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Life Cycle Assessment Analyst

Company: Rivian
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 7, 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 position will be responsible for conducting assessments of environmental issues and evaluating the environmental impacts. The ideal candidate will have industry experience conducting life cycle assessments (LCAs) of products and services, and detailed knowledge of manufacturing, design, and the value chain. The candidate should be comfortable working with imperfect data and identifying sources of uncertainty.

The successful candidate must have strong analytical skills and the ability to apply systems thinking to complex, fast-moving problems. The successful candidate will work under the direction of a team lead but will act as a subject matter expert, including designing research, gathering data, interpreting results, and developing metrics and reports. The candidate will collaborate with cross-functional small project teams.


  • Develop sustainability-related research projects through all stages: ideation, modeling, data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and reporting
  • Gather, develop, and integrate data for life cycle assessment (LCA).
  • Use data and models to develop environmental guidance and share your findings through powerful visualizations
  • Develop tools and methods to harvest and continuously update data to provide sustainability insights at scale
  • Develop reports and metrics that distill complex data into actionable insights to inform design, planning, and implementation decisions
  • Support the practical design and policy problems of various sustainability initiatives by working closely with a range of design, engineering, manufacturing, and operations teams
  • Work with big, messy datasets and derive inferences from them.


  • 2+ years of industry experience conducting life cycle analysis, driving sustainability improvements, and decarbonization within a corporation
  • Ask Why. Curious.
  • A contagious passion for sustainability
  • Experience developing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) models and a working knowledge of Carbon Accounting required.
  • Expertise with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods, modeling approaches, databases, and software (GaBi required)
  • Working knowledge of ISO 14040/44 and GHG Protocol (Including Scope 3)
  • Working knowledge and/or experience with Economic LCA (CEDA preferred)
  • Basic scripting or coding experience in Python, R, or similar
  • Proficiency with Microsoft software; Tableau and Asana is a plus.
  • Automotive or energy industry experience is a plus
  • Competence in statistical analysis, databases, and mathematical modeling
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented person with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • BS degree required; MS degrees welcome; engineering or science backgrounds strongly preferred

Seniority based on years of industry experience in a field related to Automotive, Mobility, Strategy, New Ventures, Engineering, Operations, or Customer Experience (Retail, Service).

  • Position is located in Irvine, Palo Alto, Chicago, or Normal, IL
  • Up to 25% travel
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.

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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Keywords: Rivian, Palo Alto , Life Cycle Assessment Analyst, Other , Palo Alto, California

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