Project Manager, Production Construction



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 Project Manager, Production Construction works closely with the broader Facilities team and multiple cross-functional partners, leading Facilities construction projects to ensure all financial, administrative, contractual, and technical aspects of multiple projects are being executed as required. Product types associated with this role may include, but are not limited to, sitework, core and shell, TI, other modifications of manufacturing and manufacturing support facilities. Construction often occurs during ongoing operation.


The Project Manager, Production Construction reports to either the Manager, Construction or Senior Manager, Construction. This position oversees one or more projects of elevated complexity and is expected to fulfill the role of Project Owner and/or Senior Project Owner with direct responsibility for successful delivery of projects within the Rivian Production portfolio. The Project Manager, Construction is a leader on the Production Construction team and actively collaborates with all project team members, stakeholders, end users and leadership. It is expected that the Project Manager, Construction will be on site for all active projects under their responsibility. 


In addition to project delivery responsibilities, the Project Manager, Construction is an expert in administering process and may be called upon to assist in defining processes and procedures for the overall improvement of project delivery at Rivian.


  • Provide project oversight to ensure quality and have direct responsibility over the work product of the project team(s)
  • Ensure all projects are in conformance with established schedule, budget, quality, and safety criteria always
  • Directly responsible for achieving the stated KPI’s established at project kick-off through project completion and turn-over
  • Develop and implement strategies to mitigate risk and increase efficiency on individual projects
  • Strategically resolve project issues by coordinating solutions at the team level when possible -Prepare materials to escalate decisions when needed
  • Take initiative to create, recommend and implement project improvements
  • Oversee contractor and vendor contracts, including thorough review of and input into RFP documents and the overall procurement process, ensuring contractors and vendors are delivering on contract requirements, ensuring timely administration of PO issuance, invoice payment and contract closeout
  • Accountable for comprehensive Cost/Schedule management and forecasting utilizing Rivian tools and templates
  • Regularly communicate project health (budget, schedule, quality)
  • Support Rivian safety vision and ensure compliance with all safety rules, policies and procedures by your team and contractors at the Plant
  • Provide mentorship to more junior level project managers and members of adjacent teams
  • Participate in team building and promote cross-functional engagement to allow for our teams to integrate and get to know each other, beyond a simple working relationship
  • Develop, maintain and manage detailed project cost tracker - partner with Project Controls
  • Lead or have direct input into PES/financial approvals
  • Process invoices, change orders and other contractual cost mechanisms timely each month. Review and vet change requests prior to requesting other internal review or approval - partner with CapEx and/or Purchasing
  • Develop project schedule and perform regular reviews to confirm alignment with actual project progress - partner with Project Controls
  • Lead resolution of schedule risk/slippage
  • Manage and be primary point of contact for contractor and vendor contracts, including ensuring contract deliverables are received and overseeing quality of work performed - partner with CapEx and/or Purchasing
  • Coordinate field work. Over communicate logistics plans, particularly in active areas - partner with Operations
  • Verify field work - partner with Design and CaCx Team
  • Provide design document reviews and provide constructability and construction logistics expertise - partner with Design
  • Communicate project updates, risks, action items - Lead or have direct input into Slack and FOS updates
  • Identify and engage all potential stakeholders
  • Point of contact for communication with contractors and vendors


  • Have 5+ years of experience in delivery of construction projects – college degree in construction management and/or engineering related field desired.
  • Demonstrate a breadth of experience in complex project types and delivery methods - experience in construction in operating manufacturing environments is preferred
  • Possess the ability to prioritize between multiple responsibilities and project issues
  • Be a clear and concise communicator
  • Be knowledgeable in the theory, principles, and practices of construction
  • Demonstrate analytical skills, including the ability to negotiate with contractors and consultants
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills
  • Lead projects “the Rivian way,” providing professional influence on the work exemplifying respect, leadership, collaboration, commitment, vision, and teamwork
  • Exhibit sphere of influence across project teams, end users and contractors
  • Be perceptive in determining when to zoom out and when to get into details
  • Support and provide “customer service mentality” for multiple internal stakeholders effectively
  • Lead a project team in effectively solving problems and conflicts
  • Lead by example and over deliver on commitments
  • Make objective decisions and provide direction to project teams
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for resolving challenges
  • Identify areas of opportunity for improvement and lead new workflow and process maps to alleviate pain points that the team are experiencing
  • Ability to organize large amounts of information into digestible, verbal, and visual forms of communication
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills to support decisions and recommendations, including the skills to communicate to leadership
  • Manage multiple projects and issues effectively
  • Exhibit proficiency in industry standard collaboration tools (i.e. Bluebeam, ACC, Smartsheet, Procore, etc.)

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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