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.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the application of finishing layers to exceed requirements for structure and color harmony
  • Lead efforts for material qualification
  • Ensure dual source approvals for all materials
  • Ensure the corrosion guarantee to our customers in met
  • Utilize only the amount of materials required to produce a quality unit. Not one drop more
  • Understand the manufacturing plan and ensure we stay in front of it with equipment and materials
  • Design, procure, and commission advanced manufacturing concepts to meet the business plan
  • Understand where our environmental footprint and constantly strive for improvement for future generations
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  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice processes. Vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance
  • Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on operational activities
  • Implement all relevant procedures described in the Quality Management System (QMS) and ensure compliance
  • Develop in-house systems and procedures to meet the needs of external customers
  • Designing and costing mechanical, process and electrical equipment for a Paint shop
  • Designing and costing facilities and utilities infrastructure for a Paint shop
  • Creating technical specifications for automated manufacturing equipment
  • Utilizing overall project management tools including detailed schedules and budgeting
  • Transitioning products from prototype to production desired
  • Utilizing statistical process control (SPC)
  • Designing and optimizing the software and hardware stack used in a Paint shop

Experience in the following:

  • Detailed knowledge of high volume, high quality assembly processes
  • Leading major modifications of existing production equipment
  • Introducing new products and new processes into a production environment
  • Root causing quality defects & developing solutions to resolve
  • Designing for manufacturability
  • Interfacing with manufacturing execution system software (MES)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities
  • Previous experience in role leading multiple groups of professionals
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills
  • Solidly organized, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Experience in 3D parametric CAD (e.g. SolidWorks, Catia) and 2D layout software (e.g. AutoCAD)
  • Respond to quality issues by putting in containment actions, full analysis, poka-yokes (error proofing), and implementing short-term and long-term countermeasures
  • Update quality documentation and communicate to carry forward lessons learned from quality concerns in new customer contracts
  • Ensure that plant schedule for vehicle builds is fulfilled by operation deliverables
  • Introduce new systems and procedures where appropriate
  • Undertake internal and process audits of the Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Establish and refine quality sign-off instructions, standards and documentation
  • Report against agreed quality metrics
  • In conjunction with the Supplier Quality Assurance function, reduce the effect of non-conforming supplier materials on the production area quality
  • Produce written reports and make presentations
  • Undertake continuous training and development
  • Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems
  • Identify business improvement opportunities within the organization
  • Identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required
  • Develop, implement and manage key performance indicators (KPIs) for each area of responsibility
  • Help set department objectives/KPIs and review and assess ongoing performance of direct reports
  • Ensure KPIs are met
  • Input and hold responsibility for team budgets
  • Responsible for achieving budget and forecast
  • Comply with the Health, Safety and Environmental Policies
  • Support encourage and develop team
  • Proactively contribute to creating a good team atmosphere
  • Anticipates and overcomes obstacles
  • Makes useful links to arrive at insightful plans and solutions
  • Embraces personal challenge
  • Confident, rounded thinking
  • Takes ownership for team cohesion
  • Is resilient, optimistic, and open to change
  • A self-starter, motivated and able to positively motivate others
  • Focused, target driven with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Ensure the delivery of the People Strategy within area of accountability
  • Manage, coach, and develop a high performing team that meets agreed objectives, and which delivers best practice results, added value and continuous improvements
  • Manage and lead the team, ensuring adequate staffing levels
  • Motivate and coach the team to operational success
  • Monitor the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems
  • Review, implement and update company records e.g. training matrices, performance reviews, risk assessments
  • Communicate KPIs from the strategic annual plan so that each employee is aware
  • Provide technical expertise to the team
  • Manage contractors on site to ensure they meet legal and company requirements

Qualifications

  • BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years of combined career experience as a leader of engineers, as a manager of engineering projects, and as a hands-on industrial/manufacturing/process engineer working on Paint manufacturing processes and/or equipment
  • Cross-functional operations in a manufacturing setting
  • Experience of dealing with customers and suppliers
  • Creative problem-solving 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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