Staff Launch Manager - Vehicle



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

Launch Program Management is a cross functional management role that collaborates with product development and operations organizations to bring new vehicles to market. In this role, you will partner with the cross functional team including design engineering, supply chain, operations, production control, and manufacturing engineering, and Launch Quality and support in planning, and executing Pre-Production Builds, Plant Trials and support Launches. You will lead implementing major product changes and cost saving initiatives ensuring cross functional plant operations team delivering high quality vehicles to our customers.


  • Lead and participate in various cross-functional Program and Manufacturing Readiness forums. Provide clear updates on status and recovery plans as necessary at both working and executive level.
  • Plan, organize, and orchestrate all pre-launch build activities. Develop production ramp up plan with operations teams.
  • Manage and track all required activities and execution through managing risks and issues. Escalate issues and problems timely manner with key stakeholders and management.
  • Build planning – creation of build plans based on organizational requirements – and then maintaining the plan by chairing planning meetings, analyzing material risks, and navigating tradeoffs when conflicts in demand arise.
  • Lead the operations readiness workstream, ensuring target objectives are met and escalate/develop recovery plans as needed.
  • Interact, integrate, and drive results across cross-functional teams in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, quality, production, production control, sales, service, etc.
  • Author project status, summary, and issue resolution tracking reports.
  • Knowledge in project management, project status, summary, and issue resolution.
  • Knowledge in problem solving methods and tools.


  • BA/BS Engineering, Masters preferred
  • 6+ years of experience in production or engineering environment, with experience in launching products from prototype to serial production
  • Assembly Plant Operations knowledge of complex production lines involving production control, material handling, supply chain, quality, and production team required
  • Knowledge in Automotive Engineering, Product Development and Project Management is desired
  • Experience in Product Development, Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering or supply chain highly desired
  • Understanding of manufacturing/production validation (MV or PV) Builds and plant trial runs (PTR) in relation to complex new products and process.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Team player; ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment with cross-functional teams.

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

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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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