Principal Vehicle Technical Program Manager
Posted on 3/30/2023
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Passionate about electric vehicles and the execution of cutting-edge technology
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Robotics, or a related field
  • Masters' Degree (Preferred)
  • 10+ years' experience on in product development
  • Design Release Experience preferred
  • Experience with autonomous vehicle compute systems, sensors, and vehicle integration is preferred
  • A track record of successfully delivering large scale, complex, cross-functional and capital-intensive projects. Experience is preferred within automotive domain or to have demonstrated outstanding skills from an adjacent and relevant industry
  • Existing pedigree and success in customer/partner environment
  • An ability to challenge existing assumptions, concepts, and beliefs to develop new methods
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to influence, inspire and build a culture that comes together to over deliver
  • Understanding of engineering theory, manufacturing techniques and principles of operation of mechanical/electrical systems from both a hardware and software perspective
  • Able to work efficiently and demonstrate composure under high amount of work/stress
  • High level analytical ability where problems are unusual and complex
  • Able to travel: 10% -20%
  • Engineering Critical Path - ensuring that there are timelines to manage the critical path and the teams are executing to the Tier 2 and Tier 3 timelines. Driving the drumbeat of product development based on the aligned timeline and actively de risking the critical path
  • Risk Management - working the technical teams to identify program risks, mitigation plans, and escalation before risks are realized. This is constantly evolving throughout the entire program
  • Issue Management - ensuring issues are identified and resolved effectively throughout the program and issues are burned down before moving to more complex phases of the program
  • Scope Management - work with the functional teams to determine what's needed to deliver the program objectives requested by the Vehicle line, work with cross functional team to understand and align dependencies and iterate to come to the best solution
  • Change Management - align on change management content and that the changes are necessary (align with technical leadership, chief engineer, and vehicle line), and then ensure high quality change execution when change is agreed
  • Targets Management - iterate with technical teams and vehicle lines on Budget targets, BOM cost, mass, feature targets, and then ensure the teams are achieving targets, help resolve issues, escalate roadblocks, and spot icebergs that would prevent targets from being achieved
  • Technical Integration at all levels - act as the glue between the teams to ensure there is cross collaboration, tradeoffs being made across the teams, and issues escalated
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned within the scope of the position

10,001+ employees

Electric vehicles manufacturer
Company Overview
Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. The company believes there is a more responsible way to explore the world and is determined to make the transition to sustainable transportation an exciting one. Rivian designed their emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles to challenge what's possible.
  • Ownership for All: We offer every employee the opportunity to own Rivian stock through equity programs, supporting their financial wellness.
  • Mental and Emotional Wellness: We provide employees and their families access to mental wellness platforms and our Employees Assistance Program
  • Fertility and Family Planning: We support diverse family-building journeys, providing employees with benefits such as paid parental leave and financial support for adoption, fertility treatments or surrogacy.
  • Competitive Compensation: We offer competitive compensation packages driven by mutual investment in our long-term growth and success.
  • Career Development: We enable all employees to own their development. Continuous learning opportunities and tuition reimbursement help drive performance, boost engagement and develop future leaders.
  • Transgender Benefits: In alignment with WPATH guidelines, our 2022 plans provide coverage toward medical, pharmacy and cosmetic needs.
Company Core Values
  • A diverse workforce
  • Embracing active allyship
  • Purpose-driven partnerships
  • Supporting our team