Omaha, Nebraska, The Senior Rail Manager leads all phases of physical and financial-related activities to OPPD's Arbor Line (rail and bridges) and railcar assets. The Senior Rail Manager will collaborate with a dynamic team of category managers to ensure the safe, continuous, efficient, economic, and reliable rail operations. As part of the Energy Commodities team, this position must be willing to provide backup coverage to at least one of the department's other categories (Natural Gas, Fuels, Coal, etc.)
1. Manage the negotiation, development, and execution of competitively bid rail-related contracts to provide for the efficient operation, maintenance, and capital improvements regarding OPPD's rail assets which includes rail, ties, ballast, bridges, crossings and signals. Responsible for managing rail-related Asset Management Program. - Research, define, and solve rail-related problems with no assistance. - Perform audits of rail-related documents and reports prepared by others at OPPD or from outside organizations to ensure accuracy. - Ensure compliance with all applicable OPPD and governmental policies and regulations are satisfied. - Manage and implement rail-related work in an economic, quality, and timely manner, including coordination of internal craft and external contractor work.
2. Lead track and right-of-way maintenance, bridge construction and maintenance, signal maintenance, short line operations, rail car maintenance, rail car purchase and sale, all phases of derailment recovery, and other capital projects.
3. Coordinate and direct all rail-related regulation compliance and interface with external parties including Class 1 railroads, Federal and State Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Surface Transportation Board, Rail Transportation Safety Board, state, county, and city roads departments, and adjacent landowners.
4. Provide rail management services to assure economic, quality and timely completion of assigned objectives. - Prioritize and schedule work for all assigned tasks to ensure timely completion of milestones. - Provide budget information, economic evaluations, business case documentation, and schedule development for rail activities including coordination with OPPD¿s budgeting process. - Coordinate with Supply Chain Management (when applicable) to initiate and complete purchase of services and/or materials necessary in support of rail activities. - Lead the review of key category performance indicators for rail, bridge, and railcar maintainers and provide regular updates. - Prepare and provide timely rail-related communications, such as capital and operating & maintenance costs and cash flow estimates, expenditures, operating data, and other budgets and reports for use by other divisions and business units or as required by governmental agencies and industry organizations. - On call to timely respond to and resolve rail, bridge, railcar issues, or landowner/ROW questions, and work stoppage situations.
5. Lead rail strategic initiatives and programs. - Prepare short- and long-range track and bridge-related budgets, design and maintenance plans, and capital projects. - Maintain close liaison and cooperative working relationships with category suppliers, consultants, other utilities, and industry organizations, representing OPPD in various professional and industry organizations. - Develop, manage, and implement risk management in alignment with enterprise risk management initiatives through rigorous inspections of all rail assets.
6. Energy Commodities Specific Responsibilities/Accountabilities: - Provide backup at least one additional energy commodity categories including coal supply and transportation, coal ash marketing and disposal, natural gas supply and transportation, fuel oil supply, data and financial analytics, or power hedging/REC trading. Required: - Bachelor's degree in Civil or Structural Engineering. - Civil/Structural PE licensure in the State of Nebraska with ability to act as Railroad Bridge Engineer as required by 49CFR237.51 (or obtain within 6 months of hire). - Six (6) years specific experience as a rail, bridge, structural, or civil engineer. - Familiar with timber, steel and concrete structure design, inspection, and maintenance. - Advanced knowledge in project cost scoping and estimating, design plan sets, developing bidders lists, understanding bid specifications, knowing the RFI/RFP process, analyzing bids, recommending contract awards, reviewing contracts, scheduling, managing budgets, conducting material and labor audits, and invoicing. - Experience with onsite field visits, inspections and pre-bid meetings. - Excellent oral and written communication skills. - Demonstrated quantitative skills with the ability to analyze data and report results. - Advanced understanding of the rail industry. - Demonstrated effective analytical, problem solving and decision making abilities. - Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, exercise flexibility and take responsibility for assigned work. - Ability to organize, prioritize and complete multiple projects simultaneously with frequent changing priorities. - Demonstrated capability to work in a team environment while completing independent tasks and assignments. - Ability to interact with internal and external customers in a professional and respectful manner. - Possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Desired: - Master's degree in Civil or Structural Engineering. - Ten (10) years specific experience as a rail, structural, or civil engineer. - Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with all levels within the organization. - Working knowledge of OPPD work processes and computer systems. - Advanced MS Office Professional Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Outlook and SharePoint), Microstation, GIS (Esri,) OpenRoads/OpenRail, or other BIM Software (AutoCAD, Civil3D, Geopak, etc.). - Familiarity in the continuous improvement process, LEAN concepts. - eRailSafe certified, BNSF MWOR qualified, and AREMA's Railroad Bridge Inspection course.
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