Sr. Supplier Reliability Engineer - Suspension



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

Reliability is at the core of Electric Adventure Vehicles. As a Supplier Reliability Engineer, you
will play a key role in designing Rivian’s products with reliability in mind.


  • Set and communicate Reliability requirements and targets and test plans for mechanical
    components, subsystems and assemblies.
  • Facilitate Design FMEA sessions in order to drive reliable design choices and improve
    validation test planning.
  • Specify reliability validation plans for externally supplied components and subsystems.
  • Influence supplier selection for higher reliability and provide clear guidance on reliability
    requirements and demonstration to suppliers.
  • Develop Ongoing Reliability Testing, Burn-in Testing and Hass Testing strategies for supplied
  • Review supplier validation test plan and provide feedback on sample sizes, duration, test
  • Lead root cause investigation with cross functional team into a reliability test failures
  • Report status of key projects to management
  • Facilitate DFMEA sessions for assigned parts



  • 5+ years of experience 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Facilitating DFMEAs and leading cross functional teams.
  • Deploying reliability testing guidelines.
  • Contributing to design modifications to improve reliability.
  • Mechanical components manufacturing processes.
  • Working with suppliers.
  • Reliability statistics, ie. Lifetime analysis, Repair Rates per X Vehicles, etc.
  • A desire to contribute to a respectful, fun, inclusive and inspiring team culture.
  • Knowledge of methods to design-in and sustain reliability for one of the following:
    • Suspension systems and components
    • Dampers
    • Springs
    • Bushings and Links
    • Durability, Strength, and Fatigue analysis
  • Knowledge of governing equations for reliability statistics (Preferred)
  • Experience deploying Ongoing Reliability Testing and Burn-In or Hass Testing Strategies (preferred)
  • Experience with PPAP process (Preferred)
  • Experience in the automotive or consumer electronics industries (preferred) 

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range Irvine-Based Applicants: $120,000-$140,000 
Salary Range Palo Alto-Based Applicants: $130,000-$150,000  

(actual compensation will be determined based on experience, 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.


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