Deputy Director Operations Budget
Metro-North Railroad - Manhattan, NY

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Application Deadline

February 22, 2013


Grade I Min: $90,405 / Mid: $113,006 / Max: $135,605


Playing a vital role in the economy of New York State and Connecticut, Metro-North Railroad, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is the busiest commuter railroad in the nation with an annual ridership of over 82 million. A dynamic organization with a strong focus on customer service, safety, and new technologies, Metro-North employs approximately 5,900 people. Operating out of its home base in New York City's historic Grand Central Terminal, the railroad's three lines serve 120 stations in seven counties in New York and two counties in Connecticut. In 2011, Metro-North received the prestigious International Brunel Award for Overall Excellence in Railroad Design, recognizing its continuing work as a more efficient operation, its commitment to sustainability, and its focus on providing excellent customer service. Metro-North was the first American railroad to win this coveted award in its 26-year history. The competition is open to all passenger and freight railroads in the world. Metro-North has a reputation for rewarding employee resourcefulness and innovation, and offers excellent job opportunities in a challenging and diverse environment.

Position Objective

The purpose of this position is to oversee management control systems for operations budget and forecast processes which are used to fund operations and promote efficiencies in operating performance and expense allocation.


Analyze and report on the annual operating budget. Perform a monthly reconciliation of the actual to budget performance. This includes but is not limited to:

Analyze, review, correct and report on payroll expense causality and allocation.
Analyze, review, correct and report on non-payroll expense and allocation.
Develop and administer the energy budget.
Analyze report and coordinate position control for positions authorized by the operating and capital budgets.
Establish and maintain a cooperative network of senior and mid-level staff to facilitate /streamline the gathering of current information.

Assist in the development and implement special management control projects that are used to promote operating performance and expense efficiencies. These include but are not limited to:

Develop and produce the annual report on carbon emissions.
Manage and coordinate joint service agreements between Metro-North and Amtrak, CSX, NS and the D&H.
Act as the primary liaison with the FTA to satisfy statutory reporting requirements covering traction power, car miles, and vehicle inventory and energy consumption.

Select, develop, and motivate personnel to ensure timely, quality .analysis and reporting.

Oversee some of the activities of the Operations Budgets Department which includes but is not limited to; manage a number of centralized contractual services such as pest control, refuse and recycling services and court reporting. Oversee the external utility service providers to; establish new accounts, cancel old accounts, monitor actual versus estimated readings, track utility usage and monitor overall expenses.

Required Qualifications

Excellent working knowledge of finance and financial systems, including payroll, general ledger, budgets, contracts, accounts receivable and accounts payable financial systems.
Expert management analytical skills for unit costing, variance analysis, cost benefit analysis and statistical cost allocations.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or comparable applications.
Must be able to work in a high-profile/high-pressure environment.
Strong project management and coordination skills,
Strong problem solving and analytical skills
Strong leadership skills with the ability to develop, motivate and foster teamwork
Strong ability to exercise a reasonable level of independent judgment and decision making
Strong oral and written communication skills
Excellent organizational and planning skills with attention to detail
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels in the Company and outside agencies
Must be able to implement and participate in Metro-North Railroads Priority One Safety Program.
Must be available to be on call 24/7 as required

Required Education/Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Business, Accounting, Financial management or related field and a minimum of seven years in an increasingly responsible complex management role in the field of financial analysis and budget development and controls.
Minimum 5 years' experience managing a diverse group of people.

Preferred Education/Experience

Familiarity with Metro-North Financial Systems
Familiarity with a transportation operation, preferably a railroad.
Master's Degree business, accounting, financial management or related field.

Other Information

This position has been designated as a 'policy maker' pursuant to the New Your State Public Officers Law and the MTA Code of Ethics. As such, you will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) that will be provided to you by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics. If you want to know more about the FDS requirements, view the Commission's website at You will also be required to take Ethics training within three (3) months of your hire.

Selection Criteria

To be selected for a position, an applicant must: (1) meet the minimum requirements in the job posting, (2) pass a written examination (if applicable), (3) satisfy a background investigation (which includes credit, if applicable), and (4) pass an oral interview, during which the interviewers will further evaluate the applicant's qualifications for the position. Because the selection process is competitive, not all qualified applicants are granted an 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.

For applicants who are current employees, you must be in active service and have worked in your present position for at least one (1) year to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, plus on-the-job training, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.) in order to be eligible to transfer. If you are transferred, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present occupation. In addition, Metro-North employees are subjected to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation of their safety and discipline records, their performance assessments, and of their time and attendance records (including early quits and late starts) for the preceding 30 months. During the 30 month review period, the maximum number of occurrences allowed is 15, and the maximum number of patterns allowed is 8. (An "occurrence" is any absence or consecutive absences of four or more hours, and a "pattern" is an absence preceding or following rest days, holidays, vacation days, etc.) For employees with fewer than 30 months of service, the entire period of their employment is reviewed, and the maximum allowable number of incidents is pro-rated. Absences excused in accordance with Company Operating Procedures are not included for purposes of assessing whether attendance is satisfactory. If occurrences and/or patterns exceed the maximums allowed, the employee's attendance is deemed unsatisfactory, and he or she is disqualified from further consideration, even if he or she has not been previously warned about his/her attendance.

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