Amtrak Lead Financial Analyst - 90184707 - Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The Lead Financial Analyst, Audit & Financial Control is responsible for the financial and cost allocation calculations and support associated with the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) that determines the commuter operator access fees on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. Responsibilities include extensive interaction with the NEC Commission staff and commuter and state partners and robust data analyses to ensure compliance with cost methodologies outlined in the PRIIA 212 cost allocation policy. The position also supports and facilitates the preparation, compilation and maintenance of an operating statistics database, the preparation of various financial analyses that support multiple pricing projects including responses to RFP requests for new and existing commuter services, and SAP financial analyses and data maintenance.


•Support the development of cost allocation methodologies and provide all relevant financial information associated with the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) and provide the on-going maintenance and production of PRIIA related cost data.

•Perform review and analyses of PRIIA 212 cost allocation data model output and review of state and commuter agency data input for accuracy and reasonableness. Prepare all necessary data and supporting schedules in response to audit inquiries associated with Amtrak cost and operational data subject to cost allocation.

•Interact and communicate frequently with NEC Commission staff and state and commuter agency representatives to ensure cost model input/output data and cost allocation methodologies are consistent with the PRIIA 212 cost allocation policy.

•Generate and compile all supporting schedules required to calculate the Amtrak and commuter operator access fees on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC). This includes the assignment of costs to the applicable geographic operating segment, calculation and analyses of dispatching and police costs and analyses of specific project definitions, scopes and non-recurring project activities to determine applicability for cost sharing.

•Support and facilitate the preparation and compilation of an operating statistics database which includes such statistics as train frequencies, train miles, unit miles and gross ton miles. The operating statistics are a key factor in the allocation of costs and the assignment of access fees to the users of the NEC.

•Preparation of various financial analyses that support the Director, Audit & Financial Control in multiple pricing projects including indirect cost recovery and the realization of new business including new commuter operating contracts, other business and insourcing opportunities.

•Calculation and preparation of the financial sections of all Requests for Proposals (RFPs) related to new and continued operating and maintenance contracts with State DOTs and commuter agencies. This includes ensuring that all of the required cost provisions of the RFP are included in Amtrak’s response as well as ensuring that all appropriate additives and management fees are included in the total price.

•Perform on-going SAP financial analyses and SAP data maintenance including monthly close processes.

•Other accounting/finance related analyses and pricing as required.


•Must have demonstrated professional experience in accounting/financial analysis/audit functions. Prefer experience in the transportation industry.

•Proven ability to effectively interface with individuals at various levels within and outside of the organization to exchange information, work cooperatively, facilitate understanding and persuade and influence others.

•Experience effectively communicating financial concepts to financial and non-financial audiences.

•Strong, demonstrated skill and experience in spreadsheet data modeling and high proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access.

•Experience demonstrating skill in the classification and proper accounting for complex business transactions.

•Strong aptitude and proficiency in compiling, analyzing, interpreting and reporting large amounts of quantitative data for business use and action.

•Experience with SAP software


•Experience in the transportation industry


•CPA, MBA or other professional certification


•Must have excellent oral and written communication skills


Requisition ID: 23984

Posting Location(s): Pennsylvania

Personnel Area: PA08

Job Family/Function: Finance

Relocation Offered: No

Education Requirements: Bachelors Degree

Travel Requirements: None

Employment Experience Requirements: 5 - 7 years of experience

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Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

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