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Deputy Chief Engineer - Project Management

Philadelphia, PA, USA | Amtrak

  • Industry:
    Manufacturing (Light Industry / Consumer-Oriented)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Project Management
  • Experience:
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President, Project Delivery, the Deputy Chief Engineer Project Management will oversee the implementation of capital improvement and capital maintenance programs, ensuring adherence to project scope, budget, schedules and the requirements of stakeholders.The position focuses on project management and the timely and cost-effective delivery of projects, and the representation of Amtrak in all project-related interactions with third parties.

The Deputy Chief Engineer Project Management works collaboratively and in coordination with all Amtrak Engineering senior staff or staff from other departments, the Federal Railroad Administration, and other U.S. DOT agencies, Congress, States and localities, commuter and freight operators, and suppliers, other third parties, investors and stakeholders to develop strategies, plans, funding and finance approaches, and partnerships to advance Amtrak’s mission.


The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

Act as primary contact internally and externally for capital improvement and mantenance projects, creating and executing work plans, identifying required resources, assigning duties and tasks to team members, reviewing and monitoring the project progress on a regular basis, and leading regular status meetings with clients and teams

Manage and monitor project schedules, progress and costs; maintain, adjust and update project plans, as needed; consolidate, communicate and manage all issues and risks affecting the project, and ensure the timely communication of project status to project participants and stakeholders

Oversees development and implementation of project plans, schedules and budgets consistent with operational needs and budget allowances, and oversee bid negotiations and consultant relationships

Ensure project progress by measuring the variance in scope, schedule, cost and quality from the respective baselines and takes necessary action to address deviations

Train and monitor employees to ensure delivery of quality program executions. Identify and recommend processes to be improved to drive continuous improve in deliverable quality

Participates in the development and administration of the budget for assigned programs; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate 

Provides technical advice to the AVP Project Delivery and the Chief Engineer on matters related to capital projects delivery with focus on project management

Builds and maintains external relationships to provide effective communication of capital program status and accomplished goals and objectives

Represents the AVP Project Delivery with other executive staff, departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations

Represents Amtrak at meetings and conferences with elected and public officials, the community, private citizens, and public and private organizations

Analyze challenges, problems, and process breakdowns to ensure that lessons learned are used to improve project management and project delivery practices

Continuously improves and/or develops key business processes that focus on delivering capital projects on-time and within budget

Effectively contributes to a safe and secure work environment for employees and travel experience for customers

Demonstrates necessary leadership to support a zero incident and injury culture within Amtrak

Oversees the development and implementation of assigned department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area

Assesses and monitors workloads, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes

Directs department’s activities including setting goals and objectives, policies, work standards, and controls for professional staff and consultants

Maintains a teamwork environment within all peers as well as the engineering department’s internal customers

Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of project management in public transportation

Serves as acting AVP Project Delivery as required and assigned



Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a closely related field

13+ years of experience in passenger railroads exhibiting progressive growth and increased responsibility in providing major project delivery services to the public

In lieu of education a minimum of 17 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience is needed

5+ years of senior management-level experience at the department-head level in project/construction management, engineering and/or maintenance within passenger railroads, or in any comparable public or private organization 

Successfully demonstrates expert knowledge and ability to effectively oversee scope, schedule and budgets of capital improvement and capital maintenance programs 

Extensive experience managing diverse, large, and geographically dispersed groups of individuals

Extensive experience showing strong interdepartmental leadership with the ability to identify problems and develop and implement solutions

Extensive understanding of business operations and the impact departmental actions have on the corporation and operations

Experience working with government agencies and organizations

Knowledge of:

Advance principles of project management, program development, implementation and administration for improvement and maintenance projects

Theories, principles, and practices of passenger railroad systems design, construction, operations, maintenance, safety, accident prevention, and emergency response

Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing the design, engineering, and construction of passenger railroad capital improvement and maintenance projects

Project delivery, engineering, and maintenance roles, responsibilities, and requirements

Railroad systems including track, structures, communications, signals, electric traction and track usage procedures

Principles and practices of capital and operating budgets preparation and administration

Principles and practices of contract negotiation and administration

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation

Principles and practices of public administration

Social, political, and environmental issues influencing capital programs 

Labor unions agreements

The Amtrak organization, Federal Railroad Administration and NEC stakeholders, including state and local governments, commuter railroads and freights

Roadway Workers Protection (RWP), NORAC/General Code Operating Rules; MW 1000, AMT2, AMT23, AMT27, Hazard Communication (Right to Know) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Skills and Abilities to:

Motivate and support people across the organization to work collectively as a cohesive whole to produce superior results

Develop strategy and tactical direction in alignment with Amtrak’s Strategic Plan

Identify talented managers and advocating for their future development

Conduct meetings and interviews, interpersonal communications, time management, conflict resolution, and to conduct formal investigations

Communicate clearly and concisely in verbal and written form, including ability to articulate complex issues, and interact with outside stakeholders as well as all levels of Amtrak 

Present and discuss programs and projects status with senior management, 3rd parties and the Board of Directors 

Effectively oversee all capital improvement and capital maintenance program management and administrative functions

Plan, develop and implement objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards to organize and control the design and construction of a capital project

Understand, interpret, and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts, and labor/management agreements

Facilitate and encourage objective analyses of alternative points of view and to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of various business options in order to reach an informed decision

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with superiors, peers, and subordinates across the organization

Represent Amtrak before elected officials and the public as requested

Exercise judgment and creativity in making decisions

Prepare reports and correspondence

Microsoft Project, Visio and Office, including intermediate level capabilities in the use ofExcel, Power Point, and Word


Master's degree in engineering, business, or project management, and extensive experience working with construction of capital projects in an operating environment

Professional Engineer’s (PE) License

CMAA Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and/or PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) credential

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