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Sr. Design Research Lead

Company: Rivian
Location: Irvine
Posted on: June 6, 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.

The role:

As a Research Lead, you will work within our mobile team to help expand our research practices and connect us to our owners and the Rivian community.

What you'll be doing:

Through first hand, in-field experience with our Rivian community and partnership with our team leads, you'll establish a practice of user research including generative, evaluative and usability testing exercises.

Day to day you'll help design and plan research activities, supporting UX designers in their learning, and driving our work forward with insights and data gathered first-hand.

What you'll need:

  • Design or UX Researcher with 7+ years experience
  • Strong principle driven practice
  • Appreciation of the role of brand and design
  • Familiarity and experience with multi-modal research methods
  • Familiarity working with analytics and data to generate insights
  • Familiarity working with 3rd party research tools and partners
  • Ability to organize and prioritize research findings into actionable insights
  • Comfortable contributing to strategy and story
  • Experience setting up field research exercises

The kind of designer you are:

  • You put people first, ego last
  • You're not afraid to ask why. A lot.
  • You are comfortable with creating definition from ambiguity.
  • You are collaborative and expect change
  • You have a desire to muck-in and enjoy getting your hands dirty.

Here are some of the types of products and services you could expect to be working on:

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


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