Optimal Solutions & Technologies (OST, Inc.) is focused on excellence. We specialize in providing Management Consulting, Information Technology, and Research Development and Engineering services. OST is one of an elite set of companies worldwide to be externally appraised CMMI Level 5.
The fundamental distinction of the OST team is its business knowledge in both the public and private sectors. We serve the aerospace & transportation, association & nonprofit, defense, education, energy, financial, healthcare, and technology & telecommunications industries. OST is successful because we listen to our clients, we learn from our clients, and we know our clients.
Description of specific Duties in a typical workday for this position:
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.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
The Principal Project Manager is responsible for managing specific mega complexity projects in Construction or Technology fields, where total project cost may exceed $50M, or technology implementations that have significant enterprise-wide operational impacts. 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 Senior staff, Executive Governance Committees, and external 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.
Required Skills & Work Experience
* 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 9 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.
Preferred skills & work experience
* 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.
This is a full-time position paying a base salary, full benefits, and has possible bonus potential based on merit and performance. To be considered for this position, please apply online with a cover letter and MS Word resume.
OST is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, religion, gender, native origin, age, disability, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.