Canoo Technologies Inc.

Program Buyer - Interiors & Exteriors

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.


Plan, organize, direct, and control purchasing and procurement activities related to vehicle programs from development to 3 months after Start Of Production. (SOP)


  • Tracking program timing and cost
  • Plan For Every Part (PFEP) purchasing management by layer and subsystem.
  • Reporting on supplier readiness ensure part ordering meets the program timing requirements.
  • Execute and manage contingency part plans to support development.
  • Manage engineering change requests with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Managing ECRs, timing and volume changes to the program, engaging commodity buyers on major changes.
  • Execute and manage tooling POs from release to PPAP (including payables)
  • Support commodity sourcing in selecting the optimal capable source to support the program in all areas.
  • Generate, distribute and follow up on all RFQ’s for material and tooling.
  • Analyze quotes from suppliers & costs from potential suppliers and prepare for management review.
  • Support R3PI project purchases around product, process and business model innovation
  • Work with Logistics team and commodity buyer to identify optimal incoterms and packaging considerations to compare suppliers based on Best Landed Cost. (BLC)
  • Preparation and support to Commodity team for contract and sourcing negotiations
  • Participate in engineering meeting and forward status and open issues to commodity team.
  • Manage the AVL (Approved Vendor List) from the commodity purchasing team, ensure all suppliers are compliant.
  • Work with Program Manager on planning and schedules
  • Support commodity buyers with supplier technical reviews
  • Work with both internal and external teams and proactively resolve any potential issues that could cause Program delays.
  • Conducts research of market conditions and relevant SWOT analysis to gather data for strategic planning.
  • Investigates technology need for the program and propose Supplier On Board Agreements (SOBA) with Partners.
  • Support commodity team to establish and implement sourcing strategies.
  • Identifies Supplier candidates, establishes relationship to facilitate quoting process.
  • Support Technical Review meetings with candidate Suppliers, Commodity team and Canoo Engineering.
  • Support the preparation of comprehensive RFI/RFQ packages and support RFI/RFQ process to ensure accuracy.
  • Works with Supplier candidates and internal team to achieve best total landed cost.
  • Works with Canoo team members to construct approval package for leadership consideration, including objective evaluation of key elements such as cost, quality & delivery.
  • Attend build event to conduct on-site assessment and support logistic team in case of supplier escalations.
  • In accordance with Commodity Sourcing Strategies, negotiate development cost of design to spec suppliers. Issue Letter of Intent and collaboration agreements with corresponding Purchase Orders.
  • Issue tooling purchase orders and development cost.
  • Tracks, monitors and updates material sourcing agreements as per pre-negotiated mechanisms.
  • Monitors suppliers’ performance and works with Supplier and Canoo team members to escalate issues and quickly resolve gaps.
  • Track ECR's during program development and in production, to identify concerns and negotiates.
  • Support Engineers in sourcing suppliers for R3PI projects, contract compliance, and negotiations
  • Knowledge of Procurement principles including strategic sourcing and legal aspects of purchasing.
  • Knowledge of EV and Automotive supply base.
  • Knowledge of materials, products, manufacturing processes and market conditions in area of specialization.
  • Skill in preparing and analyzing complex technical specifications and bids.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in complex communications such as negotiation and problem resolution.
  • Skill in utilizing cost models in commercial negotiation.
  • Ability to analyze supplier's cost breakdown and to identify areas of concern.
  • Ability to prepare for and participate in the negotiation of commercial agreements such Statements of Work.
  • Ability to benchmark processes for efficiency and cost.
  • Experience with Oracle/SAP ERP, Excel (Advanced), MS office suite
  • Participate in Supplier APQP and Launch readiness reviews.
  • Experience in leading a project team.
  • Work with A/P and help resolve any Invoicing related issues.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field and 6 years of Procurement experience in manufacturing; Or, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to roll up systems from a commodity level to a system level.
  • Ability to analyze cost and identify opportunities to consolidate spend to achieve greater savings.
  • Ability to negotiate pricing and contract terms.
  • Experience working with Automotive / Electric Vehicle Commodities
  • Strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence and data-driven decision making.
  • Works well on projects on their own as well as with a team, able to clearly communicate ideas.
  • Self-driven with a concentration on execution. Likes to be accountable for their own work.

What's Cool About Working Here...

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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