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.


Role Summary

In this position you will work as an experienced laboratory leader who knows how to keep a lab safe, efficient, clean, stocked, and productive.  You are comfortable working with a wide variety of stakeholders including executive leadership, lab technicians, vendors, scientists, maintenance crew, and more.  You are familiar with typical budgetary planning processes as well as executing against a budget.  You are familiar with a wide variety of laboratory disciplines, including chemical, mechanical, and electrical laboratory equipment.  You are familiar with the typical CAPEX planning and execution process.  You are passionate about establishing a culture of safety in the lab.


  • Safety – Work with Environmental Health and Safety at Rivian (EHS) to establish proper safety practices in lab and ensure they are followed.  Define Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for typical laboratory tasks and train work with EHS to train technical team on their use.  Monitor labs for hazards, particularly of electrical or mechanical nature
  • Cleanliness and order – Work with leadership to define owners for specific laboratory areas.  Define expectations for cleanliness and order.  Ensure that protocols are being followed and report out to leadership
  • Ensure Materials are Available – Work with engineers to define frequently used equipment and materials.  Ensure that commonly used materials are in stock.  Place orders proactively as needed.  Communicate frequently with engineers to anticipate needs.
  • Ensure equipment is maintained in proper operating condition 
  • Calibration – Develop and maintain calibration schedule.  Work with engineers and/or external calibration companies to execute calibration without incurring excessive downtime to equipment.
  • Preventative Maintentance – Determine necessary preventative maintenance for equipment.  Identify high-wear components and develop proposal for any spare parts that should be maintained on hand.  Work with external vendors as well as engineers to ensure equipment is maintained in working order.  For high-use equipment such as cyclers, track and report uptime.
  • Equipment Repair – Coordinate equipment repair with vendors or other companies for quick repair to minimize downtime.  Maintain relationships with equipment vendors.
  • Oversee lab OPEX budgets and execute CAPEX plans
  • OPEX Spending – Work with leadership to establish lab budgets for small tools and consumable materials, as well as maintenance and calibration.  Manage budget.
  • CAPEX Execution – Work with leadership to take ownership of capital expenditure plans.  Collaborate with facilities, EHS, and engineering requestors to ensure that CAPEX submissions are complete, including review to ensure they can be successfully installed into the facility and operated. Ensure CAPEX plans are approved on a timely basis, working with engineering leadership, purchasing, and other Rivian stakeholders.  Work with vendors to ensure projects are delivered on time


  • 7+ years of work experience in a laboratory environment.
  • 3+ years managing a laboratory 
  • Demonstrated experience managing financial aspects (CAPEX and OPEX) of a laboratory
  • Safety training and experience required
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Strong communication skills

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rivian is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rivian are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Rivian will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rivian encourages applicants of all ages.


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