Current Assignment

The Operations Analyst (“Principal Financial Analyst”) is the highest-level financial analyst and will be responsible for supporting the Department’s strategic operational and financial goals accordingly.

The candidate will conduct highly complex analysis and support the Department by developing large-scale financial and operational models for determining resource needs for the Department of over 800 FTE and over 50 distinct job classes. The analyst will also be responsible for cost optimization for maintenance activities by utilizing advanced Excel and/or other data tools to manage and conduct data extraction, manipulation, and analysis. The models will align Rolling Stock and Shops (RS&S) staffing and material levels with operational needs, service level agreements, railcar availability, efficiency and reliability factors, parameters in collective bargaining agreements, and other variables to ensure that RS&S is utilizing support staff and maintenance shop resources efficiently and effectively.

The incumbent will be responsible for ad hoc costing and analysis, including but not limited to cash flow, cost benefits, labor costings, operating and capital budget, and trend analysis. In addition to conducting a wide array of financial analyses, the incumbent will conduct data modeling, which includes labor hour analysis and tracking, non-labor and parts review and analysis, and studies on labor. S/he will complete analysis projects and provide management with strategic and operational scenarios for decision-making and implementation.

The candidate will also provide reports and operations-based financial results to managers to provide insights, drive decision-making, and monitor the effectiveness of existing programs and metrics. The candidate may also serve as RS&S subject matter expert for RS&S management and other District departments in data analytics, business intelligence and reporting data related to operations.

The Ideal Candidate   

The Operations Analyst (“Principal Financial Analyst”) has supported operations by conducting resource forecasting, predictive analytics, and developing and tracking key performance benchmarks for operations within the Department. The incumbent has communicated effectively with staff at various levels. The ideal candidate is naturally curious, enjoys working with an extensive range of people and embraces spending time in a maintenance facility with the goal of understanding and improving the railcar maintenance operations. The ideal candidate also adopts a continuous improvement workstyle and development of professional and technical skills.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills/experience beyond the minimum qualifications:

·        Experience conducting complex financial analyses and creating financial and data models.

·        Experience extracting, manipulating, analyzing, and joining large data sets.

·        Experience with Oracle-based financial, budgetary, and human resource systems or comparable ERP systems.

·        Problem-solving skills, including the ability to frame issues and structure data appropriately for analysis.

·        Ability to understand complex issues and work towards a solution.

·        Excellent research, reading comprehension, and professional writing skills.

·        Ability and interest in working in a rapid-paced and evolving environment.

·        Ability and interest in managing ambiguity.

·        Ability and interest in challenging the status quo.

·        Ability to present analysis in formats appropriate for staff and management.

·        Ability to conduct work in an office or shop environment.

·        Ability and interest in continuous improvement and development of professional and technical skills.

Preference will be given to those with experience or exposure to relational database concepts or experience with SQL, Python, Advanced Excel/DAX/Power BI, or similar data tools. However, those skills are not currently required.


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