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Senior Director Rolling Stock Strategy

Job ID: 4659
Business Unit: MTA Headquarters
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Date Posted: Dec 13, 2023


JOB TITLE:                    Senior Director, Rolling Stock Strategy
SALARY RANGE:         $141,500 - $152,000
HAY POINTS:                924
DEPT/DIV:                      Procurement\Rolling Stock Strategy                    
SUPERVISOR:               Assistant Deputy Chief Officer, Rolling Stock Strategy              
LOCATION:                    2 Broadway, New York NY 10004                       
HOURS OF WORK:       8:00 am - 4:30 pm (7 1/2 hours/day)
DEADLINE:                    Open until Filled                  

This position is eligible for telework which is currently one day per week. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.


This position will be responsible for assisting with the implementation of the strategy, developing the acquisition approach, coordinating the execution of all MTA-wide rolling stock procurement activities, to both secure best value for the MTA and support the core mission of providing safe and reliable public transportation. This position, along with the Assistant Deputy Chief Officer (ADCO) will coordinate between the agencies’ staff at NYCT, Metro North and LIRR and the funding function at the MTA to align budgets and effectively leverage consolidated requirements.

This position will lead benchmarking efforts to identify and implement best practices for the acquisition of buses, subway cars, commuter rail cars and all non-revenue/work car equipment across the MTA, including the adoption life cycle cost modelling for evaluative purposes. This position will also work directly with end users in identifying candidate firms for expansion of the list of qualified vendors to support the MTA’s on-going rolling stock needs.


·         Supports all activity for the successful implementation of an acquisition strategy to leverage multi agency rolling stock requirements across the operating agencies of the MTA, in line with corporate strategy and business goals.

·         Selects, develops, and motivates personnel within the department. Provides career development for subordinates/ consultants. Provides prompt and effective coaching and counseling. Responsible for discipline/termination of employees when necessary. Reviews performance of staff. Creates a professional environment that respects individual differences and enables all employees to develop and contribute to their full potential.

·         When necessary, provides negotiations strategies for aspects of rolling stock acquisition activity.

·         Conducts benchmarking exercises with peer agencies both nationally and internationally.

·         Collaborates with MTA agencies and external organizations to monitor market capacity, procurement, and contracting timelines and strategies.

·         Partners with engineering staff at the operating agencies to develop a mechanism to expand the supplier base at the bus and railcar car builder and subsystem level.

·         Responds to internal and external auditors, implementing audit recommendations when appropriate and to Freedom of Information Law requests.

·         Drafts responses to press inquiries, budget hearing inquiries and inquiries from elected officials.

·         Manages all required consultant activities.

·         May serve as Acting or Designee for the Assistant Deputy Chief Officer, in their absence.

·         Other duties as assigned.


·         Passion for improving the New York public transit system.

·         Excellent negotiation skills

·         Proven change management abilities with experience leading change

·         Must have the ability to comprehend high-level business strategy objectives and effectively develop / execute ‘roadmaps’, milestones, detailed implementation plans and Key Performance Indicators

·         Excellent organizational, interpersonal and presentation skills.

·         Demonstrated ability to work with all internal levels within a given organization.

·       Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact well with external agencies. External agencies may include the New York State Government, New York City government, elected and other public officials, as well as any staff located at other federal or state agencies or authorities.

·         Demonstrated ability to work in a high-profile, high-pressure environment effectively.

·         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key internal and/or external stakeholders.

·         Must have strong managerial skills to effectively direct a staff of professional and technical employees in implementing the short- and long-term goals and direction for the area(s) of responsibility.

·         Demonstrated ability to complete short- and long-term projects effectively and as efficiently as possible.

·         Demonstrated analytical capabilities and quantitative skills.



·         BA/BS in Business Administration, Transportation, Public Administration, Public Policy, Transportation Planning, Finance, Engineering, Law, Supply Chain, or related field; and

·         Minimum 8 years related experience in public transportation administration, project management, procurement operations, budget planning.

·         An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

·         Minimum 4 years managing process improvement and efficiencies.


·         MBA or advanced degree in a related field preferred.

·         Familiarity with the MTA’s policies and procedures.

·         Familiarity with MTA’s planning and reporting process for Capitally funded projects

·         Familiarity with the MTA’s Collective bargaining procedures.


Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).

Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.

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