Circularity and Sustainability Lead

Irvine, CA /
Operations – Strategic Operations /
Full Time
This is what you’ll do:
·This role is more than minimization and avoidance of waste, this role is about designing and collaborating to create products for good, not less bad.
·Collaborate with upstream engineering teams to design “cradle to cradle” products
·Work cross-functionally with engineering, operations, facilities, design, maintenance, production, supply chain, finance and procurement teams to deliver on Rivian’s circularity and sustainability targets
·Drive the implementation of Rivian’s zero waste program by building partnerships across business groups and driving initiatives in a collaborative and influential way
·Research, develop, and implement the roadmap to reach zero waste and circularity
·Generate business plans and cost-benefit analyses for major engagements with vendor partners, supported by data and metric reporting. In other words – quantify ambiguous problems and solve them smartly.
·Develop and improve internal processes to drive efficient execution
·Assist and collaborate with teams at the manufacturing facility to creatively monetize and reuse waste
this is what you’ll need:
·A strong passion for sustainability and circularity
·5-10 years’ experience as a program manager in a fast paced, often ambiguous environment
·Bachelor’s degree in Technical (Engineering, Math, Science) or Business. Non-degreed candidates will be evaluated that can demonstrate exceptional backgrounds and ability to do the job.
·Persuasive style and motivational skills that drive participation across business units within the company
·Experience and knowledge with circular economy concepts, particularly in the context of product engineering, facilities, and materials selection
·Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical information in a concise way to a non-technical audience, and vice versa
·Ability to align business implications while considering applicable regulatory and market constraints
·Breadth of exposure and demonstrated understanding of multiple company functions and how they connect. Ex: Engineering, Manufacturing, Facilities. Retail and Service. Finance.
·Demonstrated ability to solve ambiguous, cross-functional problems and set execution plans as well as develop processes
·Highly motivated self-starter and constructive team-player
·Ability to identify “next steps” independently and execute on a plan with significant autonomy
·Ability to have impactful conversations that educate stakeholders and influence cross-functional teams
This is where you’ll work:
Department: Strategic Operations
Location: Multiple with eventual relocation to Irvine, CA.
Rivian description:
We Are Rivian
Rivian is building a new kind of car company. Starting from a clean sheet has allowed us to learn from and leverage what’s been done in the past while giving us the freedom to reimagine mobility from the ground up. Our vehicles and technology are designed and engineered to challenge what’s possible and to inspire people to explore the world in new ways.
We believe in the power of adventure. While a vehicle can’t make someone adventurous, it can nurture that fundamental desire in each of us to go places we’ve never been and do things we’ve never done — thoughtfully and sustainably. Science and invention depend on our innate curiosity and desire to explore the unknown.
Our development centers are located in Plymouth, MI, San Jose, CA, Irvine, CA and Surrey, England. In addition to these four locations, we have a modern manufacturing facility in Normal, IL and will begin production of our R1T and R1S in 2020.
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.