Manager, Budget Administration

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Non Unions
United States of America
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$72,333.00 - $108,499.00



Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.

The Mechanical Department coordinates and oversees the repair, inspection, cleaning, rebuilding, replacing, and maintenance of 1,180 pieces of rolling stock used in commuter service. The department’s goal is to provide safe, clean and reliable service while maintaining the fleet to the standards of the Federal Railroad Administration, Association of American Railroads, American Public Transit Association, and the original equipment manufacturers. The Mechanical Department is also responsible for overseeing Metra’s fleet of 463 trucks and automobiles. The department employs 650 people.
Reporting directly to the Chief Mechanical Officer, the Manager, Budget Administration oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department's operations and capital budgets including supervising employees responsible for performing budget and operational analysis, purchasing and requisitioning parts and materials, and monitoring contract compliance.

Perform complex budget and operational analysis of Mechanical Department expenditures for each division including Rock Island, Milwaukee, and Metra Electric districts to assess actual vs budgeted expenses and reallocate funding as needed. Monitor budgets and expenditures for various large scale capital modification works completed by the Burlington Northern and Union Pacific Railroads under Purchase of Service (PSA) contracts for cost efficiencies and contract compliance. Assist managers and division directors in developing and updating financial informational reports and budget requests. Supervise budget and account maintenance functions ensuring the appropriateness of cost allocations, project funding, and account reconciliations. Oversee the analysis of material requests, sourcing strategies, contract modifications and compliance, and invoice processing ensuring Metra receives the best value for its money and payment is processed accurately. Employees may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential.

Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.


  1. Bachelor's Degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting. 
  2. In addition to #1, must have six (6) years of financial/budget experience.
  3. Considerable knowledge of budgeting concepts, principles, and techniques.
  4. Considerable knowledge of accounting and auditing and principles.
  5. Good knowledge of procurement and contract administration principles.
  6. Good knowledge of supervisory and management principles.
  7. Strong analytical, organizational, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  8. Skill performing complex financial, statistical, and comparative analysis.
  9. Strong computer skills, specifically Microsoft Excel.
  10. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  11. Skill using Microsoft Dynamics AX, Maximo Asset Management Solutions or similar software.
  12. Ability to manage a detailed oriented financial operations.
  13. Ability to set priorities and meet strict deadlines.
  14. Ability to manage multiple projects.
  15. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  16. Must be willing to travel within Metra’s 6-county region.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.