United States, California, Palo Alto, United States

Posted on: 2022-11-09

Category: emobility

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Senior Technical Program Manager - Cell Operations

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

As one of our Technical Program Managers, you will oversee Manufacturing Engineering projects from concept through launch, including conceptualization, design, procurement, installation, commissioning, and turnover to Operations. This role will focus on the development of Rivian’s core factory equipment and processes. This role will support Rivian’s Cell Manufacturing team, which is focused on developing and industrializing the next generation of our battery cells. The opening will be located at our Hayward, CA facility and reports directly to a Cell Operations Production Manager.


  • Support Cell manufacturing teams with the launch project organization and tracking open items to closure.
  • Create and modify Microsoft Project or Smartsheet schedules.
  • Gain holistic knowledge of the product, production processes, and manufacturing technologies in order to understand and mitigate risks, as well as to recognize optimization opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain risk assessments to mitigate timeline and cost impacts.
  • Ensure the project team is prioritizing tasks and completing them to meet project milestones.
  • Understand product and equipment spec changes on manufacturing equipment.
  • Work with stakeholders to understand the critical actions necessary to integrate their requirements into the manufacturing line.
  • Coordinate and effectively run meetings to resolve issues related to manufacturing equipment installation and upgrades.
  • Communicate equipment and product specification changes with equipment integrators.
  • Interface with and manage on-site installation planning with equipment integrators, production, and other cross-functional groups.
  • Provide project status reports and updates to department leadership


  • 7+ years of manufacturing engineering or manufacturing project management experience 
  • 3+ years designing and launching equipment and process into manufacturing environments. 
  • 2+ years in a project manager role facilitating a cross-functional team to deliver projects. 
  • Knowledgeable in high and low volume manufacturing (proto-typing, OEE, equipment selection, DFM, 8D, CAD)
  • BSE/Masters degree in in Material/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, or similar technical field
  • Highly collaborative mindset and strong communication skills 
  • Experience in the EV Powertrain or Battery Cell Manufacturing is preferred
  • Preferred: PMP certification or EV Powertrain or cell manufacturing experience 

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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