Senior Purchasing Manager, Contingent Labor, Test & Development, and Engineering Services



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 Rivian Supply Chain team is looking for highly motivated and exceptional Purchasing professionals to bring Rivian’s engineered products to life. In this role, the Purchasing Manager will be responsible for sourcing and managing Contingent Labor, Test & Development, and Engineering Services. As a Purchasing Manager, you will be responsible for all commercial aspects of the awarding of new business, developing strong supplier relationships, and working side by side with our manufacturing and engineering counterparts to push the envelope of our technical requirements and capabilities. You will also take the lead in making sure Rivian can meet its cost targets, suppliers deliver to our aggressive timelines, and services are received at the highest level of quality. In our team, we expect our people to own every aspect of the sourcing process from start to finish and everything in between. This role reports to the Manager of Professional Services Group Purchasing within the Indirect Procurement Team of the Supply Chain and Logistics Organization.


  • Develop category management strategy in line with procurement best practices
  • Lead the strategic sourcing process, from start to finish, for Contingent Labor, Test & Development, and Engineering Services purchases in compliance with Rivian purchasing policies
  • Lead contractual negotiations with suppliers on Non-disclosure Agreements, General Terms & Conditions and SOW Agreements
  • Identify potential suppliers, analyze capabilities, and develop a sourcing strategy and roadmap for Rivian stakeholders while considering market conditions as well as technology roadmaps
  • Perform detailed assessments of supplier proposal/quote submissions
  • Actively manage supplier relationships and performance through key performance metrics and regular business reviews
  • Own the business relationship with manufacturing and engineering teams and responsibility for rate negotiations, continuity of supply, risk management, and operation execution to plan
  • Effectively balance the needs of business groups and engineering groups to ensure successful product launches
  • Successfully close complex negotiations including commercial terms, statements of work, and pricing and ensure proper documentation (i.e. contracts, POs, approvals, etc.)
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders to present the business case to executive-level leadership for approvals
  • Manage spend in collaboration with Rivian Finance team
  • Actively manage multiple projects and track status and results


  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Business, or a related field
  • 5+ years of strategic sourcing, procurement, or purchasing experience.
  • 5+ years’ experience leading RFI/RFP/RFQ processes.
  • 5+ years managing commercial business relationships with large suppliers in an Automotive, Services or high-volume manufacturing business.
  • 5+ years MS Office
  • Experience using Coupa and Ironclad is preferred
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with proficiency in providing alternative solutions.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for effective vendor relationships and cross-functional collaboration.
  • Excellent negotiation and contract management skills.
  • Knowledge of procurement best practices and supply chain management principles.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently while managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Comfort in working independently, in teams, and collaboratively across various cross-functional departments in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

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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