Manager, Packaging 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 Manager of Packaging Engineering is responsible for managing and supervising Packaging & Sr. Packaging Engineers for the design and implementation of all packaging materials: including custom racks, standard baskets, totes/bins, and expendable packaging. A clear understanding of material flow processes into, within, and out of all Rivian facilities. This position falls under the Supply Chain Engineering, Supply Chain umbrella.


  • Direct manager of 3 to 5 packaging engineers
  • Identify and develop relationships with top quality global packaging and material handling suppliers.
  • Responsible for managing day to day quality issues, identify root cause and corrective actions
  • Work cross functionally with Material Flow Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Supplier Quality to understand and develop Plan for Every Part (PFEP)
  • Track teams progress and/or roadblocks to hitting major milestones to support launches, process and design enhancements
  • Standardize KPIs and lead process improvements as Rivian scales
  • Propose and manage budget for supplier packaging
  • Responsible for implementing, improving and maintaining both returnable and expendable packaging standards for inbound components and raw material
  • Work with tier 1 and 2 level suppliers to assure conformance to packaging standards
  • Designs and develops protective containers, dunnage, unique shipping racks and expendable domestic and international
  • Determines cost and feasibility of expendable versus returnable packaging
  • Determines container costs, fleet size, movement costs and feasibility limitations
  • Lead project teams of significant scope including other engineering colleagues
  • Coordinate vendor and/or colleague work assignments on packaging projects
  • Responsible for adhering to all internal and OSHA required safety procedures in performing daily work activities
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with all levels of the organization
  • Adherence to all company policies and procedures
  • Support the Company’s mission, vision, values and goals
  • Work with customer / supplier contacts to gain approval for packaging
  • Work with manufacturing both internally and externally to determine packaging requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging Engineering or other Engineering discipline 
  • 6+ years in packaging experience required, Automotive/Industrial Packaging experience required
  • Direct leadership required
  • Project management experience required, manufacturing environment preferred
  • Knowledge of / experience in packaging testing (ISTA, ASTM, UN)
  • PFEP and process flow mapping experience
  • Cost modelling experience – close working relationship with Purchasing and Logistics
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software
  • SolidWorks, Catia – modeling experience; basic manipulations
  • Able to travel up to but not limited to 25%

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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