Canoo Technologies Inc.

Sr. Manager, Component & Systems Test

Full Time
Location : Location

About Canoo

About Canoo

 Canoo’s mission is to bring EVs to Everyone and build a world-class team to deploy this sustainable mobility revolution. We have developed breakthrough electric vehicles that are reinventing the automotive landscape with pioneering technologies, award-winning designs, and a unique business model that spans all owners in the full lifecycle of the vehicle. Canoo is starting production in 2022 and is distinguished by its pioneering and experienced team of technologists, engineers, and designers. With offices around the country, the company is scaling quickly and seeking candidates who love to challenge themselves, are motivated by purpose, and possess a strong desire to get things done.


The “Canoo Way”

 Canoo’s success is the direct result of our disciplined application of our core operating principles and drills, which are based on three main principles: Think 80/20 (“Important versus less important”), Act 30/30 (“Reduce waste and increase output”), and Live 90/10 (“We have each other’s back”). We hire based on “MET” - Mindset, Equipment and willingness to Train - and seek individuals that take accountability and deliver results while being Humble, Hungry to succeed, and Hunting for opportunities to win. We train our team to engage with each other by modulating between their intellect (iQ) and emotional intelligence (eQ), applying Facts, Finesse, and Force when they communicate. The principles and drills of the CANOO Way have been fundamental to our success, our ability to grow, continuously improve, innovate and are at the core of our day-to-day operations.


The Sr. Manager for Component & Systems Test is responsible for the development and execution of all tests for design validation in the areas of Powertrain, HV Battery, LV Systems, Chassis/Skateboard, Cabin, Interior, Exterior, and each of their respective components. This is a foundational role in our test organization intended to build up and exponentially grow a world-class engineering team.


  • Participate in recruiting activities for exponential department growth and mature existing engineering team members and provide guidance to new in-coming staff members
  • Manage direct reports of Component & Systems Test Engineers and balance workflows of test activities in-house & tests performed out-of-house by 3rd party laboratories
  • Manage incoming test requests and set priorities based on capacity of internal resources and external 3rd party test supplier schedules
  • Lead the creation of Component & System Level Test Procedures and create Judgment Criteria to assess test results to validate Design Requirements are met
  • Manage the creation of DVP&R’s for each component & subsystem to validate reliability requirements
  • Oversee the creation of detailed Test Plans and work with internal and external test labs and test suppliers to organize and execute testing
  • Support execution of internal laboratory or offsite testing as required
  • Communicate, coordinate, and consult with design responsible engineer (DRE) team members for their respective hardware on test
  • Document Issues discovered on test, assess whether a design countermeasure is required, and report out weekly in Design Engineering Status meetings.
  • Manage the output of all open Concerns discovered on test with the responsible Design
  • Engineers until a design countermeasure is achieved and plan for validation by retest, CAE simulation, or other means in order to close out open concerns
  • Manage critical path timing of multiple tests to ensure completion on time and within budget
  • Provide guidance to Test Facilities team members on additional internal test capabilities needed
  • Provide input and guidance on Component Technical Specification (CTS) and System Technical Specifications (STS)
  • Create and automate KPI’s in order to report out weekly real-time test progress and identify areas of risk or lack of progress in our Component & System Testing activities



  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Engineering Technology, Advanced degree (MS preferred)
  • Minimum of 20 years of test engineering experience
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% of the time


  • Experience growing test teams rapidly growing capacity to support a higher test volume
  • Experience developing in-house test capabilities to support quicker testing turnaround times
  • Experienced with wide array of validation methodologies and processes
  • Extensive knowledgeable of Powertrain, HV Battery, LV Systems, Chassis/Skateboard, Cabin, Interior, Exterior, and each of their respective components
  • Knowledge of Battery Electric Vehicle architecture with detailed understanding of Powertrain, HV Battery, Chassis, Body, and LV systems and an understanding of vehicle firmware
  • Familiarity with three phase electric motor controls and high voltage motor controller devices
  • Hands on experience with dynamometer test systems, high voltage power supplies and thermal chambers
  • Experience with power converter electronics such as inverter, DC-DC converter and onboard charger for use in electric vehicles
  • Experienced in troubleshooting and root cause analysis
  • Experienced with computer operated test setups, systems, equipment and drivers
  • Strong professional and technical competence in vehicle testing and validation methods
  • Broad knowledge of creating and executing DVP&R’s
  • Experience working at various test labs and facilities with broad test industry contacts
  • Hands on ability to operate a variety of hand and power tools in servicing automobiles
  • Proven ability to identify and solve complex engineering problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, displays a high level of maturity, ability to work as a member of a small but nimble team, ability to work in a self-directed manner, and adjust to constant directional changes typical of a fast-paced start-up environment

What's Cool About Working Here...

  • Meaningful, challenging work that will redefine automotive landscape and make EVs available to everyone
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Equity Compensation
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy

Canoo is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.


Any unsolicited resumes or candidate profiles submitted in response to our job posting shall be considered the property of Canoo Inc. and its subsidiaries and are not subject to payment of referral or placement fees if any such candidate is later hired by Canoo unless you have a signed written agreement in place with us which covers the applicable job posting. 


Canoo cares deeply about the safety of all candidates who may be asked to participate in an in-person interview. While the company remains operational, some of our positions are remote, while others require working on-site. Canoo is following the Covid-19 protocols set forth by local state and federal governance and the CDC guidelines. Candidates who are vaccinated will be asked to provide a copy of proof of vaccination upon arrival for the interview. Candidates who are not vaccinated will be asked to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test that is no less than 48 hours old. We ask that you practice hand hygiene, social distance, and wear face coverings to reduce the risks of exposure to Covid-19. We appreciate your cooperation with our safety protocols while you explore your future with Canoo!


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