Product Design Engineer, Charging Cables

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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. 

The development of electric vehicle charging technology and the widespread availability of chargers are as essential to the mass adoption of EVs as the vehicles themselves. Rivian is developing charging technology and is building a charging business that supports EV owners at every level of their charging needs, including an entire range of charging products.

A world class group of creative engineers, the Rivian Charging Product Design Team is laser focused on enabling the electric vehicle revolution through designing, engineering, and deploying the full ecosystem of Rivian Charging Products.

Rivian is seeking a star design engineer with a passion for electric vehicles and sustainability, and a track record of shipping complex, customer-facing, hardware products.

Working in a fast paced, collaborative environment as a founding member of the Charging Products Team, you’ll use your outstanding product design engineering skills to take designs from initial sketch through to flawless production.

You’ll be the directly responsible individual for:

• Developing and documenting groundbreaking new cable designs
• Ensuring all cable designs meet both electrical and mechanical requirements
• Customer facing attributes of Rivian charging cables, including mechanical qualities like flexibility
• Ensuring cables meet the appropriate regulatory standards

Collaborate with:

• Industrial Design to ensure that design intent is achieved, and to push the limits of what is possible
• The Electric Power Conversion team to ensure that power electronics design requirements are incorporated into the cable design
• Technical Program Managers to enable schedule planning and program-level risk analysis
• Supply Chain and Purchasing to develop RFQs and build relationships with vendors

Report on and Escalate:

• Key and gating technical decisions, so they can be made with expedience
• New and outstanding program-level risks and issues
• Weekly progress with respect to plan and schedule


• A Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
• A demonstrated track record of ‘outside the box thinking’ with cable development
• A fundamental understanding of the both the electrical and mechanical aspects of electrical cables
• Experience navigating “startup” ambiguity – we’re a new team building new products with new processes
• A passion for engineering, and a drive to challenge conventional thinking


Department: Product Development, Charging Products
Location: Irvine, California

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 [email protected]


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More Information on Rivian
Rivian operates in the Automotive industry. The company is located in Plymouth, MI, Normal , IL, Wittman , AZ, Irvine, CA, Carson, CA, San Jose, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Rivian was founded in 2009. It has 4300 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 550 open jobs at Rivian, click here.
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