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 what you’ll do:

  • Reliability is at the core of Electric Adventure Vehicles. As the Manager of the Materials Engineering team, you will play a key role in ensuring reliable products are produced and that robust manufacturing processes are employed.
  • You will lead materials selection, qualification, and innovation for all Rivian products from the vehicle to component level.
  • Help expand the scope and cross functional relationships of the Materials Engineering team to maximize the impact to the Rivian business.

Core responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and vision to a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers.
  • Lead the Materials Engineering team in their core areas of responsibility:
    • Materials Selection
    • Incoming Materials Standards
    • Materials Qualification
    • Corrosion Mitigation
    • Innovation
    • Materials Testing
    • Materials Processing
  • Identify key areas for growth in the existing team and develop and execute on a thorough, milestone driven, plan to maximize the impact of the team. Lead hiring and growth plan for scale.
  • Be the main point of contact for the Materials Engineering team and foster strong cross functional group relationships to ensure that the Materials Engineering support needs of the company are being met both proactively and reactively.
  • Drive innovation in the fields of materials and manufacturing methods:
    • Sustainability/recyclability/carbon footprint
    • Development and introduction of new and novel materials & standards for their qualification
    • Support in the development of new and novel manufacturing methods, and determination of suitability of new and existing materials for these methods
  • Lead internal and external outreach to define the needs for Materials Engineering support and maintain a constant dialogue on the existing and growing capabilities of team.
  • Develop and maintain a project tracking system to facilitate efficient resource sharing and track turnaround time on projects.
  • Facilitate a close working relationship with the Failure Analysis team and labs in Irvine, CA and Normal, IL. Coordinate and manage resources (equipment and people) needed for Materials Engineering projects.
  • Conduct and oversee the creation of Materials Engineering presentations and reports with exceptional visualizations and direct the communication and presentation of findings to project teams.
  • Lead, and facilitate team members to lead, executive reviews related to Materials Engineering projects.  

this is what you’ll need:

  • Minimum Masters in Materials Science/Engineering. PhD preferred.
  • 5 years’ experience managing teams of engineers or technicians in a laboratory and/or production setting in the automotive industry.
  • Experience enforcing workflow and turn-around time requirements for projects; establishing and maintaining budgets; purchasing and installation of equipment, coordinating with facilities and manufacturing/plant staff.
  • Experience working with a wide range of engineering materials from metals, to polymers and adhesives, to glass and ceramics.
  • Hands on experience with materials characterization techniques such as optical microscopy, SEM, EDS, hardness testing, environmental tensile testing, sample X-sectioning & etching, and fractography is required.
  • Experience with techniques such as 3D CT-scanning, 2D X-ray, XRF, FTIR, dye penetration & magnaflux, mechanical testing, and highly accelerated lifetime testing (HALT) is a plus.
  • Lead and oversee driving corrective actions identified as a result of Materials Engineering projects that are necessary to mitigate the risk of future failures.
  • Experience effectively presenting and communicating highly complex technical information in a manner appropriate to a variety of audiences, from the fellow scientist to the executive level.
  • Experience in the automotive industry, and familiarity with vehicle systems and materials and corrosion challenges in the automotive industry is a must.
  • A desire to create a respectful, fun, inclusive and inspiring team and company culture is a must!

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.

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