United States, Michigan, Plymouth, United States

Posted on: 2022-07-11

Category: emobility

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Senior Counsel, Technology Transactions and Energy

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 Is What You’ll Do:

  • Draft, review, and negotiate a variety of complex agreements, with an emphasis on technology transactions, including contracts for cloud services, SaaS, software / technology licensing, connectivity, and technology development, power purchase agreements and renewable energy certificates, all in support of Rivian’s internal business operations, our vehicles, charging and energy product portfolio, and our web-based customer applications. 
  • Support the development of the commercial and technology transactions practice area within Rivian’s legal team.
  • Provide accurate, timely, and practical advice on matters pertaining to product and software development, connectivity, over the air updates, and use of open-source software.
  • Collaborate closely with other groups within Rivian’s legal team (including brand and technology, regulatory and litigation) and cross-functional teams and subject matter experts with respect to procurement and commercial negotiation, intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity, data use, global connected services, import/export regulations and related compliance matters.
  • Support continuous improvement of Rivian’s legal team by identifying and implementing new processes, document templates, playbooks, and training materials, and collaborating with internal business clients to develop and implement a variety of company-wide policies, processes, and guidelines.
  • Stay current on emerging legal and regulatory trends in software and connectivity in all global markets where Rivian operates.
  • Work together with senior members of Rivian’s legal team on project-based legal assignments and initiatives, including product development and strategic partner relationships.
  • Develop and implement process improvement initiatives to improve efficiency of legal and business activities.


This Is What You'll Need:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school, and an active member in good standing of the Michigan or California Bar (or eligible to practice as a California registered in-house counsel).
  • At least six (6) years practicing as an attorney, with at least three (3) years of significant technology or data licensing transactions in house experience, with working knowledge of applicable compliance/regulatory matters, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and privacy issues.
  • Familiarity with automotive technology, cloud services, connectivity or telecommunications, SAAS / software licensing, mobility platforms, fleet operations, electric and / or autonomous vehicles.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication skills to express complex legal matters in clear, concise, business-friendly language with a strong record of effective cross-group collaboration, as well as the ability to manage multiple large-scale projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to recognize and weigh business and legal risks, think strategically and advance creative, legally sound practical solutions in the context of business goals.
  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills, with attention to detail.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, innovative global business environment.


This is where you’ll work:

Department: Legal

Location: Palo Alto, CA, Plymouth, MI, or  Irvine, CA

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.  


Please note that we are currently not accepting applications from third party application services.