Dir Project Cost Engr & Control – 90293590 – Philadelphia

  • Amtrak
  • US - PA - Philadelphia
  • 4 days ago

Company Name: Amtrak

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US - 19104

Job Duration: 2021-10-14 to 2021-11-13


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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. 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 the result of our employees.

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The Director Project Cost Engineering & Control plans, directs, manages, and oversees cost engineering and control activities and operations for a large, complex capital construction project or a portfolio.  May also supervise schedule control activities and staff. Under general direction from the Deputy Chief, Engineering Program Management Office (DCE-PMO), supports attainment of strategic, policy, and/or project-specific goals and outcomes through delivery of project control services, ensuring close alignment between project control staff and project management team(s).  Serves as subject matter expert and advisor to Deputy Chief, Engineering Program Management Office on schedule management and control practices, policies, methods, and tools.  Assists in the development, preparation, and maintenance of department policies, and may lead collaborative efforts with other internal departments to develop continuous process improvements.  Monitors and evaluates staff performance and provides feedback, coaching, and/or positive recognition for department personnel and decision-making that may have significant, long-term impact on the organization.  Performs additional duties as assigned.


•    Leads development, preparation, and maintenance of department policies and procedures on project cost estimation, cost control, financial risk management, contingency determination and management, and earned value management, incorporating current best practices used in the construction and transportation industries.
•    Ensures integration of scheduling and cost engineering practices and methods, and supports the development of schedule management policies, procedures, and performance metrics.
•    Leads staff in the development and implementation of KPIs to assess project cost performance.  
•    Directly or through subordinate level staff, directs, manages, and supervises assigned staff responsible for analyzing, developing, maintaining, controlling, and/or reporting project design and construction cost estimates and expenditures for a large project/program or portfolio,  including but not limited to analyses of project cash flow, commitment plans, and funding in accordance with grant and funding contribution agreements.
•    May supervise, directly or indirectly, project controls staff responsible for scheduling functions on a large project/program or portfolio, including schedule controls, forecasting, and reporting.
•    Ensures close coordination between assigned scheduling and/or cost control staff and project management team.
•    Assures compliance with department change management, scheduling, and/or cost engineering practices and related project-specific requirements.
•    Assures quality and timeliness of recurring and ad-hoc team deliverables, including but not limited to estimates, schedules, forecasts, reports, analyses, and source data.
•    Oversees staff responsible for the evaluation of contract change orders and amendments for impact on budget and schedule.
•    Oversees and participates in the development of the Engineering Capital Construction yearly plan, ensuring schedule and cost data integrity and consistency, alignment with a 5-year plan, and compliance with internal and external stakeholder requirements.
•    May lead risk evaluation sessions or preconstruction reviews for a major capital construction project/program.
•    May serve as senior cost manager in the planning stage (or early stage) of a major capital construction or engineering project/program.
•    Serves as subject matter expert advisor on construction/engineering cost management and estimation practices, tools, and techniques to the Deputy Chief Engineer, Program Management Office, and senior leadership.  Provide technical subject matter expertise on high profile or high impact claims or disputes.  Prepare related analyses, reports, or presentations.  Represent Amtrak on related negotiations.
•    Supports or leads efforts to develop and implement initiatives for improvement of business processes and tools, in coordination with other internal departments.
•    Manages consulting contracts and task orders.
•    May represent the Project Controls group to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
•    Sets goals and targets for assigned staff in support of department and company strategic objectives.  Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
•    Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
•    Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; issues forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
•    Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.


•    Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Science, Business, or a related field.  Required education may be substituted for additional relevant experience in excess of the minimum requirements outlined below, on a two-for-one year basis.
•    11 years’ experience in construction project cost management and project controls, at least 5 of which are on highly complex or large (>$500 million) projects.  
•    5 years direct hands-on experience as an estimator using modern software to develop and maintain multi-discipline estimates for large complex projects.
•    5 years of relevant supervisory-level experience in large complex capital construction project scheduling or cost control.
•    PMP or PMI-SP certification, or the ability to obtain such within 12 months of hire. Any job offer will require obtaining PMI certification within 12 months. 
•    Valid Driver’s License or ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related functions.


•    Master’s Degree, or higher, in Science, Engineering, Business, or a related field.
•    Experience leading both cost and schedule controls for large capital construction projects, programs, and/or portfolios.
•    Responsible experience managing implementation of a large capital construction project, or a substantial portion thereof.
•    Capital construction experience in the rail industry.
•    Experience with contract claims defense and avoidance.

•    Experience with data analysis, preferably with Excel and PowerBI


One or more of the following certifications/credentials:
•    Professional Engineer (PE) License
•    Oracle Primavera P6 certification
•    PSP, CEP, EVP, or CCP (AACE)
•    Chartered MRICS
•    EVMP
•    RMP (PMI)
•    CCM
•    FAC-P/PM Level III 
•    PRINCE2
•    CCA, or CDT (CSI)

•    Other Six Sigma green belt or black belt training or certification


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:61583
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania; District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
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.

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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.
POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical