Sr. Validation Engineer, Charging & Energy



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

In this position you shall develop and maintain the end-to-end validation plan of Rivian’s Charging & Energy Products.


  • Work closely with the Software and Hardware Engineering teams to understand test requirements.
  • Develop test procedures defining specific test setup instructions and execution.
  • Develop custom test fixtures to support new to market products.
  • Provide direction to lab personnel (both internal and external) in setting up and executing validation tests.
  • Work with multiple external lab partners to setup, execute, and monitor testing.
  • Participate in design reviews, requirement reviews, DFMEAs, PFMEAs and Hazard Analyses.
  • Create summary reports for all tests conducted and provide data analytics from the data collected during testing.
  • Log Jira tickets for and manage to resolution potential software and hardware defects.
  • Support hands on technical root cause analysis and resolution of issues found during testing.
  • Ensure data fidelity from executed tests and lead the refinement of data acquisition.
  • Lead tear down analysis, and the post-test-processing of hardware at end-of-test.
  • Use Linux Commands to perform inspections and checkouts of devices under test.


  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience leading automotive or similar validation efforts.
  • Experience in test planning and execution from program inception to final validation signoff.
  • Software Familiarity with CAN, Ethernet, Linux.
  • Strong knowledge of fixture design, fabrication methods, and test equipment.
  • Previous experience in a role requiring test plan development and test execution, debugging, and root cause analysis.
  • Hands on approach to testing, and troubleshooting.
  • Electrical and Mechanical data acquisition experience
  • Experience working with medium and high voltage systems.
  • Exposure to Industry Standards such as MIL-STD-50G, UL 50E, UL 2231, UL 2202.
  • Exposure to ILAC, or A2LA Laboratory accreditation standards and practices.
  • Strong technical communication skills.
  • Strong technical documentation skills.
  • Test automation experience is nice to have
  • ~20% Domestic and/or International Travel.
  • PCBA Test and/or Validation exposure is nice-to-have.



Pay Disclosure

Salary range for California Based Applicants: $121,000-$139,000 (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 effective 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.  


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