United States, California, El Segundo, USA

Posted on: 2022-05-16

Category: emobility

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Manager, Technical R&D Workshop, Collision Repair

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. 

Role Summary

Responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Service Engineering Collision Research and Development Workshop. This role will require high levels of energy and initiative, independent judgement, and cross-team collaboration. Must be able to complete projects in a compressed timeline.


  • Manage the day-to-day operations and performance of the Rivian Collision and Research & Development Workshop
  • Lead a team of trained collision technicians, refinish technicians and an estimator in a collision repair center type environment
  • Collaborate with the Collision Service Engineering Team daily
  • Collaborate with the Collision Network Team on research results, and program recommendations
  • Create and validate flat rate times on structural repair procedures on Rivian vehicles
  • Ensure that programs and processes are developed, assessed, communicated, and administered in compliance with Rivian’s objectives.
  • Test and develop Standard Operating Procedures for the repairs on Rivian vehicles
  • Oversee the testing of collision repair tooling and equipment on Rivian vehicles
  • Create project plans, and supply reports to show progress and growth of program
  • Engage with commercial and passenger vehicle customers during their vehicle collision repairs
  • Manage a team of qualified technicians to develop and validate flat rate times, and research and develop collision repair procedures for Rivian vehicles


  • 7+ years experience in the collision repair industry
  • Ability to lead and direct a diverse team of individuals guiding the team on a common focus and goal
  • Understanding of the entire collision repair process from First Notice of Loss (FNOL) to completion of repair
  • Familiarity with the Insurance claims process for automotive collision repairs
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet project deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, accurately, and effectively in performing task or duties as assigned to completion
  • Good project management skills and ability to work within guidelines
  • Professional demeanor, strong communication, writing and presentation skills
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
  • Able to work efficiently under high amount of work/stress.
  • Willingness to work in a strong cross functional environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with teams in varying geographic locations simultaneously
  • Appropriate interpersonal styles and communication methods to work effectively with internal and external partners.
  • Occasional travel required
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent collision field experience  
  • Automotive collision repair knowledge required


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.

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