LOCATION: Various JOB ID: 94053 APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 26, 2018 Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting prior to the Application Deadline.
MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal. We provide service to over 82 million customers annually, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut. A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is the busiest commuter railroad in the nation. MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe commute, great service to its customers and rewarding opportunities to its employees.
Support the P&MM Capital/Non-Operations Procurement subgroup by providing Metro-North Railroad with the management of contracts required for the Capital Programs as well as all other non-operational core areas. Monitors and manages the procurement commitments for construction, apparatus and all personal/miscellaneous services.
This is a performance based position. Performance objectives and indicators have been designed to measure the successful candidate’s achievements on a quarterly basis. The employee must meet or exceed these detailed goals as a condition of employment.
Manage the procurement and administration of non-operations core and complex construction-related contracts, for public work or consultant services in accordance with Metro-North procurement practices. Prepare cost and price, detailed analyses of contractor’s proposals; formulate negotiations for new contracts, contract modifications, construction change orders and other procurement actions and prepare communications and written narratives summarizing negotiations and their results. Perform all other related work.
Manage, support and train staff in all aspects of procurement: i.e. the preparation, solicitation and overall administration of Request for Proposals (RFPs) and competitive bids to ensure compliance with appropriate state and federal regulations and Metro-North Railroad policies. Mentoring staff to guide their development in conducting market research and cost price analysis related to items to be procured.
Coordinate pre-procurement planning, coordination and scheduling efforts with user departments ensuring new procurement initiatives and corporate procedures are met and that contracts are initiated/awarded on a timely basis.
Prepare Board packages for presentation to Sr. MNR Management. Ensure proper formats are used in accordance with MTA guidelines and that recommended actions are justified.
Attend various general/educational meetings/seminars and remain up to date on Procurement, Contract Administration, and related topics.
Promote safe work practices and safe working conditions. Ensure adherence to guidelines of company safety policies and procedures. Create a professional environment that respects individual differences and enables all employees to develop and contribute to their full potential.
Develop training curriculum to assist in development of Project Managers so as to ensure understanding of their obligations in managing third party contracts.
Contribute to the drafting and updating of departmental policies and procedures. Ensure that staff supports ethics and compliance initiatives set forth by the MTA Corporate Compliance Dept.
Working knowledge of construction industry, procurement principles, terms and conditions, and contract law.
Knowledge of or ability to learn public sector purchasing (i.e. MTA Agency, NYS, NYC) and governmental regulations (FAR, FTA) and NYS contracting provisions.
Strong ability to evaluate contract terms and conditions.
Knowledge of procurement and accounting principles including working knowledge of cost principles.
Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills.
Ability to evaluate the relative costs and benefits of proposed procurements and make appropriate recommendations.
Strong verbal, written and communication skills.
Strong ability to interact with internal and external customers.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and/or comparable applications.
Working knowledge of an Automated Procurement System, Material Management, and/or Accounts Payable Systems.
Strong analytical skills.
Negotiation skills including planning and implementing negotiation strategies.
Strong ability to manage multiple service contract requests and a large volume of contracts on an on-going basis.
Strong ability to deal effectively with high level executives inside and outside MNR.
Ability to train and motivate staff
Familiarity with Procurement and Material Management systems, and/or Transportation/Railroad Operations.
Familiarity with All-Agency Procurement Guidelines.
Familiarity with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), including Circular 4220.1E and Buy America
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Management, Transportation, or a related field with additional specialized procurement/contract administration training. Demonstrated equivalent experience, education, and/ or technical credentials to include four (4) additional years of related experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in a progressively responsible administrative position with emphasis on procurement of goods and services in the construction or engineering industry.
Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing professional staff
Employees new to the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) will establish seniority in accordance with the union's current collective bargaining agreement. Members of the TCU are subject to an initiation fee and monthly union dues. As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be requir8ed to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $97,448.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker. Effective September 2017, all full-time non-agreement personnel other than those directly involved with the movement of trains or delivery of service, or assigned to other emergency response teams, are required to serve in the Station Terminal Auxiliary Response (STAR) program requiring Terminal coverage for Grand Central Terminal (GCT) from 4:30 PM-7:30 PM one week per year or responding to Station STAR duty during a service disruption, system-wide at various hours including nights and weekends. This program is designed to improve Metro-North’s ability to provide customer service during emergencies that impact service delivery or other service disruptions that require staff to provide directions and information to MNR customers at GCT or outlying stations. Please note, hours worked during your participation week are subject to change.
Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application. Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in your current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments. We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
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