Continuous Improvement Partner

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About Rivian:
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:
Our Continuous Improvement Partners support the Corporate and Factory Continuous Improvement teams with coordination execution of day to day actions and long-term efforts related to the Rivian Integrated Operating System. This role will report to our Manager of Continuous Improvement and is on site in Normal, IL.
  • Collaborate with manufacturing teams from a variety of backgrounds to define and establish best practices and standards through processes and documentation that meet Rivian’s needs.
  • Work with RIOS Leadership Steering Committee to continually improve the RIOS framework and share knowledge.
  • Support training teams with leadership and team member onboarding and ongoing trainings to establish and support core culture as well as deploy new RIOS concepts to the production floor.
  • Partner with teams across the factory on the implementation, sustainment, and improvement of the Rivian Integrated Operating System through coaching, doing, auditing, and assisting.
  • Lead hands-on coaching focused on production system topics including observations, leader standard work, 5s, waste elimination, and continuous improvement.
  • Promote accountability across the organization by performing RIOS audits to ensure tools are effectively used and behaviors are demonstrated. Provide coaching to Operations leaders to further develop skills.
  • Be a mentor, coach, and resource to Operations team for problem solving, developing metric targets, and driving continuous improvement.
  • Approach challenges from a strategic perspective, reframing problems, seeking regular feedback, effectively communicating with all stakeholders, and ensuring accountability among all parties involved.
  • Strong problem-solving skills are critical to help guide operations teams on the floor through the process and build problem solving capabilities.
  • Strategic and forward-thinking mindset. Will need to think outside the box and create new things from nothing.
  • Strong understanding of Manufacturing and scope of responsibilities for all Rivian support groups and functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve ambiguous, cross-functional problems and set execution plans.
  • Highly motivated self-starter and constructive team-player. Willing to make hands-on contributions to development and deployment onto the shop floor.
  • This position requires 5+ years of industry experience in a field related to manufacturing Operations.
  • Bachelor’s degree required in Technical (Engineering, Math, Science) or related technical field. Non-degreed candidates with additional direct related operations experience will be consider in lieu of degree requirement.
  • Experience working in and/or developing production systems in an OEM setting is highly preferred.
  • Hands-on experience leading projects and processes involving cross functional teams.
  • Certifications in Project Management Methodology, Lean, and Six-Sigma (Green Belt Minimum) preferred.
Company Statements:

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