Senior Process Engineer, NPI Materials



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 Senior NPI Materials Process Engineer will lead the analysis, design and implementation of material flow projects in Rivian Pilot Production facility. This role requires strong industrial engineering fundamentals and the ability to apply first principles thinking to design material handling systems. Under the supply chain and logistics organization NPI is responsible for the oversight, standardization, and technical leadership of the internal material handling operations at the Rivian Pilot Production facility. The NPI PE position is responsible for engineering and executing the internal logistics flow of parts through a specific plant to the production line. This position will be responsible for the development and design of internal material delivery processes. Must be comfortable working and communicating with stakeholders. Candidate will develop business solutions to support operations through process analysis, time studies, work balancing, etc.


  • In this front-line role, you will have a hand in improving current processes, partnering with cross functional teams and work through high-level problem solving to meet KPIs
  • Responsible for engineering and implementing the Plan for Every Part including all container and packaging specifications, storage and staging layouts, processing areas and replenishment processes
  • Responsible for leading the implementation of operational process across the value stream in a manufacturing or distribution facility
  • Provides hands on execution and coaching of the lean principles (Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, 5S, Standard Work, Line/Cell Design, Single Piece Flow, Material Flow, Visual Management, Root Cause Problem Solving, etc.) and tools to eliminate waste in all operations functions
  • Provides Continuous Improvement solutions to solve complex Material Flow issues
  • Coach others to develop and implement Continuous Improvement solutions to solve complex process issues
  • Develop, document, and implement standard work to provide a basis of continuous improvement
  • Continuous Improvement - Uses KPI's to create reliable/sustainable improvements, drives standard work, focuses on process
  • Engineers all end-to-end Material Flows from supplier receipt to lineside delivery in order to efficiently meet production requirements
  • Designs optimized layouts for material storage and processing for multiple warehouse site and all manufacturing areas
  • Conducts time studies to determine headcount and equipment requirements in order to define department budget forecasts
  • Manages all container, dolly, and packaging requirements and organizes reviews and buyoffs of prototype units during pilot builds
  • Maintains the Production Control Plan for Every Part database, including standard packaging data and all material flow attributes
  • Leads Continuous Improvement projects to improve efficiency of material handling processes and drive cost reductions
  • Interfaces with plant facility or service provider to schedule and coordinate equipment preventative maintenance
  • Liaisons with platform containerization and logistics


  • Must have excellent communication skills – both verbal and written
  • Significant experience using CATIA/ENOVIA
  • Experience and/or Knowledge in DOE, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerance, Torque Tooling, Error Proofing, and PFMEA
  • Experience and/or certification in Six Sigma DMAIC (optional), Lean Assembly Principles, Time Studies using MTM or MODAPTS
  • Working knowledge in Excel, Word, Power point, and Outlook programs
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong team orientation and cross functional attitude
  • Kaizen, 5S, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma etc. experience is a plus
  • 4+ yeas of engineering experience in a high-volume manufacturing operation, preferably automotive

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $107,000 - $123,000 (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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