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Purchasing Manager, Battery Capex

Company: Rivian
Location: Palo Alto
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.

ROLE SUMMARY: Lead commercial sourcing, development, and industrialization of Rivian HV Battery Interconnect manufacturing supply chain and internal build capabilities through smart, effective capex strategy and execution.


Managing equipment /automation supplier development and strategic relationships:

  • Identify suppliers, assess capabilities, and develop sourcing roadmaps with Rivian stakeholders.
  • Build and maintain unique understanding of supply base, market conditions, and technology roadmaps.
  • Lead strategic sourcing events (RFI/ RFQ/ RFP), supplier interfacing, as well as dispute resolutions.
  • Steer contractual negotiations with suppliers on NDA's, Purchase Agreements, and Statement of Works.
  • Create should-cost models to build program budgets with cross-functional teams.

Support in timely and CapEx efficient design, execution, and life cycle sustaining of new factories and equipment projects with manufacturing engineering partners and key cross-functional teams:

  • Drive cost and commercial value negotiations with detailed data-based analysis.
  • Manage supplier and tiered supplier performance through key performance metrics.
  • Monitor capex spend forecast (totals and timing) and risk with Rivian Finance team.
  • Work closely alongside Program Management to support program requirements, execute against build milestones and track progress.

Communicate directly with senior leadership team on key strategic supplier and technological decisions:

  • Drive commercial and business decisions influencing direction of the CapEx supply chain with leadership.
  • Expand and support planning of Rivian's global CapEx supplier footprint


  • 2-5 years of relevant experience (manufacturing, operations, or supply chain).
  • Bachelor's and/or Advanced degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, or Business.
  • Managed commercial relationships in an Automotive, Electronics or high-volume manufacturing business.
  • Experience working and managing projects globally, and flexibility to travel.
  • Strong understanding of the technology and supplier landscape in Battery and/or EV manufacturing.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills, high level of integrity and emotional IQ.
  • Analytical skills, technical literacy, and attention to detail required to solve complex cross-functional issues.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages a bonus

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.

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