Manager, Electrical Safety

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United States, Remote, United States

Posted on: 2022-11-07

Category: emobility

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About the company:

Doing something different is never easy. It requires courage, optimism and grit. Core to our mission is building a team of adventurous individuals determined to make a positive impact on the world. This means challenging ourselves constantly. Stretching beyond the bounds of conventional thinking. Reframing old problems. Seeking new solutions. And operating comfortably in a space of uncertainty. While our backgrounds are diverse, our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. Do you like doing the impossible? We’d love to hear from you.

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. 

This position is within Rivian's Vehicle Attributes & Performance department: Vehicle Safety, Irvine, CA, managing and leading a highly skilled Vehicle Safety Electrical team on integration of harness design/packaging, software, and hardware including battery pack to meet all safety requirements.  Some travel required to support at safety test sites and to other Rivian engineering offices.

You will work cross functionally across the organization to lead and manage technical discussions, engage in the development and implementation of high/low voltage strategies to meet all legal, third-party rating and in-house safety requirements.  

Applicants must have a pragmatic working level knowledge of electronics/hardware including HVIL (High Voltage Interlock), interpretation of EDR (Electronic Data Recorder), triage pre and post-crash issues with these systems and work with other experts, where appropriate, to root cause and provide potential solutions.


  • Be a key passive safety stakeholder in electrical architecture design and its integration.
  • Electrical safety feature champion ensuring correct functionality per safety crash performance requirements.
  • Define and work with subsystem owners to define a strategy enabling decomposition into subsystem requirements.
  • Guide release engineers to ensure all battery to vehicle high/low voltage system interfaces meet safety requirements.
  • Participate in all component & vehicle level testing to ensure good data capture to confirm, validate and report out electrical safety performance.
  • Work with Functional Safety team (using tools such as DFMEA and FMEDA) to ensure strategies implemented to ensure passive safety requirements are robustly met.
  • Provide expertise to help resolve any safety related high/low voltage system issues.
  • Strong ability to collaborate with cross-functional engineering teams.
  • Regularly communicate requirements, results and make recommendations to design teams and stakeholders. and as required, facilitate cross-functional technology transfer.


  • Bachelor’s or an Advanced Degree in Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering
  • A minimum of 5 years’ working level experience
  • Understanding of compliance requirements FMVSS 305, ECE-R100 and understanding of SAE J1766
  • Be hands-on and comfortable working in fast paced environment
  • Familiar w/ CAN & LIN debug and data logging tools
  • Candidate should possess strong troubleshooting skills and familiarity using a multimeter, oscilloscope, and comfortable working in an HV environment
  • Experienced integrating high voltage systems in vehicle environment
  • Familiarity with Finite Element Analysis tools will be a plus
  • Demonstrable resourcefulness, technical knowledge, analytical capability, and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a self-starter with high levels of initiative and innovation

Advantageous to have expertise and experience in:

  • Electro/mechanical design
  • Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) and Failure Modes Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA’s) would be an advantage
  • Functional Safety familiarity, bonus if candidate is formally ISO-26262 certified/trained

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 [email protected].

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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