Manager, NPI Material Handling


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. 


NPI Material handling Manager is the onsite leader for all material coordination, from receiving inbound shipments to warehousing, kitting and lineside supply this leader is focused on accuracy whilst operating in a fast paced, ever changing, pre-production build environment.

In this role you shall assume ultimate responsibility for a 63,000 square foot warehousing operation and lineside supply of all pre-production materials. This position is onsite in Irvine, CA and reports directly to the NPI Senior Manager. 


  • Supports and teaches all processes associated with the NPI Material Handling Group.
  • Communicates between shifts, departments, and locations to implement best practices, resolve problems, and sustain consistent performance to objectives, enabling Rivian to deliver exciting next generation vehicles
  • Evaluates shift quality (Warehouse targets for inventory accuracy + Kitting targets for lineside delivery) and performance levels and ensures the shift meets continuous improvement requirements.
  • Evaluates bottlenecks in upstream processes and collaborates process improvement.
  • Evaluates and develops countermeasures for downstream delivery issues.
  • Implements and monitors the metrics for the Group and leads the tool.
  • Teaches, plans, and implements the Rivian Production and Quality Network with emphasis on the five core principles.
  • Coordinates operational changes with the Warehouse(s) and Pilot Assembly plant.
  • Maintains housekeeping standards and applies 5S as prescribed in Lean Manufacturing
  • Supports defining and utilizing appropriate inventory controls and processes.
  • Ensures proper use and care of equipment, and safety.
  • Responsible for implementing cross functional and job rotation training where applicable.
  • Mentoring pilot production facility Material Handling Group Leaders, Material handling analysts and change coordination and others – will constantly seek operational efficiency.
  • Shall Manage all direct reports, develop job duties for the organization, monitor and feedback all direct reports on a quarterly basis.
  • Travel to Normal IL production facility as required.


  • Degree in Supply chain operations field preferred
  • Experience with Materials Requirement Planning “MRP”/Inventory Management Software such as SAP Preferred.
  • Experience with SAP EWM.
  • Proficient in strategies for warehouse set up and material flow
  • Working knowledge in Excel, Word, Power point, and Outlook programs. Strong leadership skills, experience managing multiple teams preferred.
  • Ability to set tasks and responsibilities
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and stay within budget.
  • Strong team orientation and cross functional attitude.
  • 3 years previous supervisory experience highly preferred.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as governmental regulations, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to communicate in a high-pressure environment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • In the performance of the duties of this job the employee is required to travel, drive a motor vehicle, communicate using telephone and e-mail.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high pressure environment
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Internal candidates interested in this position are required to have spent 6 months in their current position before moving onto another team. 

This is where you’ll work:

Department: New Product Introduction

Location: Onsite Irvine CA.

Equal Opportunity

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