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.

This is who you are:

You are self-motivated, confident, intuitive individual with superior interpersonal skills, have great communication skills, write clearly and concisely, and thrive in challenging and fast-paced environments.


This is what you’ll do:

The Sr. Manager, Ethics will help design and implement Rivian’s ethics function worldwide.  Rivian’s Sr. Manager, Ethics will report to the Senior Director, Ethics and Compliance, the leader of the company’s Ethics & Compliance function.  You will interface directly with corporate and operational leadership to develop, implement, maintain, and ensure a culture of ethics and help manage risk mitigation throughout the organization. In addition you will work on the following: 

  • Continue the development and implementation of a “best in class” ethics program designed to propagate a culture of ethics throughout Rivian’s worldwide business and operations. Areas of focus include: Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Conflict of Interest, Gifts and Hospitality, Ethics Hotline Oversight, Investigations Oversight and Reporting, Reward Program, Exit Interview Oversight, Communications, Business Ethical Champions, Training and Education, and Tone at the Top and in the Middle.
  • Increasing employee awareness and actively promoting the importance of ethics throughout the entire organization.
  • Using both internal and external resources, including Legal, People, Regulatory and Information Technology subject matter experts to find efficient solutions, look at new perspectives and share best practices.
  • Design and lead enterprise-wide and function-specific risk assessments to identify key ethics risks, ensure ethics controls are designed and operating to mitigate those risks, ensure effective monitoring and testing, and ensure appropriate and clear action plans are taken to identify, remediate and prevent violations of ethics-related policies and procedures.
  • Design, implement, and monitor controls across all areas of Rivian’s business and operations to mitigate the risk of unethical and improper conduct.
  • Implement and oversee training to ensure awareness, understanding and compliance with the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and other ethics policies and procedures, including both initial training and annual refreshers and updates.
  • Work with other members of the Ethics and Compliance organization to develop and implement programs and processes to ensure appropriate compliance by suppliers, corporate partners and other third parties.
  • Assist with ethics-related audits and inspections from external parties, and ensure findings are remediated appropriately.
  • Provide strategic guidance and regular feedback to the Senior Director, Ethics and Compliance regarding the design and operation of Rivian’s ethics program, key risks and issues, emerging trends, and the adequacy and effectiveness of ethics program operations and resourcing.
  • Develop strong partnerships with internal business clients across Rivian, including Legal, Operations, Engineering, Risk and Regulatory to develop planning and implementation systems that support ethics objectives.
  • Ensure that appropriate internal and external investigations are conducted independently and in collaboration with other internal stakeholders and, as necessary, with outside counsel.
  • Assist in scaling the ethics function with the growth of Rivian and identify when additional resources are needed.

This is what you’ll need:

  • 8-12+ years of proven ethics/compliance/risk controls experience in multinational, complex fast-growing global organizations, preferably involving technology and manufacturing.
  • J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school or equivalent and an active member in good standing of the California Bar or eligible to practice as a California registered in-house counsel. Non-lawyers will also be considered, provided they have a track record of ethics/compliance expertise.
  • Knowledge of all applicable significant regulatory compliance requirements and ethics issues, with experience spotting emerging trends and new and evolving issues.
  • Experience with ethics or compliance training and oversight, and a track record of implementing and creating a proactive ethics or compliance culture in which ethics, compliance and business objectives are mutually reinforcing.
  • Experience developing risk assessments.
  • Experience managing responses to government and regulatory inquiries, investigations, subpoenas, and examinations and other significant points of contact related to compliance issues is strongly preferred.
  • Global experience with proven results in dealing with operations in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of preparing reports for senior management.
  • Communications, negotiation, analytical, organizational, project management, strategic and operational planning skills with an effective ability to quickly establish credibility, trust, and support within all levels of the organization.
  • Experience interacting and maintaining relationships with key business stakeholders and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team in a dynamic, rapidly changing workplace.
  • Excellent multicultural communicator, persuader, enabler, who takes difficult issues and conversations proactively and in a manner that establishes and preserves confidence and trust.
  • Strong background in complex ethics and compliance matters preferred.
  • Broad knowledge in the field of ethics and/or compliance.
  • Multilingual a plus.
  • Strong analytical ability and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to successfully work with all levels of the organization.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office 360 Suite.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high stress, team environment.
  • Ability to travel, as required.
  • A commitment to teamwork, collaboration, and professionalism.

This is where you’ll work:

Department: Legal

Location: Irvine, CA

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at accessibility@rivian.com.


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