Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Staff Structural Durability Engineer



Irvine, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Friday, June 28, 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

Reporting to the Durability Sr. Manager, you will inspire and directly lead a talented group of engineers with responsibility for vehicle and component development as it relates to durability and longevity targets. You will maintain a high level of cross-functional interaction to ensure delivery of longer term program agnostic durability developments, working alongside other attributes, function groups and development teams with the aim of developing robust technical capabilities to support the durability roadmap.


  • Lead a high performing team of durability development engineers, to analyze (CAE) various components and systems to improve design for durability
  • Own complex durability methods development tasks and roadmapping
  • Work with cross functional teams to deliver robust durability solutions across all parts of the vehicle
  • Provide technical oversight where needed
  • Generation of detailed component and subsystem test procedures aligned to a virtual matched pair to aid correlation
  • Creation, management and approval of standards related to durability analysis
  • Lead ‘offline’ development studies with the aim to implement these robustly into the program cycle plan upon readiness


  • Minimum 8 years experience in automotive product development
    • Well-rounded skillset and industry experience in FEA static and dynamic simulations for Body, Closures, Battery and Chassis systems on a component and vehicle level
  • Experience in balancing attribute performance when considering technical solutions
  • Experience in coaching less experienced team members
  • Thorough understanding of component, system and vehicle level durability analysis
  • Thorough understanding of component, system and vehicle level durability test protocol
  • Experience of loads generation/validation processes
  • Proven problem solver
  • Ability to prioritise tasks in line with business/program objectives
  • Knowledge of design verification process is essential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present to all levels of the business
  • Advanced knowledge of CAE Analysis toolsets (ABAQUS, Nastran, Optistruct, nCode)
  • Degree Qualified in relevant engineering, or product design
  • Proficiency with Atlassian tools (JAMA, JIRA) an asset
  • Minimum age of 21
  • No driving related suspensions or revocation of Driver License (within a 3-5 year period)
  • No drug or alcohol related driving incidents in the last 3 years
  • No more than 1 serious moving violation in the last 3 years
  • Must have a valid driver's license in the state of residence that you will be driving/operating a vehicle
  • Will be subject to continuous Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) monitoring

Pay Disclosure

Salary range for California Based Applicants: $154,000-$192,500 (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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