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    Summary

    This position is located in the Office of Railroad Research, Development and Technology (RD&T), Rolling Stock Research Division. You will provide supervisory professional engineering services, program management and technical guidance in matters concerning the implementation of a comprehensive research and development program for evaluating the safety of railroad rolling stock equipment systems and component systems.

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    Responsibilities

    As a Supervisory General Engineer, you will:

    • Supervise a team of Engineers in conceiving, initiating, and managing Research & Development projects in support of the assurance of rolling stock safety and provide oversight of complex research, development, test and evaluation efforts related to rail cars and locomotives and the technology associated with rolling stock.
    • Work with research Program Managers and the Director of RD&T to determine which safety and performance issues within the Division's areas of responsibility should be addressed by FRA RD&T efforts and to create and implement a set of research programs that will maximize the benefits received from the expenditure of limited R&D resources.
    • Also assess the feasibility of various avenues of research that will decrease the number of rolling stock related railroad accidents, improve rail system performance and reliability, and reduce the regulatory impact on the industry.
    • Conceive, initiate, and manage the conduct of railroad equipment, components and hazardous materials research programs requiring cooperative efforts by FRA, other Government agencies, the railroad industry, universities and other private research and development (R&D) organizations.
    • Advise the Office Director, Associate Administrator and other Offices of FRA and DOT of developments in his/her field of research. Continually maintain an awareness of developments in research and issues within the Division's areas of responsibility both in the United States and abroad through personal contacts, attendance at professional gatherings, review of literature surveys to assess concurrent programs and by arranging and participating in conferences with various program managers in the Office, FRA and DOT
    • Make recommendations to the Office Director and Associate Administrator regarding budget requirements, program plans, workforce staffing allocations, workforce planning, and effective position management. Implement improved work processes and business practices to ensure maximum productivity within employment ceilings and funds.
    • Establish program goals and provide guidance to the program managers concerning the most effective action to attain the Division's RD&T objectives. Review project documentation such as plans, progress reports, and summaries of contract results, and redirect or terminate work as required .Plan work to be accomplished and set priorities for staff based on workload and abilities. Plan and assign work to be accomplished, give advice, counsel and mentoring to employees.

    The ideal candidate for this position has experience with supervising a staff of program managers, program and project management and is a subject matter expert in the areas of research, development, test and evaluation of rolling stock and hazardous materials research; is an experienced professional who is comfortable in a fast-paced work environment with regular interactions with senior leadership; exhibits creativity, sound judgment, discretion, attention to detail, and sensitivity to protocol, deadlines and timetables; has the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities; possesses a strong work ethic, strong logic and reasoning skills and a demonstrated ability to accurately interpret literal and thematic subject matter; has experience supervising research and development programs and program management staff:  is diplomatic, responsive, and comfortable working within a diverse, multicultural, rapidly evolving organization.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

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