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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. 

Job Summary:

Join a comprehensive team designing, developing, and manufacturing the next generation Li-ion battery cells for Rivian. As a quality engineer you will work cross-functionally with internal teams and external suppliers to develop critical specifications and standards, conduct cell failure and root cause analysis, and provide feedback for manufacturing improvement.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in design reviews to ensure product quality, manufacturing quality, and reliability will meet the expectations of target customers.
  • Design and conduct DOEs for failure analysis and validation testing and report/present findings in an efficient way.
  • Evaluate the effects of parts and process variability on system performance using statistical tolerancing and other methods on both pilot scales and mass production scales.
  • Support process capability analyses to evaluate the ability of suppliers and manufacturing processes to meet defined specifications and quality standards on both pilot scales and mass production scales.
  • Plan, develop, and communicate quality requirements, control plans, and test standards with cross functional teams on both pilot scales and mass production scales.
  • Identify and manage non-conforming material across electrode, assembly, and formation to improve defect rates and to ensure specifications are met for downstream customers including the module and pack teams.
  • Analyze cell cycling parameters and output data for life cycle performance.
  • Manage and facilitate the root cause and corrective actions systems through tracking and validation of issues.
  • Prepare failure analysis reports with visualizations and direct the communication and presentation of findings to project teams and at executive reviews.
  • Act as the last gate to ensure cells meet the intended product characteristics with a strong understanding of the processes and their data outputs.
  • Contribute towards the continuous improvement of data-driven quality inspection methods and quality control methods.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor/Masters/PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or similar technical field
  • 2+years of experience in Lithium-ion battery manufacturing OR 2+ years of experience in Lithium-ion battery research/engineering (postgraduate) with knowledge on cell manufacturing process
  • Able to work as a team and independently.
  • Knowledge of industry standards and QMS: ISO9001, IATF16949, APQP, PPAP, 5Why, 8D, FTA
  • Familiarity with software and programs such as JMP or Minitab, JIRA/Confluence, Microsoft Office, and manufacturing execution systems.
  • Hands on experience in Li-ion cell (pouch, cylindrical and prismatic) tear-down, failure, post-mortem and root-cause analysis.
  • Hands on experience or working knowledge of characterization techniques including SEM/EDS, CT, XRF, FTIR, GC-MS, XPS, XRD, IC, TGA, DSC, light microscope.
  • Hands on experience in analyzing cell cycling, electrochemical measurement data, and material characterization results using statistical tools and working cross-functionally with materials, manufacturing, and equipment engineering teams to solve issues and enhance metrology to prevent potential failures.
  • Comfortable influencing cross-functional teams for material, design, and process selection.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to query and analyze large datasets using SQL, JMP, Minitab, MATLAB, Python or similar programs to make data driven decisions pertaining to manufacturing data, cell performance data, and materials characterization data is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with software such as JAMA, PLM, and LIMS.
  • Specialized knowledge of electrochemistry (CV, EIS, PITT, GITT, HPPC, etc.) and lithium-ion batteries is required and experience in failure analysis is desirable.
  • Critical problem-solving skills: ability to ask the right people, the right questions at the right time in the right way
  • Detail oriented: ability to become subject matter expert in order to make informed decisions
  • Curiosity: demonstrate level of interest that enables inventiveness 
  • Execution: demonstrate that follow through is given as much attention as problem solving
  • Capable of working as a member of a team across several cross functional disciplines, including product design, quality, construction, production, supply chain, controls, external vendors etc.

Salary Range for California Based Applicants: $125,000 - $144,000 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law).

Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums. 

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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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