Sr. Performance Test Engineer



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. 


  • Plan, track, support, lead, execute, and report on full vehicle and sub-system development, validation, and homologation testing for multiple engineering teams, such as dynamics, powertrain, NVH, body controls, water management, off-road performance and others
  • Assist in vehicle test planning, high level timing plans and budgets, software and calibration updates, data analysis, and control system data collection
  • Execution and documentation of specific portions of the vehicle and component DVP&R using Jira, Jama, and Rivian proprietary tool sets
  • Instrumentation of test articles including installation of thermocouples, video cameras, strain gauges, accelerometers, load transducers, etc.
  • Create and modify test documentation including test work instructions, Rivian test specifications, and summary reports from vehicle testing projects
  • Perform vehicle tests at a proving ground or other off-site public/private test location that may include specific conditions such as extreme weather condition areas, off-road, remote urban, overseas, etc.
  • Coordinate vehicle preparation for testing, including instrumentation, software updates, prototype parts install, logistics etc.
  • Perform subjective evaluations for remote design and engineering teams
  • Lead initial root cause analysis to solve issues found on vehicles at the proving ground or other off-site public/private test locations
  • Liaison across multiple engineering departments and multiple cross-functional teams


  • 5+ years in a similar role
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related science from an accredited university
  • Experience running and maintaining a variety of vehicle level and component level tests
  • Detailed experience working hands-on with in-vehicle data acquisition systems including installation, use, and data analysis
  • Direct experience working with HV and/or LV, CAN, LIN, and Ethernet vehicle data networks, including debugging and reverse engineering
  • Proving ground and on-road / on-track experience preferred
  • Willing to travel on average 25% of the time with short periods over 50%
  • Excellent problem solving skills with an eye for detail and a focus on quality
  • Proven experience with at least 2 major vehicle systems (ie. Electric Powertrain, Chassis / Suspension, HVAC, Braking, etc.)
  • Team first mentality
  • Innate curiosity about all things automotive
  • Ability to work autonomously

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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