Canoo Technologies Inc.

Sr. Cost Estimator

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 Costing Estimator is a critical player on the Finance team, ultimately responsible for commodity costs derived from zero base estimating and reporting to the Cost Estimating team. The Cost Estimator interacts with manufacturing, engineering, program management and supply chain to establish estimates of costs on standard and special parts or products. In addition, the Cost Estimator must be a leader in driving costs down while being a diplomat for fairness and value.


  • Weekly (or other scheduled recurrence) Dashboard publishing of complete vehicle cost for all Canoo vehicles in development
  • Comprehensive estimation of complete vehicle cost for future and potential programs
  • Benchmark-based projections
  • Ground-up cost creation from technical data
  • Adjustments to current production costs for new specifications
  • Rapid turnaround of various ad-hoc cost estimation requests:
  • Engineering change assessments
  • Make vs. buy analyses
  • Tooling and capital equipment estimates
  • Work Content and Overhead estimates for internal operations
  • Development of the most efficient and accurate methods to calculate costs and track the aggregate vehicle costs and communicate the results company-wide to stakeholders
  • Ultimately produce any costs or data needed by the Program Controlling team to run their business case analysis
  • Serve as the focal point for any communication between Costing and the rest of the teams at Canoo; ensure that other disciplines “buy in” to our philosophy and approach and support Costing as needed
  • Advise upper management on setting targets and goals for future business simulations, giving insight on areas for improvement in our current cost structure


  • 5+ years’ experience in Automotive or other manufacturing organizations
  • Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, business, or engineering
  • Strong Excel familiarity
  • Someone who is willing (and excited) to roll up their sleeves and dig through data, both agile enough to build Excel models from the ground up when needed and disciplined enough to strictly enforce existing processes
  • A professional who is comfortable interacting with teammates of various backgrounds and levels of experience – from first-year analysts to senior executives, sales, engineering, legal, etc. Soft skills for managing people outside their immediate team will be key
  • An open-minded catalyst for change and improvement who is comfortable with a rapidly-changing environment

Preferred Experience

  • 10+ years Automotive experience (program management, Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain)
  • Experience in modeling or analysis in Excel, SQL databases, or similar tools
  • PowerBI, or proficiency in other visual reporting tools

Requirements and Expectations

  • Ability to facilitate remote work as needed, and perform work and attend meetings during the standard working day in California (Pacific) time
  • Able to travel domestically up to 25% of working time
  • Ability to relocate is preferred, but not required

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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