Senior Manager, Material Flow Engineering



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 a highly motivated and accomplished Supply Chain Engineering professional to bring Rivian’s engineered products to life. In this role, the Senior Manager will be responsible for leading a team of talented managers and engineers to develop a brownfield material flow optimization strategy for our manufacturing facility in Normal, IL and create a greenfield benchmark flow for our future location in Stanton Springs, GA. On our team, we expect our people to own every aspect of the engineering process, from concept design to successful implementation and everything in between. This role reports to the Director of Supply Chain Engineering and requires 50% travel to our facilities in Illinois and Georgia.


  • Develop strategies to reduce the plant’s Total Delivery Cost through the implementation of lean continuous flow principles and resourceful automation solutions
  • Develop a material flow “want to be condition” for the Normal facility.
  • Create a benchmark greenfield material flow for Stanton Springs, GA
  • Coordinate and help develop a progress-based pull system to synchronize all last mile and internal material flow processes.  
  • Spearhead the development of world-class Jidoka kitting and sequencing systems, leveraging technologies such as PtL, Andon, CoBots, and karakuri.
  • Lead initiatives related to takt time adjustments and minor/major model launches for material handling.
  • Provide leadership, coaching, mentorship, and professional development to your team.
  • Implement training plans to improve overall organizational strength and capability.
  • Successfully execute projects within established schedules and annual expense/capital budgets.
  • Offer guidance in analyzing production issues, proposing effective countermeasures, and resolving material-flow related challenges.
  • Responsible for and ensure safety, quality, cost, timing & throughput targets are achieved on all projects.


  • 10+ years of management experience in automotive or Tier 1 with an emphasis in Logistics, Transportation, Operations, Supply Chain or related field.
  • BS/BA in Logistics, Operation, Supply, or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of defining, launching, and driving major process redesign initiatives to enhance both internal and external material flow operations.
  • Proficiency in Lean, Six Sigma, or TPS (Toyota Production System) methodologies.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge in Excel, Word, Power point, and Outlook programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities.
  • Trained in 8-Step or similar problem-solving discipline.
  • Strong team orientation and cross functional attitude.
  • Ability to create and present summary reports.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Ability to communicate in a high-pressure environment.


Pay Disclosure


Salary Range for California Based Applicants: $168,000 - $211,000 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law).


Salary Range for Colorado Based Applicants: $161,000 - $185,000  (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law).

Salary Range for New York Based Applicants: $184,000 - $211,000 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law).


Salary Range for Washington Based Applicants: $168,000 - $193,000 (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

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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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