This position is responsible for managing an assigned territory to support public funded projects on behalf of Genesee & Wyoming’s subsidiary railroads in the United States. The successful candidate will be able to operate in a fast paced, demanding environment and be able deliver cost-effective and timely completion of public projects in a manner that is responsive to regional requirements. Excellent organizational, computer, resource management, and MS Office skills, and a high level of attention to detail are essential to effective performance in this position.
- Manage the public projects process for all U.S. based G&W railroads (500+ projects) in a manner that ensures timely and cost-effective completion and full compliance with company standards, rules and applicable FRA regulations.
- Manage G&W’s selected public projects consultants to provide timely and cost-effective completion of all assigned public projects.
- Develop and maintain quality working relationships with the funding agencies, regional and railroad engineering staff, and general managers to ensure that railroad project requirements are met and that railroad relationships with the funding agencies are enhanced.
- Assist railroads and regions with providing oversight of project contractors to ensure quality completion of awarded projects and that work has been accomplished in compliance with all G&W and FRA rules and regulations.
- Ensure that all public projects are completed in full compliance with FHWA or other funding agency requirements.
- Maintain all required documents to ensure full audit (both internal and government agency) compliance of all projects.
- Perform regular field audits of work-in-progress public projects to ensure compliance with project specifications, G&W and FRA rules and regulations.
- Lead by example through full rules compliance when in the field and set the expectation of full rules compliance for all staff and contractors.
- Provide appropriate, consistent and timely communication with internal and external customers including purchasing, regional engineering, suppliers, agencies and other departmental interfaces.
- Proactively plan, troubleshoot and communicate issues to ensure projects are on-time and within budget. If conditions require additional agency funding for project completion, ensure encumbrance is in place before authorizing additional work.
- Develop and grow regional relationships vital to the success of all public projects.
- Provide constructive feedback for process improvements.
- Own the territory assigned, from project development at inception throughout project completion.
- Other projects and duties as assigned
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- 5+ years experience in railroad public projects management, signals, track and engineering.
- 5+ years project management and familiarity of running multiple projects varying in scope and complexity.
- Working knowledge of FRA regulations, AREMA recommended practices and FHWA requirements for the handling of public funded projects.
- Experience in railroad signals (active warning devices) installation and maintenance.
- Experience in railroad track construction, maintenance and civil engineering projects.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite.
- Experience working with customers/partners to develop project scope, estimates and review invoices, contracts, and other documentation to ensure projects are completed in a timely accurate manner.
- Ability to walk on uneven slopes, work in all weather conditions.
- Ability to accurately express railroad engineering terminology in written and oral communication.
- Ability to communicate effectively with regions and senior management teams, employees, customers, railroads, regulatory agency officials, funding agency officials and the general public.
EDUCATION AND/OR CREDENTIALS:
- Required: Bachelor's degree (Engineering preferred) and 5 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Preferred: Master’s of Science in Civil or Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited school of engineering or Master’s of Business Administration.
- Must be willing to travel 10-20% or more covering the G&W North America railroads.