Staff Electrical Distribution Systems Engineer



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

The Electrical Distribution Systems Engineer will be responsible and accountable for ensuring the electrical wiring system is readied for release to support mass production in accordance with Rivian engineering best design practice. Taking into consideration: DFM/DFA, and APQP/PPAP supplier quality standards. The EDS Integration engineer will act as a technical lead for their Vehicle Platform Harness Architecture and ensure supporting DRE and Application Engineers have completed all necessary design deliverables to support Gateway objectives from initial, product plan feature requirements, mid-cycle actions, and through end-of-life.  


  • Define vehicle topologies for device connections, specialty cables, grounding, 12V high-current, 48V DC Architecture, 120/230V AC, and integrate with vehicle communication protocols (e.g. CAN, LIN, Ethernet, etc.)
  • Collaborate with hardware / software vehicle architects to develop vehicle integration strategies for physical implementation of the harnessing, supporting and leading logical and physical diagram reviews
  • Derive and maintain information from device transmittals (DT / ICDs), JAMA requirements, Vehicle Architecture, and collaboration with Rivian Design Release Engineers (DRE(s)) and output sub-system Logical schematics
  • Develop complexity matrices for all harness families, defining all region and circuit level variants, trims, and options
  • Define and review connector/terminal selection and cavity layout with Rivian DRE(s) and Librarians
  • Ensure the design supports all cross functional teams design intent, including properly specifying wire size and type for ampacity, voltage drop, cost, etc.
  • Support Vehicle and Tier I Assembly lines for design implementation, issue tracking, and closure
  • Support TPMs in creating timing plans, as well as coordinating changes to ensure design alignment within the Electrical Distribution Organization (2D/3D/Systems)


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, or related engineering disciplines; Master's preferred
  • Experience in Capital Harness Suite a bonus
  • Experience with Program Management tools, such as: Jira, Jama, Smartsheet, and Confluence a bonus
  • Experience working with specialty cables a bonus
  • Knowledge of DFMEA principles and execution a bonus
  • Willingness to develop new technologies for future programs
  • Fluent in English (speaking, reading, writing, and listening)
  • Self-driven, displaying initiative with minimal supervision
  • Patience, kindness, self-control, confidently centered around a positive mental attitude
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Visio, and Power Point
  • Depending on Riv level, years of experience

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range California-Based Applicants: $150,000 - $173,000 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, 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 adequate on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums.

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.  


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

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