Regional Project Lead, Retail New Market Launch



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

Rivian is seeking an experienced retail project lead who desires the challenge of a scaling a new business and building a retail portfolio. You will play a key role in expanding Rivian’s retail footprint, leading new site opening execution in your market, in collaboration with cross-functional partners from across the organization. You, and the New Market Launch team, will be responsible for ensuring Rivian’s overall readiness to enter new markets and launch retail locations. You are a detail-oriented, process-driven, and execution-focused project leader. You will own the workback timeline, milestone management, progress reporting, and successful turnover of all new locations, remodels, retrofits, and closures/moves in your market. For each opening, you ensure the team is achieving operational excellence, applying a customer and team-first approach. 


  • Travel to new locations to lead the onsite new site opening activities, including pre and post launch deliverables
  • Execute the retail store opening process, including turnover from Facilities, store operations readiness, and coordination with key cross-functional partners, ensuring seamless, successful, and on-time site launches.  
  • Ensure launch deliverables and goals are met or exceeded through alignment on process, timelines, dependencies, individual accountability, and responsibilities
  • Effectively prioritize all deliverables to ensure launch objectives, timelines and budget targets are met or exceeded
  • Develop, maintain and consistently use the new market launch and operational framework, best practices, resources and tools necessary to deliver the best experience possible to our customers, internal teams, support retail growth, create scalability and achieve future goals 
  • Own new market launch project management and implementation including calendar coordination, supply ordering, onsite and remote task completion, stakeholder engagement, status and risk communication and more to ensure on-time launches and deliverables
  • Partner with Facilities project teams and Real Estate to ensure operational requirements are aligned on and applied to each site
  • Lead cross-functional new market launch update meetings, as well as launch debrief and mitigation and solution meetings
  • Perform other activities as needed to launch markets and execute new site openings
  • Manage and maintain compliance with all local, state and federal regulations as well as Rivian company policy and procedures


  • 3+ years of experience in retail operations or project management
  • Retail, experiential/brand events, hospitality or similar fields highly preferred; Direct-to-Consumer retail business model preferred
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to support projects on nights, weekends and/or holidays; ability and willingness to travel based on business needs to support other market launches and operations
  • Must have a valid driver’s license in the state of residence that you will be driving/operating a vehicle (or state that you are commuting daily to/from) and possess an exceptional driving record 
  • No drug or alcohol related driving incidents in the last 3 years; No more than 1 serious moving violation in the last 3 years; No driving related suspensions or revocation of Driver License within a 3–5-year period. Will be subject to continuous Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) monitoring   
  • Ability to obtain and maintain local sales licenses if applicable in your state 



  • Excellent written and verbal language skills in English required, additional languages a plus 
  • Energy, creativity, and leadership with strong organizational skills and the ability to thrive when juggling multiple priorities in a fast paced, high performing environment
  • Ability to learn quickly, work in a fast-paced environment, and adapt to changing timelines
  • Possess an entrepreneurial mindset and apply a scrappy and resourceful approach to everything you do. Solve problems and overcome challenges with creativity and ingenuity. 
  • Ability to drive process improvements across all areas supported
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and holidays with willingness to travel to various retail locations when required  (up to 70% of the time)


Physical Requirements 

  • Willingness to work in various working conditions including being in a full service retail center or unpredictable weather conditions 
  • Physical exertion may be required to perform occupational tasks (sitting up to 6 or more hours at a time, standing for up to 8 or more hours a day, walking, bending, kneeling, laying, twisting, carrying, reaching, stretching, pushing, pulling, and lifting up to 50 lbs). 
  • Frequent use of hands for purposes of grasping and using tools correctly, entering data, writing communications, or calling customers or internal partners 
  • Strong understanding of written and spoken English 
  • Ability to see, read and interpret documents such as governmental regulations, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions or schematics 

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for New York based applicants: $116,000 - $134,000 annually (Actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location and other factors permitted by law).


Salary Range for Chicago based applicants: $102,000 - $118,000 annually (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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