Project Manager - Ameren Bright Return Program

Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
Project Management
Return-to-Work Program


reacHIRE is proud to partner with Ameren for a paid 6 month return-to-work program starting in October 2022 designed for individuals who are returning to the workforce after a 2+ year career break. 


Candidates who have worked in part-time roles or have done independent contracting will be considered for this opportunity. It is a cohort-based model that allows individuals to re-enter the workforce in a supported way with a group of fellow returning professionals. We provide a one-week intensive onboarding specially designed to build the skills needed to successfully re-enter the workforce. This proven approach fosters camaraderie among colleagues, builds confidence and upgrades technology and professional skills that will be invaluable throughout this next phase of their career.


Please note: Some of the responsibilities and areas of expertise listed below represent performance expectations to be met by the end of the 6-month program. Ameren's Bright Return program is designed to get you back to work with a supported onramp. We encourage all candidates with prior relevant experience in a similar role to apply!


About the Position

The Project Manager leads small-large size projects with overall accountability for scope, budget and schedule with moderate levels of complexity and risk.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Obtains complete project scope definition and communicates scope to team members.  
  • Manages the scope, budget, and schedule of small to medium size and/or moderately complex projects; and delivers projects on time and within budget constraints.
  • Leads the project team in the planning and organization of project logistics, problem solving and processes to drive team velocity and ensure full team engagement and successful project delivery.
  • Develops/manages project budget, and reviews and approves invoices, vendor proposals, and scope revisions. Develops project forecasts and revises project budgets and forecasts as necessary.
  • Applies organization and leadership skills to ensure internal and external resources work together to meet project objectives.
  • Manages stakeholder expectations for project delivery, facilitates transparency and adaptation, and communicates how projects drive value for the business.
  • Leads the project team in the development of contracting strategies that maximize value to Ameren's customers.
  • Proactively manages contracts to ensure that vendors/suppliers uphold the terms of the contract.
  • Creates, delivers and implements project change approach, strategy and plan; and change management activities to ensure ongoing stakeholder and user engagement; mentors team and peers in the roles and responsibilities of change management.
  • Demonstrates ability to lead, coach and guide others on project activities.
  • Overtime, and/or off-hour work may be required based upon individual project oversight needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required. 
  • Two or more years of relevant experience in project management including scheduling, budgeting, forecasting or project accounting including cost management systems to support project budget, forecast, and spend required. Two years is the minimum number of years required to be considered for this level role.


In addition to the above qualifications, the successful candidate will demonstrate:


  • Working-level understanding of Project Management techniques and skills. 
  • Solid understanding of: Project Management tools e.g., Primavera, Primavera Analytics, Maximo, PowerPlan, Oracle BI, Unifier, etc.; change management strategies and principles; project planning principles such as timing, cost and the implications of project cost overruns/underruns; resources planning; how vendors are chosen, motivated and managed; cost controls and project analytics; schedule development, management and schedule controls; project risks and risk management strategies; contract types and contracting strategy; details of project lifecycle and internal processes that facilitate the project lifecycle; stakeholder identification and management; project accounting and cost management; scope development, business justification and project benefits. 
  • Although an engineering degree is not required, the individual is expected to develop a sufficient technical understanding of the work; essential to managing technical projects and establishing credibility with the overall team that this individual will be leading.

About reacHIRE

reacHIRE is changing the trajectory for individuals in the workplace by partnering with forward-thinking companies. Through customized programs tailored to a company's unique business needs and culture, reacHIRE carefully selects under-the-radar, top talent who voluntarily off-ramped and are ready to on-ramp back into their career. At the end of the program, you may be eligible for full-time or extended contracting work, but it is not guaranteed. reacHIRE will provide 360 degree support along with a dedicated Program Manager to ensure your success every step of the way!


Our Returnship Program participants come from all walks of life, and so do we. At reacHIRE, the sum of our individual differences, life experiences, innovative thinking and self-expression is what makes us great. We hire exceptional talent from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes us, our programs, and the forward-thinking companies we partner with stronger, better and more innovative.  Be you and reach higher!


reacHIRE will reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities who need adjustments in order to complete the application or interview process.  For assistance with your application please contact Sarah White at


About Ameren:

We're Ameren Corporation (AEE), a St. Louis-based, Fortune 500 company that powers the quality of life for millions of people throughout Illinois and Missouri.


Ameren Illinois provides electric distribution and transmission service, as well as natural gas distribution service, while Ameren Missouri provides vertically integrated electric service, with generating capacity of over 10,200 megawatts, and natural gas distribution service. Combined, we serve 2.4 million electric and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000 square mile area. We're the largest electric utility in Missouri and the second largest in Illinois, and we're among the nation's largest investor-owned electric or gas utility.


Our workforce is dedicated to keeping the lights on and the gas flowing – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That same kind of dedication and longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has helped us build an "All-In" supportive and accepting diverse culture where opinions are shared in an environment where all are respected, and the best solutions are put into action.



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