Manager, Engineering Training and Development

Palo Alto, CA /
Human Resources – Human Resources /
Full Time
Employee Experience is at the forefront of how we design and create intuitive, innovative, and adventurous products that our customers will love. We strive to understand and anticipate our learners’  knowledge, skill and developmental gaps to accelerate their careers. In this role, you will develop and scale training programs to support Rivian’s Engineering organizations. Specifically, you’ll design and deploy training on Onboarding, the Rivian approach to Problem Solving, CAD, Driver Training, and will be responsible for the learning and development of all employees involved in designing and developing our products. You will develop our onboarding and continuing education curriculums, as well as partner with the business to refining our processes to help Rivian design and deliver world class vehicles at scale.


    • Developing and maintaining our onboarding and on-the-job training for all Engineering team members, indoctrinating them in Rivian culture
    • Hire, manage and lead a team of learning professionals and SME’s to deliver engaging and effective and learning programs and solutions 
    • Develop programs to ensure team members are cross-trained and certified to deliver flexibility and variance in skills across the Engineering organization
    • Work collaboratively across functions and manage stakeholders in Engineering Leadership and cross-functionally representing the Learning & Talent Org and broader People Org
    • Measure and communicate the effectiveness of the learning programs you oversee – Develop KPIs and evaluation protocols for tracking and improving internal training processes and programs – communicate impact and key learnings to C-suite and executive leadership
    • Demonstrate operational excellence and the ability to relentlessly prioritize  
    • Monitor the health of the business and partner with leadership and cross functional business partners to identify and address opportunities and solutions where learning can positively impact the business
    • Scale training programs with cutting-edge learning and development tools across various locations, modalities and needs
    • Ensure all training programs reflect and are aligned to Rivian’s mission and core values
    • Ensure our training programs are consistent, replicable, and scalable as the Engineering org grows and evolves
    • Be responsible for the budget and oversight of vendor relationships   


    • Minimum Requirements:
    • An experienced leader who can set strategy, define and execute a plan, and measure and iterate as needed  
    • Ability to manage change and maintain an agile mindset
    • A strong communicator (written and verbal) as well as someone who values collaboration and getting things done together
    • Comfortable operating in highly ambiguous environments
    • Willing to identify where process is needed and drive consensus amongst partner workgroups
    • Someone who happily embraces the pace and pressure of building a company from the ground up

    • Preferences:
    • 5+ years in Manufacturing or Learning & Development, 3+ years in people management
    • Understanding of the automotive, engineering, and six sigma practices
    • Designed an end-to-end training program including QA and metric management
    • Deep knowledge of adult learning principles, instructional design, learning and development tools, and project/program management
    • Humility
    • Belief that there is always room to improve 


    • Department: Learning & Talent
    • Location: Northern or Southern California  
Rivian is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rivian is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rivian are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Rivian will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rivian encourages applicants of all ages.