Principal Project Manager - 90290508 - New York (New York, New York, US, 10001)

 New York, NY

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Under the direction of the Director Portfolio Management, the Principle Project Manager is responsible for managing specific mega complex capital construction projects, where total project cost may exceed $50M. Individual in this role use advance knowledge of project management processes and controls to accomplish project objectives by planning and evaluating project activities with some indirect supervision from the Director, and may have either direct reports or matrixed subordinate team members. The role requires regular analytical and metrics-based reporting to Senior staff, Executive Governance Committees, and external stakeholders.


  • Develops and implements project plans, schedules and budgets consistent with operational and stakeholders needs.
  • Manages and monitors project cost and schedules, report progress. 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.
  • Ensures project progress by measuring the variance in scope, schedule, cost and quality from the respective baselines and takes necessary action to address deviations.
  • Identify, document and leads the evaluation of changes based on cost, schedule, risk and scope impacts. Ensure appropriate packet of relevant information to support appropriate project change and change control request decision processes.
  • Work with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities.
  • Provide financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives Identify and evaluate the risks associated with project activities and work across organization to establish and monitor mitigation plans.
  • Work with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities.
  • Provide financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives Identify and evaluate the risks associated with project activities and work across organization to establish and monitor mitigation plans.
  • Establish appropriate project governance structures and processes by engaging executive sponsor and key stakeholders.
  • Establish collaborative partnership among stakeholders to enable scoping, financial and resource decisions. Develop and maintain required project management artifacts in accordance with Amtrak Project Management standards and applicable regulations.
  • Identify efficiencies and present recommended improvement opportunities at various levels of management. Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management methodology and standards.
  • Builds and maintains external relationships to provide effective communication of capital program status and accomplished goals and objectives.
  • Develop and administer budget of assigned projects; Approval of forecasted funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; Approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
  • Analyze challenges, problems, and process breakdowns to ensure that lessons learned are used to improve project management and project delivery practices.
  • 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.


  • Strong project management skills with prior experience managing complex cross-functional projects in a highly matrixed environment
  • Experience with leading cross functional multidisciplinary project teams
  • Experience with integration of multiple project components, including vendor-produced scope components
  • Strong Written and Oral communication skills with ability to present complex information and respond to complex needs of a large and visible project or program
  • Ability to network with internal and external stakeholders, and leverage relationships to resolve complex project issues
  • Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives.
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, MS Project),
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of project management experience with emphasis on large scale implementations, or any equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • PMP (Must be willing to obtain within 12 months of date of hire)
  • Must have work authorization in the United States.


  • Transportation industry experience
  • Specific subject matter expertise in large scale construction management or technology transformation implementations
  • Engineering certifications
  • Technology certifications
  • Direct or matrixed people management experience is a plus.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:78176

Posting Location(s):New York; New Jersey

Job Family/Function:Engineering

Relocation Offered:Yes

Travel Requirements:Up to 25%

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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.


POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering & Mechanical