interfaces directly with end-users, suppliers, Amtrak senior leadership, attorneys and government agencies as needed.
  • Development and mentoring of contracts professionals is a critical aspect of this position.




  • Understanding of construction, engineering/architecture, and consultant contractual instruments including contract type and terms & conditions.
  • Ability to effectively promote the integration of corporate-wide and departmental strategies and operating objectives and be able to develop and implement comprehensive contract management plans consistent with corporate programs & objectives.
  • Ability to establish appropriate methods and procedures to effect efficient and accurate control of contract commitments and schedules including cost reduction programs to accomplish system-wide savings.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the field of construction procurement, contract administration, and contract management.



MINIMUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Experience negotiating and administering various contract types of varying sizes and types of agreements within the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
  • Able to build constructive and effective relationships and use them to maneuver through complex situations.
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written. 
  • Ability to provide subordinates with guidance, direction, motivation and training to ensure cost-effective acquisitions, good negotiating strategies, value-analysis techniques, in-depth market research of market trends, and new contract administration and negotiation techniques.
  • Ability to effectively manage in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities 
  • Embraces learning new tasks, both complex and simple, to maintain effectiveness in this position.




  • Knowledge of FAR and other government regulations
  • BS/BA in Business, Finance, or related field
  • MBA, or equivalent professional contract management certification
  • 10+ years of experience, or an MS Degree and 8+ years of experience in contracts administration.
  • 5+ Prior management experience and demonstrated ability to lead teams and develop talent.
  • 15 years relevant experience
  • Certified Purchasing Manager or Certified Professional in Supply Management
  • Extensive project management experience
  • Proven record of accomplishment of improving business processes and delivering measurable results



  • Works inside a climate-controlled environment.
  • Uses a personal to access standard office automation software and Amtrak-specific applications to perform a variety of tasks, including communications, creating and reviewing documents, and analyzing information.
  • Performs tasks that require sitting for an extended period.
  • Requires travel via a variety of modes and work during irregular hours.



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $187,500 - $242,892. 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:160176
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; New York; 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.