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Purchasing Manager, Construction & Facilities 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:

We are seeking a Purchasing manager to join the CapEx Procurement team to manage sourcing of Electrical Distribution & Control equipment and Plumbing equipment.


  • Lead RFI/ RFQ/ RFP and strategic sourcing process.
  • Develop sourcing strategies by analyzing the supply base, market conditions, and technology roadmaps.
  • Lead contractual negotiations with suppliers on NDAs, General Terms & Conditions and Production Supply Agreements.
  • Identify potential suppliers, analyze capabilities and develop a sourcing strategy and roadmap for Rivian stakeholders.
  • Perform detailed analysis of quote submissions based on cost breakdown form data.
  • Manage supplier relationships and performance through key performance metrics.
  • Review Engineering, Design & Development (ED&D) costs with Engineering leads to ensure best-in-class cost is attained.
  • Manage budget in collaboration with Rivian Finance team.
  • Work closely alongside Manufacturing engineering and Program Management to support engineering requirements, execute against build milestones and track sourcing progress.
  • Partner with the construction and engineering team to forecast demand, understand the application, review proposals, and select vendors.
  • Support Supplier Quality plant audits and technical reviews.


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Business, or Supply Chain.
  • Experience working with OEMs, EPCs, Contractors, Integrators and Consulting engineers.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Effective negotiation experience specific to electrical distribution and control equipment.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills.
  • High level of integrity.
  • Analytical skills to ensure both internal and external requests are fulfilled.
  • Attention to detail to ensure specifications being requested are received.
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with automotive, electronics or software/ hardware suppliers is a plus.

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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Keywords: Rivian, Palo Alto , Purchasing Manager, Construction & Facilities CapEx, Other , Palo Alto, California

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