Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

We operate development centers in Plymouth, Michigan; Southern California (Irvine, Carson & LA); Silicon Valley (San Jose and Palo Alto); Vancouver, British Columbia; and Surrey, England; as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.


  • Reliability is at the core of Electric Adventure Vehicles. As a Sr. Supplier Reliability Engineer, you will play a key role in designing Rivian’s products with reliability in mind.
    Core responsibilities:
  • Set and communicate Reliability requirements and targets and test plans for outsourced components, subsystems and assemblies.
  • Analyze usage and environmental conditions in order to improve requirement setting and testing methods.
  • Facilitate Design FMEA sessions in order to drive reliable design choices and improve validation test planning.
  • Participate in design reviews and provide input on the reliability section of the design review.
  • Apply reliability lessons learned to enable continuous improvement.
  • Devise accelerated test methods to explore design margins and grow reliability quickly.
  • Partner with the simulation teams to assess problem areas before physical parts are available for testing.
  • Specify reliability validation plans for outsourced components and subsystems using a physics of failure approach.
  • Provide guidance on sample size requirements and durations for reliability testing by utilizing reliability statistics.
  • Facilitate failure analysis to understand root cause and drive resolution for failures originating in testing.
  • Partner with supplier quality and design engineering to identify and mitigate risk at each phase of the reliability program
  • Research failure mechanisms of new technologies and applications. Create designed experiments (DOE) to explore alternative choices on materials, processes, designs.
  • Influence supplier selection for higher reliability and provide clear guidance on reliability requirements and demonstration to suppliers.
  • Develop Ongoing Reliability Testing, Burn-in Testing and Hass Testing strategies.
  • Be the gatekeeper of reliability risk throughout product development and drive activities to successfully burn-down risk before SOP
  • Partner with Field Reliability to assess supplier reliability performance and drive improvement
  • Own root cause investigation and lead cross functional teams to eliminate supplier reliability issues
  • Partner with Field Reliability and Failure Analysis to assure reliability lessons learned are incorporated into future products. 


  • Minimum requirement is a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Preferably 5-10 years of industry experience in a reliability engineering role. Level of Role depends on experience and qualifications. In addition, a strong technical background and interest in reliability.
  • Expert with Ongoing Reliability Testing, Highly Accelerated Stress Screening and governing equations for different types of failure mechanisms
  • Expert with facilitating FMEAs and leading cross functional teams. 
  • Expert understanding of reliability statistics including Weibull Analysis.
  • Expert understanding of physics of failure. 
  • Expert understanding of root cause analysis techniques and demonstrated experience applying them
  • Experience with deploying reliability testing guidelines and inventing new ways of testing.
  • Experience leading cross function problem solving activities
  • Experience with statistical software for reliability, such as JMP or the ReliaSoft suite.
  • Working knowledge of a coding language, preferably Python.
  • Working knowledge of failure analysis techniques such as optical microscopy, SEM, CT, X-Ray, EDS.
  • A desire to contribute to a respectful, fun, inclusive and inspiring team culture.
Domain Knowledge:
  • Depending on the subsystem of focus, Knowledge of methods to design-in reliability for one of the following:
    • Electronics
    • Power/ High Voltage Electronics, High Voltage Distribution and Charging Systems
    • Chassis, suspension, steering, brakes
    • PCBA’s
    • Wiring harnesses
    • Injection molded plastics
    • Castings
    • Motors and Gearboxes
    • Vehicle Interior
    • Vehicle Closures and Body
    • Infotainment
    • Driver Assistance and autonomous driving [including sensors for Autonomy]
    • Low voltage electrical (board controls, harnesses, sensors)
    • Thermal Management

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