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Lead Materials Engineer

Company: Rivian
Location: irvine
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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.

We operate development centers in Plymouth, Michigan; Southern California (Irvine, Carson & LA); Silicon Valley (San Jose and Palo Alto); Vancouver, British Columbia; and Surrey, England; as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.

This is what you'll do:

* Responsible for providing guidance to the product development and design teams on the right material choices for components both visible and unseen. * Responsible for identifying and setting key performance and durability attributes for interior soft trim, including rolled goods such as cloth, polymeric films, and other coverstock materials. * Responsible for identifying and setting key performance and durability attributes for interior trim, painted and unpainted. * Responsible for setting VOC and odor targets for interior materials. * Work closely with the Rivian Central Materials team for collaboration and standardization across other Rivian departments. * Lead Advanced materials development with a focus on sustainability initiatives. * Conduct material characterization to input and maintain Rivian Materials Database. * Author Materials Standards documents and qualify suppliers for production requisites on all visible trim parts. * Provide polymer materials modeling inputs for virtual analyses (CAE, Durability and other Multiphysics simulations). * Work in conjunction with Supplier Quality Engineering on supplier DFMEA and Purchasing teams for product costing. * Implement validation testing and issue corresponding documentation for all identified components.

This is what you'll need:

* S/M.S./Ph.D. in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Polymer Sciences is preferred * 10+ years practical experience directly related to Automotive plastics, polymeric films, and composites formulation and processing * Proven experience with handling multiple complex projects simultaneously * First-class communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively across multiple sites & time zones??to a wide range of audiences * A demonstrated ability to solve problems using a first-principle physics based approach * Very organized and detail oriented in documentation, report writing, and data cross functional data management * An eagerness to work cross-functionally in a dynamic environment * Sound commercial and financial awareness * Microsoft Office suite proficiency

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rivian is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rivian are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Rivian will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rivian encourages applicants of all ages.


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