Staff Model Build Analyst



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

The model build team is responsible for delivery of all CAE models to our structural attribute teams. The model build manager ensures all deliverables of the team are met and team structure and resource are in place to deliver. Including: 


Team responsibilities include: 

  • Construct and maintain high-quality FEA models for all structural simulations, including crash, NVH, durability, closures, and other simulations. 
  • Ensure the CAE Model is of high quality and kept up-to-date with the latest engineering CAD releases and in-house modeling guidelines.
  • Follow work plans for significant milestone evaluations about CAE model creation and update systems/subsystems models accordingly. Ensure quality and on-time delivery of master models at major checkpoints.
  • Developing and improving workflows and processes to increase efficiency, improve quality and reduce timing.
  • Financial awareness to ensure the outsourcing model continues to deliver value for Rivian. 


 As team lead you will be responsible for all aspect of planning, management, and delivery of this team.

  • Manage the internal and external teams to deliver all model build activities  

  • Ensure the appropriate levels of resource and skills are available to maintain timing and quality to support our engineering teams. Maintain a work request database to track open project requirements and planned builds to prioritize future workflows.  

  • Drive continuous improvement in our process by liaising with attribute teams to maintain best practice guidelines for the modelling teams. Monitor issues and delays with existing deliveries and update processes to prevent recurrences. Review correlation activities within the attribute teams to collect learning and incorporate this into best practice guidelines.  

  • Streamline our model build process by identifying synergies in the models required for each attribute team. 

  • Capture feedback from our offshore team regarding issues with CAD quality to guide CAD readiness reviews for future builds.  

  • Develop plans to offshore standardized analysis activities, for new model builds, to enable the onshore team to focus on detailed engineering solutions.  

  • Identify opportunities for automation and work with the whole team to implement these in a robust fashion. 

  • Integrate model delivery with our simulation database tool. 

  • Reduce cost and time to deliver whilst improving quality.  


  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Engineering, Engineering Technology, or equivalent experience 

  • 2 - 5 years in a role with similar responsibilities or as subsystem CAE lead. 

  • Skilled with simulation data management systems and PLM. 

  • Highly experienced in CAE model build for Automotive components / subsystems / full vehicles 

  • Proficient in CATIA and Beta CAE products is a must; skills in using Oasys Primer, LS-PrePost, Altair Hyperworks and other CAE pre-and post-processors are highly desired 

  • Proficient in LS Dyna / Optistruct / Abaqus/ ADAMS and practical understanding for NVH/Durability/Crash simulation are highly desired 

  • Automation Development and Scripting using Python are preferred. 

  • Good knowledge of EV and Automotive Structures, FEM and understanding of engineering fundamentals 

  • Excellent communication skills to ensure customer needs are understood and expressed clearly to support teams. 

  • Strong planning, management, and delivery skills to ensure customer satisfaction.

Pay Disclosure

Salary range for California Based Applicants: $168,000-$193,000 (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.

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

Candidate Data Privacy

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. 


Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


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