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Sr Project Mgr Communications and Signals - 90231998 - Chicago

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Your success is a train ride away.

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.

Are you ready to join our team?



The Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing high or mega complexity projects of large and complex components of a larger program.  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 PMO Director, and may have either direct reports or matrixed subordinate team members.  The role requires regular analytical and metrics-based reporting to other staff, Executive Committee, and stakeholders. 



*Coordinate multiple departments, vendors and assets to ensure timely and cost-effective execution of major scope milestones

*Establish collaborative partnership among stakeholders to enable scoping, financial and resource decisions

*Identify, document and elevate cross-organizational and vendor-driven dependencies, and work with managers and peers across the organization to develop and implement appropriate dependency management processes

*Establish appropriate project governance structures and processes by engaging executive sponsor and key stakeholders to develop appropriate thresholds and cadence for governance discussions.

*Mentor and coach junior level Project Management staff and matrixed team members, and provides guidance on adherence to the Project Management practices.

*Work with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities.

*Provide financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives and government regulators.

*Identify and evaluate the risks associated with project activities and work across organization to establish and monito mitigation plans.

*Identify, document and spear-head evaluation of changes based on cost, schedule, risk and scope impacts as well as cross-functional dependencies.  Ensure appropriate packaging of relevant information to support appropriate project change and governance decision processes.

*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.


*Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated project management experience, or any equivalent combination of education and work experience.


*Strong project management skills with prior experience managing complex cross-functional projects in a highly matrixed environment *Experience with cross-project/program dependency identification and management *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) *PMP (Must be willing to obtain within 12 months of date of hire) *Must have work authorization in the United States.


*Transportation industry experience *Direct or matrixed people management experience is a plus.


*Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:34922

Posting Location(s):Illinois

Personnel Area:IL13

Job Family/Function:Engineering 

Relocation Offered:No 

Education Requirements:Bachelors Degree

Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Employment Experience Requirements:8 - 10 years of experience

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

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.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

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. 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. 

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The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, is a corporation striving to deliver a high quality, safe, on-time rail passenger service that exceeds customer expectations. Learn all about Amtrak here from every angle.

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