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Sr. Body Controls Systems Engineer



Software Engineering
Irvine, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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

As a Sr. Body Controls Engineer you will be an integral part of the body controls systems team, working on the design, development, and implementation of feature-driven automotive systems. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure that our products meet the highest standards of quality and performance.


  • Responsible for feature-driven definition, decomposition, and traceability development objectives for automotive body control systems and components.
  • Participate in system integration and testing to ensure seamless operation of all vehicle systems.
  • Create detailed technical documentation, including specifications, design documents, and test plans.
  • Conduct troubleshooting and root cause analysis for system issues and implement effective solutions.
  • Collaborate with software, hardware, and mechanical engineers to optimize system performance.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of engineering processes and practices.
  • Stay up to date with the latest industry trends and technologies to ensure our solutions remain cutting-edge.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong foundation in engineering first principles and practices.
  • Advanced understanding of automotive systems, including electronics, software, and mechanical components.
  • Proficiency in using engineering tools and software.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Eagerness to learn and adapt to new technologies and methodologies.
  • Possesses exterior lighting systems and/or lighting component design experience.
  • Familiarity with automotive standards and regulations. (e.g., FMVSS, ECE)
  • Experience with embedded systems and software development tools & processes (e.g., Git, Jira, SysML)
  • Experience with requirements repository tools (e.g., Jama, DOORs, Polarion).
  • Knowledge of vehicle networking protocols (e.g., CAN, LIN).

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $135,100-$183,600 (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 candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

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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