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. 

Role Summary

The Lead, Construction Cost Manager is responsible for implementingmanaging and maintaining cost control systems for all Rivian facilities projects. In this role, you will use existing workflows while also creating new workflows to ensure project costs are recorded and tracked per Rivian standards. The Lead, Construction Cost Manager may also assist in preparing cost estimates and perform quantity survey. The role shall support the project team by using the historical cost database, market trends and any other means to ensure changes are properly and fairly priced. 


  • Establish cost controls & change management for use by project management throughout the lifecycle of a project 
  • Ensure accurate and up to date cost tracking throughout the life cycle of the project 
  • Provide cost analysis and benchmarking studies to help drive project decisions from project inception to project closeout 
  • Perform studies to better understand market conditions for both domestic and international projects 
  • Proactively estimate projects based on unit cost estimates and unique site conditions while providing both conceptual and programmatic estimates as well as detailed estimates. 
  • Provide informed suggestions with pricing for cost reduction 
  • Compile project-specific data from real estate, design, and construction teams in early phases of project development.  
  • Identify areas where project-specific data is insufficient, and complete research as necessary to fill gaps. 
  • Review contractor bids in detail to ensure that all pricing is accurate and in Rivian standard format. Request subcontractor backup where needed to confirm costs and understand bid at a detailed level.  
  • Assist in building contractor database at a national level; reach out to general contractors and relevant subcontractors for early pre-qualification before project kick off.  
  • Engage, liaise, coordinate with the various stakeholders and departments for Facilities Construction projects (e.g. Workplace, Manufacturing, Retail, etc.); “The Customers” 
  • Learn, understand, and use all Rivian policies, procedures and software systems 


  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture or a related subject and a minimum  of 5 years of increasingly responsible construction estimating experience 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; must be able to communicate between internal Design, Real Estate, and Construction teams, as well as external contractors. Able to build and maintain strong working relationships  
  • Quantity takeoff skill. Able to quantify projects both at a high level or perform a detailed takeoff if needed 
  • Strong attention to detail; able to thoroughly review plans, contractor estimates, and scopes of work   
  • Capable of independent action with minimal direction ; can determine daily actions based on high level team goals  
  • Highly effective negotiation skills 
  • Thorough understanding of construction administration processes, including contracts, budgets, construction documents, change orders, schedules, RFIs, submittals, and material procurement. 
  • Proficient in the use of standard business software applications (MS Word, Excel, Outlook)  
  • Proficient time management and organization skills 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office environment.  However, there are occasions when duties require a presence on-site at the construction work site where the employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions and risk of electrical shock.  The noise in these work environments is usually moderate to very loud. 
  • Performance of the required duties will occasionally require physical ability to climb permanent and temporary stairs, ability to climb ladders and negotiate work areas under construction.  
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  
  • Employees must be within a commutable distance to a Rivian workplace location (or future location) and expected to report there on a regular cadence with the hiring manager.


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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