Manager, Project Estimating & Scheduling (3 positions)

Silver Spring, MD
Feb 12, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Full Time
If you want to create a lasting impact on the Washington DC region, with an experienced team that supports you and your life-work balance - if you want to take on new challenges, learn new skills, and develop professionally - then you are in the right place.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is recruiting for three (3) Manager positions within the Strategic Constructability and Access Planning (SCAP) Team ( Manager of Estimating, Manager of Scheduling, and Manager of Developmental Projects ). If selected, you will play a pivotal role in Metro's ongoing effort to transform project controls and support a $1.5 Billion annual capital delivery program. Metro's vision includes professional growth, training opportunities, tuition reimbursement, and promoting qualified employees.

The Manager of Estimating will integrate cost estimating into Metro's project lifecycle planning. You will leverage best practices to develop new guidelines, processes, and procedures for cost estimation. You will be leading a cross-functional team of senior level estimators (employees and consultants), who are responsible for preparing Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates for developmental projects, detailed Independent Cost Estimates (ICE) for new construction project bids, and change order estimates for ongoing construction projects.

The Manager of Scheduling will integrate scheduling into Metro's project lifecycle planning. You will leverage best practices to develop new guidelines, processes, and procedures for scheduling. You will be leading a cross-functional team of senior level schedulers (employees and consultants), who are responsible for preparing Level 1 Schedules for developmental projects, reviewing baseline schedules for new projects, reviewing monthly update schedules for ongoing construction projects, and preparing acceleration or delay Time Impact Analysis (TIA) fragnets for ongoing construction project change orders.

The Manager of Developmental Projects will provide project controls support for new programs, projects, and initiatives during the developmental and planning phase. You will support Metro's project lifecycle planning by leading a cross-functional team of project controls specialists (employees and consultants), who are responsible for developing initial schedules and total project cost estimates for new projects, analyzing track access scenarios, performing preliminary constructability analysis, and reviewing Project Charters.

The ideal candidates are self-motivated, proactive professionals, able to coordinate with WMATA departments and stakeholders; who can prioritize their tasks on multiple assignments.

Project management or project controls experience in construction or engineering programs, leadership and management skills, and willingness to mentor and listen to team members across a wide range of related disciplines in a transit, operating environment will be key to your success. Ideal candidates are creative, with an ability to adapt existing processes and systems, and/or develop new project controls systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Technology or related field

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the administration and supervision of estimating and scheduling projects and staff.
  • Demonstrated Estimating/scheduling experience on a series of large and complex construction projects.

  • N/A

  • Project Management
  • Scheduling Technology

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary:

The Manager Project Estimating and Scheduling is responsible for managing a staff of engineers engaged in preparing independent cost estimates and or developing, maintaining and updating project and program schedules. The incumbent is responsible for implementing and enforcing WMATA procedures, standards and guidelines for independent cost estimates and for developing and implementing departmental scheduling procedures, standards, and guidelines. This position leads the performance of a technical staff, manages team deliverables, performs gap analysis, implements process improvements, and presents reports for managers, directors and stakeholders.

Essential Functions:
  • Manages and provides guidance to the estimating and scheduling staff to include establishing and maintaining estimating and scheduling procedures and standards.
  • Reviews cost analyses, estimates, and schedules prepared by project offices to ensure that the work products reasonably reflect the planned work. Provides, as required, consultative services to contract negotiating teams prior to and during negotiations with vendors.
  • Leads the delivery of estimating and scheduling services for a wide group of stakeholders in support of project and program procurement, planning and execution. Stakeholders include offices throughout WMATA and occasionally outside projects under adjacent construction.
  • Champions the use of accepted industry standards and guidelines for estimating and scheduling work throughout the construction project lifecycle.
  • Optimizes staff efficiency and the quality of the work product by facilitating the automation of the estimating and scheduling processes within the limits of the resources available.
  • Serves as a vital resource on construction project procurement, implementation and change management activities, predicting and controlling costs and providing the basis of WMATA's position on negotiations for construction and engineering contracts.
  • Facilitates staff training related to construction industry costing trends and or scheduling practices to ensure the estimating and scheduling staff maintains state-of-the-art knowledge and capabilities in areas relevant to their assigned responsibilities.
  • Meets regularly with WMATA project teams and stays well informed about upcoming project needs for estimating and or scheduling support.

Other Functions
  • May develop and maintain a cost estimating information system including, a centralized database for a full range of construction and engineering functions within the WMATA Transportation System. May establish, publish, and or maintain WMATA-wide standards and guidelines for the preparation of project estimates, analyses, and / or schedules.
  • May coordinate, as needed, with the Office of Inspector General and the Office of Procurement to ensure that estimating and scheduling policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines are in conformance with regulatory and internal requirements.
  • May act in the role Technical Resource (COTR) or task manager on a given procurement contract.
  • The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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