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Electronics R&D Lab Manager

Company: Rivian Automotive
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

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.

Rivian Electrical R&D Labs are the backbone of GSD (Getting Stuff Done!) for our Hardware teams. Rivian is continuing to integrate major electrical systems and components and rapidly growing vertically. This growth equals rapid career advancement opportunities for those that love challenges and fast-paced high-performance culture.

Rivian is seeking a world-class manager to serve in the position of Electronics Lab Manager to manage the day-to-day operational activities of a working product development lab. This person will own prototype and product delivery projects, infrastructure development, material logistics, resource management and development, and equipment maintenance, to ensure that our labs are operating and at peak performance while minimizing downtime.


  • Lead laboratory operations for the Electronics R&D Development Lab
  • Support and manage lab construction projects with Facilities to deliver outcomes on time and within budget constraints.
  • Develop, deploy, and maintain general lab processes, data acquisition strategy, and quality development processes across all lab locations
  • Working with internal managers, Product Design, Test, and software to develop and manage the 3-5 year lab outlook and roadmap.
  • Monitor industry best practices and integrate solutions that benefit Rivian product development and testing teams
  • Provide technical direction to lab resources and guide the team through project implementation
  • Provide resource capability, data acquisition, and facility improvement ideas to keep lab capabilities ahead of customer needs
  • Monitor lab financials for all areas to provide input to lab metrics and look for cost savings and optimization opportunities
  • Work with management to identify core proficiencies to build out opportunities
  • Create and maintain an organizational culture that encourages innovation, collaboration, excitement/commitment, a sense of urgency toward goals, and continuous improvement. Challenges team members to question the status quo and ensure that all aspects of the design, development, and support process are optimal for the industrial/commercial market.
  • Designs and directs the work of the team. Selects, coaches and develops staff. Sets clear expectations to inspire and motivate the team. Manages performance-- recognizing achievement, providing feedback, and administering progressive discipline when necessary.
  • Engage in and lead lab operation planning processes, recruitment, retention, talent acquisition, development, and mentoring
  • Develop lab talent throughout the "lab community" by identifying, training, and implementing growth plans for employees

    • BS+ in Engineering, Business, or Industrial Technology or 10+ years of related experience in the operations function within a similar working environment
    • 7+ years of progressively increasing management bringing high-performing Electronics Technician Teams
    • Experience in prototype electronics development, electronics testing, rework and repair of PCBAs, and assembly of electronic assemblies to required standards
    • Experience Implementing OSHA Safety guidelines with EHS, ESD Control, and Hazardous Material Control processes
    • Knowledge of IPC 610/620/7711, J-STD, and other assembly/rework and inspection standards.
    • Experience with ordering, setting up, and maintaining equipment is Required
    • Knowledge of field management, returns, and warranty processes
    • Experience with Setting up new lab spaces
    • Self-motivated, organized, and an effective communicator
    • Proven Organizational and Problem-Solving Skills to meet deadlines
    • Ability to quickly pivot between tasks and prioritize simultaneous tasks in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to lift 30lbs
    • Light Travel May be Required (-20%)


      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.

      Please note that we are currently not accepting applications from third party application services.

Keywords: Rivian Automotive, Irvine , Electronics R&D Lab Manager, Executive , Irvine, California

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