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 NPI Project Lead is responsible for managing the production control readiness to commence pre series or variant builds

In this role within production control, you will collaborate with the supply chain, operations, manufacturing engineering team and Launch to ensure the readiness status for Production Control for a given vehicle project. You shall be focused on ensuring the data sets within our ERP and MES systems can support the commencing of manufacturing and that our materials status is clear.

You will collate the NPI status for a specific project and lead that project through to series production providing clear and concise communication in regard to status  


The role will require the need to verify data flows, from PLM to ERP (SAP) and ERP to MES, are correct and represent the intent of the project content.

You will need to be able to articulate MBOM and OBOM readiness and highlight systematic gaps preventing launch team from executing the agreed build plan.   

You will collate a broad spectrum of data points and cohesively communicate what that means to the project, you shall be required to be able to react to program change and to identify systematic impacts for consideration and effectively manage the change once direction is committed

In addition to the Indirect management of NPI change managers, analysts, and technicians the following responsibilities are expected:

  • MBOM Validation & approval (Confirm we have 100 % of the parts released and structured correctly in the SAP MBOM)
  • Provide a consolidate Parts availability status
  • Understand Change Content is captured specific to the program
  • Ensure 100% of project related MCAs are processed and resolve roadblocks
  • All change management check lists are complete, and the build is clear to launch
  • Material Effectivities are accurate in line with the launch plan
  • Verify safe change introduction for all mid-build changes
  • Work closely with the launch team and the vehicle line management team to execute the build
  • Continuously monitor MCA status  
  • Ensure that OBOM management is in place

Throughout the NPI project lead process you will look for opportunities to improve the approach to new product introduction and change management and resulting execution accuracy


Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, Supply Chain or Program Management

5+ Yrs Experience in an Automotive NPI environment

Experience with Engineering Design Changes, Manufacturing process and Supply Chain in a relevant field  

Experience with Materials Requirement Planning “MRP” software such as SAP

Intermediate or above knowledge in Excel, Word, Power point, and Outlook programs

Strong analytical skills and ability to communicate effectively

Ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities

Creative problem-solving skills

Strong team orientation and cross functional attitude

Knowledge of systems interface between Enterprise Resource Planning “ERP” and Manufacturing Execution Systems “MES” preferred

Ability to create and present summary reports


Language, Mathematical, and Reasoning Ability:

Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  

Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Ability to communicate in a high-pressure environment.

Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


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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