Director of Testing and Facilities, Battery ESS

Normal, IL /
Propulsion – Energy Storage /
Full Time
This is what you’ll do:
·        Lead testing to support validation activities
o   Develop and execute a plan to achieve needed testing on timeframes required by validation team, program team, and other stakeholders
o   Provide forecasting of test load factors to identify potential resource shortfalls.  Provide options for outsourcing or load management to achieve all  goals on-time
o   Create test procedures for specific equipment based on outline of test goals from validation team
o   Execute testing for validation programs and provide regular updates to leadership
·        Manage test facility at Normal, IL 
o   Ensure staff, facility and asset safety in all facility operations
o   Manage the testing staff and provide all day-to-day guidance.  This includes all personnel functions, staffing, as well as technical guidance
o   Oversee install of new equipment, working with vendors to ensure that it is done on-time and correctly
o   Oversee department function operating budget
o   Maintain the facility including all preventative maintenance, calibration, and repair as needed.
o   Develop facility plans including planned upgrades to equipment
o   Work with Rivian facilities team to ensure that facility continues to meet all legal regulations including building codes and other requirements
·        Serve as Ambassador of Normal,IL test facility
o   Ensure that test facility “presents well,” including maintaining a tidy environment for potential tours
o   Present the capabilities of the facility to visitors, including Rivian leadership, customers and other VIPs, and others
this is what you’ll need:
·        10+ years of work experience in the automotive battery industry, with 15+ preferred
·        Experience working for automotive OEMs
·        Advanced degree required in electrical or mechanical engineering or a related discipline
·        Experience with test standards from regulatory and industry standards, including UN, SAE, USCAR, VDA, and other standard tests
·        Experience with electrical, thermal, and mechanical test equipment including cyclers, thermal chambers, and shakers.
·        Track record of leading high-functioning teams in battery testing
·        Strong communication skills
·        Strong quantitative skills
This is where you’ll work:
Department:  Energy Storage Systems
Location: Normal, IL
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.