Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Sr. Software Systems Engineer



Software Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Monday, May 13, 2024

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.


  • Collaborate with the engineering team to ensure the robustness of our software and seamlessly integrate new features.
  • Utilize a multidisciplinary approach to troubleshoot functional issues in our vehicles, addressing root causes spanning physical, electrical, and software domains.
  • Prioritize and escalate issues based on user impact and program objectives, ensuring swift resolution.
  • Take ownership of maintaining and enhancing the overall health and stability of Rivian’s vehicle software ecosystem.
  • Act as a liaison between engineering teams and manufacturing, facilitating seamless coordination and ensuring comprehensive test coverage at the factory.
  • Manage technical program aspects, including planning, scheduling, and coordinating work streams to meet project milestones.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to streamline processes and optimize efficiency in software development and integration.


  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, or related field.
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with electromechanical devices, with a focus on software integration and debugging.
  • Proficiency in software development, including the ability to read and debug code. Familiarity with version control systems (e.g., Git), issue tracking tools (e.g., Jira), and software development lifecycles.
  • Strong organizational skills with a keen attention to detail, coupled with excellent documentation abilities.
  • Effective communication skills, capable of articulating complex technical concepts and providing clear, concise updates to stakeholders.
  • Experience in automotive engineering, familiarity with CAN and Ethernet protocols, is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in technical program management or coordination roles, with a track record of successfully delivering projects on time and within budget.

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.

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.

Please note that we are currently not accepting applications from third party application services.