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Quality Launch Manager

Company: Rivian Automotive
Location: Irvine
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Job Description:

The Launch Quality, Manager will be a cross-functional role, connecting Product Development, Engineering and Operations organizations to bring new vehicles to life. In this role, you will partner with Design, Engineering, Supply Chain, Operations, Production Control, Manufacturing & Process Engineering teams to be the voice of Quality manufacturing during Prototype builds ensuring that all branches of quality functions are ready to deliver high-quality vehicles to our customers. You will be responsible for the generation of strategic plans to driveoptimization andefficiency through data, improve quality processes, help create the company's quality standards and testing systems to reflect efficiency, reliability, and performance on a vehicle platform level. In addition, the creation of documentation that reports concerns related to the launch and proposals to close those items.
This position reports directly to the Manager of Launch Quality in Irvine, CA.

  • Ensure readiness for the execution of development builds, as well as successful factory product launches for different vehicle platforms.
  • Plan and ensures proper and effective support of resources across Quality for new project builds.
  • Participate in and lead, various cross-functional Program and Manufacturing Readiness forums. Provide clear updates on status and recovery plans as necessary at both working, and executive levels by being able to interact, integrate, and drive results across teams in design, manufacturing engineering, supply chain, manufacturing quality, production operations, production control, service, etc.
  • Able to provide project status, summary, and issue resolution tracking reports.
  • Plan, organize, and orchestrate pre-launch build activities.
  • Facilitate ramp management with operations teams, identify all needed activities and coordinate the execution and risk mitigation of those activities according to New Model Operational Plans.
  • Help the operations readiness workstream, ensuring they meet target objectives and escalate/develop recovery plans as needed.
  • Ensures shop floor organization for all Quality team, safety, and department 5S during prototype Builds.
  • Manage the milestones and completion of critical path deliverables.
  • Lead the Quality team to identify the root of technical issues, recommend and implement fixes prior Design Handover.
  • Monitor and steer systematic problems through the operations system (Rivian Concern System).


    • Bachelor's degree, Engineering, Business, or similar field/equivalent experience.
    • 8+ years of quality experience in manufacturing or engineering environment.
    • 4+ years' experience launching products from prototype into series production
    • Production Operations Knowledge - Has a firm understanding of how complex production lines operate including production control, material handling, supply chain, quality, and production team.
    • Understanding of how the manufacturing validation process runs in relation to complex new products that stretch across various engineer teams and manufacturing centers/factories (methodology, validation plans, associated KPIs).
    • Experienced/High proficiency in AIAG Core Tools and significant CQI publications and standards.
    • Demonstrated project management skills.
    • Hands-on experience with Quality Management Systems (QMS) and testing methodologies.
    • In-depth understanding of technical documentation.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills (8D or similar method problem solving experience)
    • Proficient in MS Office, Minitab, email, etc.
    • Must be able to travel at least 20%, travel may increase in time
    • Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
    • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
    • Team player - ability to work in a fast-paced, highly ambiguous, multi-cultural environment with cross-functional teams.
    • Salary Range for California Based Applicants: $135,000 - $155,000 (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.

Keywords: Rivian Automotive, Irvine , Quality Launch Manager, Executive , Irvine, California

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