Manager, Exterior Engineering



Job Description

About Rivian

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 an Engineering Manager for Body Exteriors, you will lead a team to deliver automotive Body Exterior components to program cost, weight, and functional targets, helping to grow the organization while also having ownership of your given commodity.


  • The Engineering Manager is a technical leader in their field and is the ‘go-to’ person within Rivian for their program
  • Build, lead, and develop a world class team of engineers to deliver Body Exteriors to a specific Rivian vehicle platforms
  • Mentor and coach younger Engineers and develop roadmaps for their professional development
  • The scope of the role covers all project milestones from program kick off to stable production.
  • The candidate will work within a matrix organization while delivering towards project-based goals set by the Management Team.
  • Ability to influence and work with cross functional teams to drive efficient & robust design, ensure lessons learned from other programs are applied to your program and vice versa.
  • Adopt a Systems Engineering approach for Exteriors (NUDD, DVP) to deliver world class execution of designs.
  • Develop robust DVP system for system sign off including leading any proof-of-concept testing prior to tooling kick off.
  • Ensure component development is in line with program gateway targets, including management of quality, timing, piece cost, investment, ED&D, and mass & sustainability


  • Bachelors of Science in an engineering discipline (Masters degree and significant experience is a plus)
  • 3+ years of firsthand experience leading teams in developing, validating, and launching vehicle Body Exteriors into production
  • Strong understanding of the first-principal physics & requirements of body Exterior components
  • Detailed understanding of the manufacturing, materials and processes utilized to produce your components as well as commercial and financial awareness
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for California-Based Applicants: $168,000 - $193,000 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, and other factors permitted by law).


Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premium

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

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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