Vehicle Dynamics Systems Engineer - Steering

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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. 

Role Summary

You will be responsible for championing vehicle level features that relate to steering.  You will bring together several different organizations within Rivian to define, develop, execute and validate steering features across multiple vehicle programs.


  • Connect vehicle level features and requirements to the Chassis and Controls Systems domains to create innovative solutions
  • Own the flow and cascading of requirements and target setting for vehicle level features in the design phase as well as the activities and planning required for validation of those features in the build/testing phase for each vehicle program
  • Provide input on future program direction using systems engineering tools such as multi-dimensional impact analyses
  • Work cross-functionally with other system domains to deliver complex distributed functions
  • Work directly with Chassis Hardware and Software engineers to design, develop, implement, and test integrated Chassis Systems
  • Develop system and component level requirements/targets and tests for the steering systems
  • Support Functional Safety concept definition and implementation
  • Work at all levels of the V-model to ensure system delivery
  • Communicate cross-functionally with the Chassis, Powertrain, Testing and Controls teams to improve the integration of the vehicle subsystems into one harmonized driving experience
  • Work hard, exceed expectations, challenge industry conventions, and relentlessly strive to make truly exceptional products


  • B.S. or higher in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience in automotive Chassis development with a focus on Vehicle Dynamics
  • Systems engineering experience, specifically the automotive development processes using the V-cycle
  • Working knowledge of regulatory and certification requirements
  • A solid understanding of the core concepts of vehicle dynamics
  • Detail-oriented personality
  • Knowledge of Chassis/Powertrain mechatronic systems
  • Experience in supporting a vehicle program from concept to production
  • Working understanding of vehicle networks (CAN)
  • Strong DFMEA/DVPR knowledgebase
  • An understanding of the ISO26262 process
  • Strong communication skills, including written and verbal
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.

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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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