Manager, Mechatronics



Job Description

About Rivian

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

In this role, the Mechatronics Design Manager will manage a group of DRE deliver Surface-A electronics in OEM or JDM development models for current and next generation of Rivian electric vehicles. This means, you and your team will be the domain/product owner within the functional group accountable with a “cradle to grave” approach to design & development, testing & launch for power systems, along with supporting the commercial & timing activities.


  • Lead a team of DRE on collaborative development of body, power components/systems including interface with engineering, manufacturing, studio design, quality, and customer experience teams.
  • Team is responsible for system-level definition, and functional requirements from ME, EE, SW and also support EE, SW architecture design and integration at both component and system level. Integral liaison between hardware, applications team, and core CFTs
  • Design electronics systems with actuator, and sensor applications. Lead development of mechatronic systems through system “V” development for the concept to launch with design reviews and CFT signoffs.
  • Domain/working knowledge of SW controls, EE, Electronics, and expertise in development, testing, and validation methods of mechatronics systems
  • Develop component and system design, functional, EOL specifications, detailed test methods, and system-level DFMEA, DV, PV for complex mechatronic systems.
  • Analytical development using model-based design, MBSE/MBD simulation toolsets, MIL/SIL/HIL and use extensive problem-solving methods for debugging, and issue resolution.
  • Developing and managing your system, subsystem, and component part information through the Enovia PLM to Catia V6 environment. Support component release and systems throughout the program lifecycle, including concept design, supplier engagement, BOM management, simulation analysis, prototyping builds, validation testing, and production support.
  • Develop and maintain Best Practices: Design Standards, Test Procedures, Technical Specifications, etc.
  • Develop and maintain standard Quality Documents: DFMEA, PFMEA, Control Plan, etc.


  • BS + 6 years or MS + 4 years or PhD +3 years or equivalent experience in electrical engineering or related field.
  • Develop and maintain standard Quality Documents: DFMEA, PFMEA, Control Plan, etc.
  • Minimum 3 years managing a high-performance team of Design/DRE engineers
  • Clear understanding of the 1st principle physics of mechatronics system – loads, forces, current, voltage and overall function of the system, and the tradeoffs among design, package, function, and customer experience involved with these systems.
  • Ability to manage issues to closure involving all necessary teams, adapt quickly to program changes, and propose continuous process improvement changes.
  • Knowledge of an automotive design and development process, system requirements, and general engineering best practices
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with a high level of integrity
  • Ability to deliver under pressure and manage component design & development within cost, weight, and timing constraints.
  • Willingness to travel to suppliers, manufacturing, and testing facilities as required throughout product development.
  • Understanding of automotive Safety requirements
  • Mixed Signal background preferred
  • End-to-end product design/development from prototyping to mass production experience
  • Have a fine eye for details, yet the ability to ‘zoom out’ and see the big picture



Pay Disclosure

Salary Range California-Based Applicants: $150,000 – $173,000 (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 adequate on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums.

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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Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 


Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 


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