Senior Cost Engineer - Body & Chassis

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United States, Michigan, Plymouth, United States

Posted on: 2022-11-19

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. 


Cost Engineering

  • Provide guidance to the design requirements or design engineer for proposed new or modified designs to achieve required function at minimum or target cost.
  • Develop should cost estimates and projections for multiple vehicle commodities on vehicle Exterior and Interior, including powertrain, chassis, and electrical. Utilize information ranging from written assumptions, sample parts, CAD models and engineering drawings.
  • Gather details and compile data to estimate all production costs considering raw materials, labor, and tooling for estimations or should cost models.
  • Interface with manufacturing plants and suppliers to ensure most economical tooling, processing and operations that will contribute to profitable production
  • Support Rivian Procurement in analysis and review of supplier cost breakdowns to drive cost reduction opportunities through negotiations with suppliers.
  • Mentor Rivian Procurement team members based on manufacturing and process cost expertise.
  • Support competitive vehicle benchmarking to provide input for future model development and target costs.
  • Perform Value Analysis / Value Engineering (VAVE) activities to generate cost reduction ideas through identification of process and product efficiencies that will reduce overall costs. Work with all stakeholders to support cost reduction targets.

Project Management

  • Lead and facilitate cost review sessions with cross functional stakeholders; report cost risks and opportunities based on should cost models.
  • Take ownership of projects; plan milestones and identify potential risks to deliver cost models within agreed completion dates.
  • Be proactive regarding task completion and periodically advise cross functional team on project status, timing, resources, issues, and ability to deliver on-time with excellence.



  • BS/BA Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering, Supply Chain, Business Administration, or Finance or 20+ years tooling experience with apprenticeship/journeyman card.
  • 5+ years of automotive-related experience at OEM or Tier 1 Manufacturer
  • Proven experience in manufacturing process required for cost model development of body and chassis components and assembly: metal stamping, die design, extrusion, sand casting, die casting, welding, adhesive bonding, and metal post processing techniques (heat treat, coatings).
  • Ability to navigate CAD models in CATIA or similar
  • Ability to read and understand design and manufacturing drawings
  • Practical knowledge of Value Analysis / Value Engineering (VAVE) techniques and strong financial awareness
  • Capability to independently create a Bill of Materials (BoM) on a given commodity or design and assign cost
  • A start-up personality: entrepreneurial, ambitious, independent, systematic attention to detail,
    structured thinker, goal-oriented, flexible, and able to deal well with setbacks
  • Work as an active member of the team, ensure effective communication between colleagues and positively contribute regularly to meetings and briefings.
  • Strategic thinking skills and detail-oriented work habits


  • Master’s degree (or higher) in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management or similar
  • Solid knowledge of vehicle parts and subsystems and knowledge of part interaction.
  • Proficiency in CATIA, or similar CAD based design programs
  • Proficiency in aPriori or similar digital cost modeling tools

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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