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Construction Project Director, Manufacturing

Job in Normal - McLean County - IL Illinois - USA , 61790
Company: Rivian
Contract position
Listed on 2021-02-26
Job specializations:
  • Engineering
    Structural Engineer
  • Construction
    Building, Construction Manager, Site Manager
Job Description & How to Apply Below
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.

We operate development centers in Plymouth, Michigan; Southern California (Irvine, Carson & LA); Silicon Valley (San Jose and Palo Alto); Vancouver, British Columbia; and Surrey, England; as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.

Role Summary

The Construction Project Director, Manufacturing works closely with the Real Estate, Design/Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations and Purchasing managers and shall lead a facilities construction team to ensure all financial, administrative, contractual, and technical aspects of multiple projects are being executed as required.

The facilities project management team consists of project managers and associated support staff which directly oversee vendors, subcontractors and/or general contractors. The primary function of the Construction Project Director is to provide construction-related project management services for production readiness and expansion and shall report to the Director of Construction, Facilities. The Construction Project Director is the primary contact for internal and external business partners as well as leaders/stakeholders for all construction activities. The Construction Project Director is also the first line of defense in setting and maintaining construction quality standards and expectations across all projects assigned.


* Develop work plans, delegate and manage Rivian construction staff responsible for overseeing performance of general contractors, and occasionally directly to trade subcontractors
* Monitor the work for compliance with schedule, budget, quality, safety, and overall conformance with the contract documents
* Project responsibility covers from concept (via Manufacturing Engineering), design, construction, and beyond to include handover to operations, closeout and ongoing warranty & maintenance
* The scope of work typically includes:
* Ground-up warm building core & shell construction
* Common MEPSF infrastructure to support all aspects of automotive manufacturing including, but not limited to; stamping, body, paint, battery, general assembly, quality.
* Typically to "first valve" or disconnect for equipment.
* Although the scope typically excludes the installation of manufacturing equipment, the Project Director should have experience and be familiar with modern automotive shop equipment and processes.
* Establish or review contractor and vendor RFP documents (scope narratives, schedules, etc.), attend job walks and selection/award review meetings
* Review contract documents and monitor procurement, pre-bid conferences, and evaluations
* Coordinate activities with other Rivian staff, departments, and public agencies
* Resolve field construction problems in coordination with engineering staff, third parties, and other agencies as necessary
* Attend progress meetings, develop status reports, and deliver presentations, as required
* Recommend policy and procedure improvements
* Assist in negotiating with contractors regarding changes to design, construction work scope, and schedules
* Develop and implement a quality audit program, monitor contractor corrective actions, and ensure a quality project conforming to plans and specifications
* Resolve claims, suggest ways to mitigate impacts, and develop workarounds while maintaining project schedules, budgets and quality expectations
* Support Rivian safety vision and comply with all safety rules, policies, and procedures


* Lead a construction team "the Rivian way," providing professional influence on the work exemplifying respect, leadership, commitment, vision and teamwork.
* Ability to effectively solve problems and conflicts
* Ability to plan, coordinate, and provide leadership in the execution of complex, fast-paced and/or unorthodox construction projects
* Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of construction
* Knowledge of multiple project delivery methodologies, including; design/bid/build, design/build, GMP and cost plus and partner with Finance / Purchasing on best methods needed per project
* Ability to delegate and manage multiple PMs effectively, including the ability to train PM's to Rivian office and field quality standards
* Ability to support and provide "customer service mentality" for multiple internal stakeholders effectively
* Ability to assess the operational effectiveness of contractors and subcontractors
* Possesses written and oral communication skills to support decisions and recommendations
* Conduct meetings and provide effective leadership to construction team members
* Lead site walks through the facility with a focus on project status, manpower, quality of completed works and forward-looking schedule reviews to ensure site readiness
* Lead project specific quality walks to train and maintain project teams on Rivian completion standards and ensure cross-project standards alignment for total build plan consistency
* Ensure actionable feedback on all meetings and quality walks is broadcasted to all key team members and that relevant updates are transitioned fully back to the Basis of Design (BOD) or into other active projects as needed
* Monitor and review budgets within established parameters
* Ability to analyze and interpret technical materials accurately and effectively
* Effective in making objective decisions
* Strong knowledge of construction and engineering drawings and specifications and submittal and RFI processes related to effective project management
* Demonstrated interpersonal skills
* Ability to work with construction contractors, vendors, and consultants
* Demonstrated analytical skills
* A bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or construction management is preferred; ten (10) years of managing project teams, and five (5) years leadership experience managing construction projects of similar size and complexity.
* The physical demands associated with the duties and responsibilities described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job. This includes ability to spend extended hours walking construction sites and traveling to different project sites and offices.
* The work environment described herein is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. The Senior Project Manager will be based at a regional office, visit job site locations and attend meetings at multiple offices. Exposure to outdoors, dust, high noise levels, hot and cold weather is likely. Wearing personal protective equipment and adhering to Rivian's published Employee Health and Safety (EHS) guidelines is mandatory.


Equal Opportunity

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.


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Position Requirements
Less than 1 Year work experience
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