• Transit/Rail Systems Program Manager

    Job Location US-CA-Oakland | US-CA-Los Angeles | US-CA-Santa Ana | US-CA-San Diego | US-CO-Denver
    Job ID 0518-18598
    HNTB Job Title
    Project Director
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Transit and Rail
  • Why Choose HNTB?

    For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships spanning decades, we understand infrastructure life cycles and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. We are far more than a design firm. We see and help address far-reaching issues of financing, legislation, design, construction, community outreach and ongoing operations. As employee-owners committed to the highest levels of performance, we enable clients to achieve their goals and inspiring visions.

    At HNTB, we’re encouraged to go beyond discovering mere solutions that will impact our very landscape. We are encouraged to ask, “What if?” Our HNTB family fosters an inventive and resourceful commitment to finding unique answers to complex problems. We believe that the act of wondering sparks creativity. We will work to foster your creativity, career and personal growth. Come join HNTB and unleash your spark of imagination.

    For you, “together” can mean the chance to put together an exciting career. At HNTB “together” also means collaborating across geographies and disciplines within the firm. And “together” means that we are partners with our clients. Our goals are linked, and their success is our success. “Together” means that we are engaged in the communities we serve — we live there — and are committed to their growth and development.


    The Transit/Rail Systems Program Manager shall have design and delivery experience in managing complex transit/rail systems projects and programs. The right candidate shall have demonstrable and proven experience working with a large multi-discipline team of design engineers including civil, mechanical, track and architectural designers as well as construction stakeholders. Candidate shall be very familiar with all types of rail systems typically provisioned in light rail, heavy rail and commuter rail projects including train control, signaling, SCADA, communications, radio, stations electrical systems, ticketing, security systems and passenger facilitation systems. The candidate will be assigned to our Northern California district and will be reporting to the local office leader. The candidate may occasionally be required to travel and work on transit/rail systems projects across the U.S. including projects in other parts of California, Denver, Chicago, New York and Seattle.



    Job Summary

    Responsible for the profitable operation of large, mega projects.

    Essential Responsibility

    • Responsible for managing and delivering mega projects on-time, within budget and to the satisfaction of the client.
    • Develops and nurtures key client relationships and is the primary company contact on the project.
    • Identifies and markets additional business opportunities with key clients.
    • Sets priorities, secure resources and obtain commitment to work according to the project planned with department managers and section heads.
    • Consistently maintains an overall view for the progress of the assigned project.
    • Oversees the Project Managers and as a functional manager, to support with the right resources, competencies and tools that are available.
    • Ensures the achievement of product quality, project targets, budget control and project profitability over the project portfolio.
    • Communicates effectively with clients to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions and strategies.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Additional Responsibilities

    - Familiarity with all aspects of transit/rail systems and technologies related to heavy rail, light rail and commuter rail projects with particular focus on train control, signaling and CBTC systems and related technologies
    - This individual should have experience at successfully delivering projects through design-build and design-bid-build delivery methods, and will be responsible for project budgeting, planning, and client satisfaction.
    - Primary duties would include: Serve as a Design Manager, including all aspects of interfacing with the client and design delivery teams of light rail and commuter rail projects. 
    - Manage the preparation of plans, specifications, and construction cost estimates. Plan, organize, and supervise project teams to ensure good contract performance. Remain current on Federal Transit Administration FTA policies and procedures that impact the design and implementation of transit projects.
    - Implement the design management tools required for a major transit i.e., scope, cost and schedule control.
    - Proven experience in managing, coordinating and supervising daily the work of all the practices/disciplines involved in large transit projects is required. A demonstrated ability to identify the requirements of the project, analyze and develop expert opinion and form conclusions consistent with project risks and the client expectations is necessary.
    - High degree of proficiency in utilizing professional knowledge to effectively lead the solution of engineering problems in accordance with project requirements.
    - Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and work effectively with clients, direct reports, managers and team members on complex systems issues pertaining to assigned tasks.
    - Knowledgeable of all applicable design tools and software including AutoCad, Microstation, ProjectWise MS Excel, MS Word, MS Project / Primavera and other software applications
    - Self-motivated with proven ability to work independently and demonstrate strong leadership and team-building skills.
    Responsible for the effective and profitable management and delivery of end-to-end PMC services on a program with a program value of <$1B.

    Basic Qualification

    Bachelor's degree in Engineering
    16 years engineering experience, including directing large mega projects

    Preferred Qualification/Skills

    - Candidates must hold Bachelor’s degrees preferably in electrical engineering
    - Master's degree
    - California PE is a plus
    - Candidates will have at least 15-20 years of rail industry experience with at least 10 years’ experience in a position which involved leading design teams for transit/rail projects
    - Candidate must be able to demonstrate a track record of satisfying client needs and the ability to operate autonomously with minimal supervision

    General Work Conditions

    Office Environment: Work is generally performed in an office environment in which there is only minimal exposure to potentially unpleasant working conditions. Incumbent must have the ability to stand and sit frequently, and reach horizontally as well as vertically for overhead use.

    HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran. 

    The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.


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