Lead Chassis Engineer, Tires



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. 


  • Candidate will be responsible for project management and engineering deliverables for the development of PCR / LTR tires
  • Technically lead tire programs and demonstrate leadership during tire strategic and concept phase discussions
  • Design and implement tire component and systems, integrating with chassis component systems from concept to production
  • Capture vehicle level tire related requirements & attributes, and deliver against those targets.
  • Seek solutions to technical challenges & problem solve issues arising during the tire development & in serial production (with tire and assembly)
  • Ensure tire component and subsystems meet all markets into which Rivian vehicles will be offered.
  • Develop and write Tire Design and Develop Rivian standards and guidelines.
  • Utilize knowledge and experience gained from working within tire development in conjunction with lean principles to enhance the tire offering for future vehicles at Rivian.
  • Operate as a standalone role and responsible for owning program specific tire chassis deliverables
  • Deliver technical presentations, recommendations and solutions relating to tire development to executive leadership.
  • Scout and contribute towards tire technology roadmap.
  • Create and develop engineering specification packages that effectively communicate to internal and external partners to ensure products meet given project parameters.
  • Understand, interpret and ensure tire related local, regional and international homologation requirements are met.
  • Maintain and manage tire component and vehicle level sub system design verification requirements & testing.
  • Complete and release tire and/or tire wheel assembly documentation, including 2D drawings
  • Manage designed parts in the virtual environment and support virtual build and release activities
  • Develop collaborative relationships with tire suppliers & tire assemblers, and manage them to deliver projects on time and to specification
  • Supporting initial tire submissions, working alongside the Vehicle Dynamics Team, translating vehicle level requirements into tire component requirements, planning and implementation of measures.
  • Effectively balance multiple projects, responsibilities, and tasks simultaneously
  • Discuss, understand and meet tire attributes requirements with internal stakeholders
  • Meet program timing & budget constraints whilst achieving vehicle dynamic, crash, aero, NVH and chassis attribute targets
  • Define validation procedures to ensure only optimized, integrated and robust designs are released
  • Travel as necessary to support tire testing, supplier visits & production engineering support


  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s Degree in Automotive, Mechanical or Motorsport engineering required
  • Minimum 5 years Tire design and/or development experience required at Tire Supplier or OEM
  • Must be familiar with DFMEA/DVPR usage and review of these documents
  • Must be familiar with the use of tire models to predict and design in simulation environments.
  • Experience using CAD (ideally CATIA V6) required
  • Solid fundamental knowledge of chassis design, vehicle dynamics, wheel & tire alignment, tire uniformity and tire design contributors to vehicle level performance
  • Understanding of wheel & tire design standards & code (ETRTO, TR&A etc) & homologation
  • Candidates should be self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Candidates should have the ability to manage multiple tire projects at the same time
  • Candidates should have strong leadership qualities to drive and encourage success throughout the team.
  • Must be confident to make technical recommendations based on experience, data & research.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to interact effectively with domestic and international teammates & suppliers.
  • Must be a self-starter, use initiative and engineering judgement.
  • Ability to interpret data and solve complex problems using first principles.

Pay Disclosure

Salary range for 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 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 candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

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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. 


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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