Lead, Pre-construction & Cost Control



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 Lead, Pre-constructon & Cost Control is responsible for implementing, managing, and maintaining cost control systems for a Rivian facility project in Social Circle, GA. In this role, you will use existing workflows while also creating new workflows to ensure project costs are recorded and tracked per Rivian standards. The Lead, Pre-constructon & Cost Control may also assist in preparing cost estimates and perform quantity takeoffs. The role shall support the project team by using historical cost data, market trends, quotes and any other means to ensure cost accuracy.


  • Establish and maintain project controls & change management for use by project management throughout the lifecycle of a project.
  • Design and document cost and change control processes, including contractual requirements to be incorporated into vendor MSA.
  • Enforce vendor and owner cost tracking standards and maintain accurate and up to date cost tracking throughout the life cycle of the project.
  • Provide cost analysis and benchmarking studies to help drive project decisions from project inception to project closeout.
  • Perform studies to better understand market conditions for both domestic and international projects.
  • Develop programs to ensure Rivian is entering into Contract agreements that are in alignment with broader market trends.
  • Proactively estimate projects based on unit cost estimates and unique site conditions while providing both conceptual and programmatic estimates as well as detailed estimates.
  • Develop estimating programs that provide ad-hoc, or detailed output, informed by site conditions and design documents, leveraging internal benchmarking database.
  • Provide value engineering suggestions with pricing for cost reduction.
  • Pro actively manage risk on the projects and maintain a risk register.
  • Compile project-specific data from real estate, design, and construction teams in the early phases of project development.
  • Identify areas where project-specific data is insufficient, and complete research as necessary to fill gaps in order to ensure full cost and scope is captured with Program budgets and forecasts.
  • Review contractor bids in detail to ensure that all pricing is accurate and in Rivian standard format. Request subcontractor backup when needed to confirm costs and understand the bid at a detailed level.
  • Enforce program requirements to the Contractors to ensure bids and change orders are submitted within Rivian defined format and appropriate level of detail. Inform and support Rivian purchasing team of opportunities to negotiate unit price, and fee agreements leveraging data models.
  • Assist in building contractor database at a national level; reach out to general contractors and relevant subcontractors for early prequalification before project kick-off.
  • Engage, liaise, coordinate with the various stakeholders and departments for Facilities Construction projects (e.g. Workplace, Manufacturing, Retail, etc.); “The Customers”.
  • Support roll-out of key business processes across Facilities projects, including, but not limited to; Facilities project management software (FOS), WBS (work breakdown structure), forecasting, reporting, change management cash flow, schedule/cost integration.
  • Engage with partner vendors to support/train in Rivian cost management processes. Develop a program to onboard and support throughout project lifecycle.


  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture or a related subject and a minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible construction estimating experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; must be able to communicate between internal Design, Real Estate, and Construction teams, as well as external contractors. Able to build and maintain strong working relationships.
  • Quantity takeoff skill. Able to quantify projects both at a high level or perform a detailed takeoff if needed.
  • Strong attention to detail; able to thoroughly review plans, contractor estimates, and scopes of work.
  • Capable of independent action with minimal direction ; can determine daily actions based on high level team goals.
  • Highly effective negotiation skills.
  • Thorough understanding of construction administration processes, including contracts, budgets, construction documents, change orders, schedules, RFIs, submittals, and material procurement.
  • Proficient in the use of standard business software applications (MS Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Proficient time management and organization skills.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office environment. However, there are occasions when duties require a presence on-site at the construction work site where the employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions and risk of electrical shock.  The noise in these work environments is usually moderate to very loud.
  • Performance of the required duties will occasionally require physical ability to climb permanent and temporary stairs, ability to climb ladders and negotiate work areas under construction.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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 candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

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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