Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Staff Technical Program Manager, Electrical Systems



IT, Other Engineering, Operations
Palo Alto, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 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

You're responsible for the development and delivery execution of electrical systems within a given Vehicle Line. Role requires high levels of initiative, independent judgement, and indirect leadership capability. You're the voice of the electrical engineering function within the vehicle team. You will be responsible to drive the Design, Development, Release, Validation and Launch Execution for Electrical Systems of new vehicle lines, in partnership with Electrical Hardware functional teams, software and external Product Development stakeholders. You'll collate and ensure awareness of overall departmental program deliverable status, proactively communicate risks and mitigation strategies and balance cost & delivery.


  • Work closely with all aspects of the electrical team (systems/integration/design) to build out the master development and integration schedule; drive this development and integration cycle into the vehicle-level program schedules and highlight technical/timeline risks holistically
  • Work closely with the electrical architecture, component design teams and software teams to drive electrical development throughout the v-cycle.
  • Work with the vehicle line and other teams to drive critical path and ensure synchronized deliveries.
  • Lead and push integration to the vehicle via design reviews including driving solutions for integration issues, ensuring all pre series builds are supported to effectively launch the vehicle
  • Generate meaningful development metrics and responsible for program deliverables status at weekly reviews and collation of departmental status for program gateways
  • Issue resolution champion and roadblock remover
  • Work in close proximity to the Vehicle Line, other Product Development leads, and Software leads to cascade status/issues/and critical paths bidirectionally to an indirect team
  • Collaborate with operations/manufacturing teams on design for manufacturability initiatives
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned within the scope of the position


  • 6+ years experience on a program team or equivalent experience
  • BS+ in Engineering or similar technical degree required
  • Integration and launch experience on a vehicle or highly complex electromechanical system
  • Strong communication skills in technical and nontechnical domains
  • Outstanding collaboration capabilities within and across organizations
  • Product Release and automotive quality processes experience
  • Understanding of engineering theory and principles of operation of mechanical/electrical/software systems
  • Passion for working on ambiguous problems/initiatives and developing new frameworks for collaboration and execution

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for California Based Candidates: $167,400.00 - $209,300.00 (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

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