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 Director, Privacy Operations will help design and implement Rivian’s privacy compliance operations function worldwide.  Rivian’s Director, Privacy Operations will report to the Senior Director, Ethics and Compliance and leader of the Ethics & Compliance function.  You will, interface directly with corporate and operational leadership to develop, implement, maintain, and ensure a best-in-class data privacy compliance program and help manage risk mitigation throughout the organization.

  • Lead Rivian’s privacy operations team to implement global privacy law requirements, mitigate associated risk and propagate a culture of privacy throughout Rivian’s worldwide business and operations.
  • Provide strategic guidance and regular feedback to the Senior Director, Ethics and Compliance regarding the design and operation of Rivian’s privacy operations, key risks and issues, emerging trends, and the adequacy and effectiveness of the compliance program operations.
  • Develop strong partnerships with internal business clients across Rivian, including Legal, Operations, Engineering, Risk and Regulatory to develop planning and implementation systems that support compliance objectives.
  • Work collaboratively with Data Security, Information Technology, People Team and other key stakeholders to further Rivian’s data privacy goals and objectives.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, controls, documentation, and guidance addressing Rivian’s data collection, use and retention.
  • Manage Rivian’s data governance committees including overseeing associated documentation and implementation measures.
  • Oversee data privacy training and other initiatives aimed at ensuring awareness, understanding and compliance with Rivian’s data privacy obligations.
  • Oversee consumer and employee data request/data subject access request process consistent with legal requirements and best practices.
  • Develop appropriate data privacy due diligence actions and risk assessments for Rivian’s external partners and service providers, which includes implementing a third-party data sharing privacy and risk mitigation strategy.
  • Manage legal and compliance risk by anticipating and detecting potential exposure, implementing, or expanding preventive measures to ensure compliance.
  • Prepare detailed reporting on Rivian’s privacy program deliverables and objectives.
  • Increase employee awareness, actively promote the importance of data privacy throughout the entire organization.
  • Design and lead enterprise-wide data privacy assessments to identify key compliance risks, ensure compliance 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 compliance-related policies and procedures.


This is what you'll need:

  • 8-12+ years of proven privacy operational 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 compliance expertise.
  • Knowledge of all applicable global data privacy laws and requirements including the CCPA and GDPR with experience spotting emerging trends and new and evolving issues.
  • Experience with data privacy compliance training and oversight, and a track record of implementing and creating a proactive compliance culture in which compliance and business objectives are mutually reinforcing.
  • Deep understanding of key data privacy principles and best practices and how to implement them.
  • Experience developing data privacy risk assessments and gap analysis consistent with applicable data privacy law and best practices.
  • 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 data privacy compliance matters preferred.
  • CIPP Certification 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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