Senior Lead, Construction (MEP)



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 Lead, Construction (MEP) will assist with Design, Construction, Operations, and Purchasing managers and will assist facilities construction teams on multiple projects to ensure all financial, administrative, contractual, and technical aspects of multiple projects are being executed as required. Facilities associated with this role are the CUP, switchyard, data centers and all utilities all tied to our second manufacturing plant in Social Circle, GA


  • Work with Senior Manager of Facilities Construction to anticipate team needs and project headcount.
  • Manage to schedule and estimation team as needed to verify that all projects have integrated P6 schedules and those projects are successfully and accurately represented.
  • Drive schedule acceleration and value engineering initiatives to ensure project goals are achieved.
  • Manage and deliver MEP projects, e.g., HVAC systems, mechanical piping, static mechanical equipment, utility and process equipment, life safety systems (fire alarm and fire suppression), electrical protection and distribution systems, instrumentation and controls, and programming and system integration.
  • Guide the project design and engineering teams to ensure constructability, commissioning, quality, cost, and schedule goals are achieved.
  • Develop work plans, and help in overseeing the performance of Construction Manager at Risk, and work with them to develop the MEP standards for the project.
  • Set up reporting standards to ensure internal and external project teams are being monitored for compliance with schedule, budget, quality, safety, and overall conformance with the contract documents
  • Project responsibility covers from concept (via Operations/Real Estate managers), design, construction, and beyond to include handover to operations, closeout, and ongoing warranty & maintenance
  • Review contract documents and monitor procurement, pre-bid conferences, and evaluations
  • Coordinate activities with other Rivian staff, departments, and public agencies
  • Resolve field construction problems in coordination with engineering staff, third parties, and other agencies as necessary
  • Lead progress meetings, develop status reports, and deliver presentations to stakeholders, in particular the end user.
  • Recommend policy and procedure improvements
  • Assist in negotiating with contractors regarding changes to the design, construction work scope, and schedules
  • Support Rivian safety vision and comply with all safety rules, policies, and procedures


  • A Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, or construction management is preferred; five (5) years of managing project
    teams, and ten (10) years of leadership experience managing construction projects of similar size and complexity. Cell or semiconductor manufacturing experience is encouraged.
  • Background in industrial, manufacturing, or commercial construction and familarity with code compliance and building occupancy.
  • Understands interdependent utility integration from design through construction, commissioning, and turnover.
  • Familiar with systemization and turnover sequences to support facility startup.
  • Capable of independent action with minimal direction; can determine daily actions based on high-level team goals.
  • Thorough understanding of construction administration processes, including contracts, budgets, construction documents, change orders, schedules, RFIs, submittals, and material procurement.
  • Lead a construction team “the Rivian way,” providing professional influence on the work exemplifying respect, leadership, commitment, vision, and teamwork.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and provide leadership in the execution of complex, fast-paced, and/or unorthodox construction projects.
  • Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of construction.
  • Knowledge of multiple project delivery methodologies, including; design/bid/build, design/build, GMP, and cost-plus, and partner with Finance / Purchasing on best methods needed per project.
  • Ability to delegate and manage multiple PMs effectively, including the ability to train PMs to Rivian office and field quality standards.
  • Ability to assess the operational effectiveness of contractors and subcontractors.
  • Possesses written and oral communication skills to support decisions and recommendations while also conducting meetings and provide effective leadership to construction team members.
  • Conduct walks through the facility with a focus on project status, manpower, quality of completed works, and forward-looking schedule reviews to ensure site readiness
  •  Lead project-specific quality walks to train and maintain project teams on Rivian completion standards and ensure cross-project standards alignment for total build plan consistency.
  • Ensure actionable feedback on all meetings and quality walks is broadcasted to all key team members and that relevant updates are transitioned fully back to the Basis of Design (BOD) or into other active projects as needed.
  • Monitor and review budgets within established parameters.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret technical materials accurately and effectively.
  • Strong knowledge of construction and engineering drawings and specifications and submittal and RFI processes related to effective project management.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and analytical skills.
  • The physical demands associated with the duties and responsibilities described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job. This includes the ability to spend extended hours walking construction sites and traveling to different project sites and offices
  • The work environment described herein is representative of those an employee may encounter while performing this job. The position will be based at the project job site office and the manager will attend meetings at multiple offices. Exposure to the outdoors, dust, high noise levels, and hot and cold weather is likely. Wearing personal protective equipment is mandatory.

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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