Sr. IT Program Manager



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 Sr. IT Program Manager is an integral part of the IT Enterprise Manufacturing PMO team and will be responsible for managing cross-functional programs/ projects from end-to-end. This role entails significant leadership and technical proficiency in manufacturing environments with a focus on manufacturing execution systems, software development lifecycle, integration between systems like, MES, PLM, PLC and SAP. Success in this role is providing Project/Program expertise for our MSYS team which mainly focuses on Software Development, Releases and Integration between various teams and systems in a Manufacturing environment. 


This role will be located in Normal, IL. 


  • Detailed Understanding: Deep diving with each of the teams internally and externally to have a full understanding of what each team does, how they operate and be technically proficient. This is so we can anticipate and fully understand requirements when they are given. We rely on our SME's but we need to be technically proficient.
  • Project Planning and Execution: Develop detailed project plans, ensuring resource availability and allocation. Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate verification techniques. Ensuring you are setting goals, tracking deliverables and managing expectations.
  • Stakeholder Management: Maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, including clients, team members, and third-party vendors. Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope, and within budget.
  • Deployment and Integration: Oversee the deployment of software solutions within the manufacturing environment, ensuring seamless integration with existing systems and minimal disruption to operations.
  • Risk Management: Identify and mitigate potential risks associated with the projects. Implement risk management strategies to minimize project risks.
  • Quality Assurance: Ensure that all deliverables meet the required quality standards and comply with relevant regulations and guidelines.
  • Reporting and Documentation: Provide regular project updates to senior management and other stakeholders. Maintain comprehensive project documentation.
  • Continuous Improvement: Identify opportunities for process improvement and implement changes to enhance project efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Team Leadership: Provide guidance and support to project team members, fostering a positive work environment and encouraging professional development.
  • Cross Functional Project Coordination: Come together with different Engineering, Software Development, Process Engineers and SAP teams to develop cross functional project plans, ensuring that everyone is tracking each other's major milestone, alignment cadences and communication when something changes. The goal is to have all team's project plans the same and open communication to catch changes of scope, timeline, risks, etc..
  • Reporting: Provide regular project status updates to the Senior Project Manager and other stakeholders. Maintain accurate and comprehensive project documentation. Many times your reporting will need to reflect key updates from our cross functional members that our team may need to know.


  • Bachelors Degree in management, IT or related field
  • 5+ years of related experience is required 
  • Solid foundation in software engineering principles 
  • Experience in fast paced environment with exposure to end-to-end product deployment — from concept through development and successful launch. 
  • Proficiency in PM/communication tools such as Confluence, Jira, schedules, etc. 
  • Experience in technical program or project management, ideally with multiple delivered projects of medium ($1-25M+) to large sized capital equipment systems 

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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