Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Sr. Manager, Structural Safety



Irvine, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 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.

Role Summary

The technical responsibility of the role is to cover a multitude of aspects integrating a high level of safety supporting the Rivian amazing design. In 2023 both our R1S and R1T received the highest score, Top Safety Pick +, in the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) test.

You will work with leaders across the business to ensure teams are collaborating effectively and are aligned with strategic priorities. Ultimately you are responsible for your team’s output and guide the engineering teams on what it takes to achieve safetyperformance.

In this role, you will need to unblock and enable your team members building an effective and efficient way of working aligned, with the vehicle program targets and timing. You will drive the organization’s ability to be smart and nimble and deliver on time, while staying innovative and creative in finding new solutions to challenges.


  • Build a cohesive and focused team through effective communication and leadership.
  • Own and secure on time deliveries to the engineering teams and manage a team capable to deliver safety performance on a vehicle program.
  • Work alongside attribute leaders in other areas and Vehicle Concept teams to provide direction on what is needed from a safety standpoint
  • Drive the definition and development of crash performance with visibility of all affected sub-systems and components through a systems approach, working with all other affected domains and attributes.
  • Continuously drive the development of the way of working in the team to align with the changes in business needs in the most efficient way.
  • Develop the virtual, component and vehicle test plan to achieve the Rivian safety targets. Help team develop DVP for the program and track progress toward attribute sign-off.
  • Ability to guide the team to design the vehicle, to interpret CAE and test results and develop countermeasures.
  • Lead discussions in forums within Safety and Outside to bring resolutions to identified gaps.
  • Collaborate with program management, systems engineering, manufacturing, studio, and other development teams.
  • Mentor team members and fresh engineers.


  • B.S. or higher in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • 10+ years of experience in automotive Safety Engineering
  • Over 7 years of experience managing engineering teams and delivering to high volume production, including having developed at least 1 vehicle into production
  • Strong background in Crash Structures for high-speed, low-speed, quasi-static crash modes as well as global VRUP (Vulnerable Road User Program)
  • Ability to report to senior management and report accurate information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Working knowledge of regulatory, certification and rating requirements
  • Hands-on attitude, able to solve problems from a first principles perspective
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment and positively lead a team through transitions.
  • Good knowledge of Regulatory requirements and Consumer ratings (current and future) for North America, Europe, and China.
  • Strong background in Crash Structures for high-speed, low-speed, quasi-static crash modes as well as VRUP.
  • Should have delivered at least 1 program in crash structures and/or VRUP.

Pay Disclosure

Salary range for California Based Applicants: $218,200-$272,800 (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.

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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