Canoo Technologies Inc.

Director, Production System and Quality Assurance

Full Time
Location : Location
US-MI-Auburn Hills
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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.


Responsible for Quality Assurance including Inspection, Control, Audit, Problem solving and Quality engineering.  Mentor and guide the organization in all aspects of the Production System philosophies, concepts, methods, operating practices, tools, and deliverables.


  • Provide clear leadership working together Supplier Quality, PPAP, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Control Plans, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), and oversee continued compliance and embedding across the business.
  • Responsible for maintaining relationships with customers and Operations, to maximize profit potential and ensure efficiency.
  • Manage the audit program and improvement activities, and play a key role in ensuring project deliveries.
  • Work actively with all leaders and associates, to maintain a program of continuous improvement.
  • Lead a build-in-station and problem-solving methodology.
  • Lead the teams to achieve quality targets for customers and business goals.
  • Mentor and guide the organization in all aspects of the Production System philosophies, concepts, methods, operating practices, tools, and deliverables.
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of best-practice vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance.
  • Implement and lead the implementation, orientation, and directives of the production system, to the first aim of becoming the benchmark start-up automotive company.
  • Work side-by-side with the Manufacturing VP, to convert and coach all groups towards the goals of the production system, along with further evolutionary enhancements.
  • Continue and further the journey begun originally by Taichi Ohno, Shigeo Shingo, and W. Edwards Deming.
  • Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on Quality activities
  • Implement all relevant procedures directed by the Quality Director, for Management System (QMS) and ensure compliance
  • Ensure that all in-house systems and procedures are updated, revised and modified to meet the needs of external certification bodies
  • Respond to customer complaints supporting countermeasures, analyses, preventive measures, and assisting with short-term and long-term countermeasures
  • Help champion a program for the implementation and sustainment of a continuous improvement culture
  • The point of contact for warranty issues
  • Ensure quality documentation is up-to-date and rational. Communicate to carry forward lessons learned
  • Ensure that all necessary systems and procedures are in place to satisfy all customer requirements and audits
  • Introduce new systems and procedures where appropriate. Act as Control Department for Quality elements
  • Train others in all aspects of the quality system and application of procedures
  • Undertake internal and process audits of the Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Establish and refine quality sign-off instructions, standards and documentation                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Report against agreed quality metrics on a monthly basis
  • Facilitate regular inspection meetings with representatives from appropriate departments to support action plans for improving build quality
  • Work with the Supplier Quality Assurance function, to reduce the effect of non-conforming supplier materials on production
  • Add value at the various meetings and action/communicate instructions
  • Undertake continuous training and development
  • Support effective problem-solving, suggestions, small-circle activities, and kaizen
  • Stay current and up-to-date
  • Identify business improvement opportunities within the organisation
  • Develop, implement and support key performance indicators (KPIs) for each area of responsibility
  • Set department objectives/KPIs and review and assess ongoing performance of direct reports
  • Report and be accountable for achievement of targets. Identify any actions required
  • Ensure that Quallity operates in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors
  • Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department
  • Manage, coach and develop a high performing Quality Operations team that meets agreed objectives and which delivers best practice results, added value and continuous improvements
  • Manage and lead the team, ensuring adequate staffing levels
  • Motivate and coach the team to operational success
  • Monitor, support and facilitate the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems
  • Consistently promote high standards through personal example and work through the teams, so that everyone (ie. up, across and through the organisation understands the standards and behaviors expected of them
  • Communicate KPIs from the strategic annual plan so that every member understands reality.
  • Support the production system, and the use of Audit, VoC and The Perfect Car
  • Provide technical expertise to the team
  • Manage contractors on site to ensure they meet legal and company requirements
  • Input and hold responsibility for Quality zero-based budgets
  • Prepare the annual, zero-base Quality budget and forecasts and all Capital Expenditure proposals as well as ensuring compliance with legal standards. Manage the budget from identification to completion of projects
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance
  • Liaise with suppliers and in-house groups, to prevent and resolve quality issues


  • Prefered Bachelor's Degree from accredited institution
  • Experience with statistical analysis, work measurement and process analysis
  • Ability to multitask across multiple projects
  • Demonstrated strong work-ethic, initiative, and strong critical thinking skills
  • Proficient in necessary tools (hardware and software)
  • Confident decision making
  • Team supervision or leadership experience also preferred
  • Frequent travel between manufacturing, business, and supplier sites, including overnight.


  • Grounded with Finance, Business, Economics, Supply Chain, Operations & Technology or equivalent 15 years of experience

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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