Canoo Technologies Inc.

Project Engineer - Exterior Systems

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.


As a Project Engineer in the Exteriors team, you will be reporting directly to the In-Charge of the Exterior Systems and help effectively organize and drive current and future programs and activities and support meeting company milestones. The role is responsible for having a high level of interaction across all departments to ensure program requirements are met in a timely, organized and effective manner.


  • Define, implement, and drive project requirements, workflows and plans while managing timelines, communications, quality, risk, uncovering roadblocks, defining critical paths, identifying resource constraints and any other issue that arise
  • Finalize project scope, define initial assumptions and secure project resources
  • Manage budgetary and CAPX spend
  • Interact with cross-functional teams to define program milestones and set a plan for success
  • Provide insight around potential risks and opportunities, resolve conflict, initiate resolution, and deliver results
  • Identify and document all project milestones and deliverables, keep project plans up to date, including resource allocations, tracking hours, monitoring schedules, milestones, deliverables, updating percentage completion, etc.
  • Continuously monitor and measure project process and activities to identify and communicate potential issues, risks or problems in a timely fashion and provide corrective action options to drive to resolution
  • Escalate schedule delays due to issues and risk
  • Track and manage changes to scope
  • Work with nominees and nominated suppliers through concept and development stage and communicate technical and program requirements
  • Maintain and track open items, iterations, cost, and timing impacts from concept to production in the most effective way
  • Create formal project communication plans key project metrics and dashboard for project status communication


  • 7+ years of experience in the automotive industry
  • Proven experience of on-time delivery of world class quality exterior commodities
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of Exterior Trim, plastic, Color Material Finish requirements, overall craftsmanship requirements
  • Strong working knowledge of Design for Manufacturing
  • Experience in managing multiple activities running concurrently and with full-service suppliers
  • Experience with CATIA V5/V6
  • Experience of utilizing various manufacturing methods and material; injection molding, thermoforming, compression molding, stamping etc.
  • Experience in validating exterior components
  • Experience with Jira
  • Strong relationship and communication skills
  • Strong work ethics and commitment to engineering excellent products and making data-driven decisions
  • Hands on interest and experience in developing exterior systems from concept to production stages
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and in team
  • Automotive OEM or Tier 1 experience
  • Experience on Project Management related software and tools

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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