Canoo Technologies Inc.

Director, Human Resources

Human Resources
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 Director, Human Resources will be responsible for day-to-day management of comprehensive / proactive HR support for all levels of employees in the Tulsa Office.  Provide leadership in the areas of onboarding, employee relations, compliance, performance management, employee communication, employee development, and manpower planning in our Oklahoma and Arkansas facilities.  Acting as the 20 to the CHRO to develop a principle based culture and developing the best-in class-employee experience.


  • Partner with the Canoo Leadership team in standing up the Tulsa office
  • Partner with the Sr. Director of Talent Acquisition to ensure the team is meeting the hiring goals and objectives of Canoo’s hiring needs to deliver solutions for human capital challenges and priorities
  • Develop and manage onboarding programs for new hire in the Tulsa office as well as the relocation of existing Canoo employees to Oklahoma
  • Manage employee relations, training and development and offboarding
  • Support strategies that will consider succession planning, career development, and organizational development
  • Ensure compliance with Federal and state employment laws, developing effective policies and programs for employee relations
  • Oversight of HR Generalist, who will support employee onboarding programs
  • Lead all aspects of employee terminations, voluntary and involuntary, ensuring compliance and risk mitigation for high-risk cases and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and expert advice to leaders and management staff regarding human resources matters
  • Identify competencies or opportunities for improvement in skill sets that will develop a strong workforce and allow for succession planning
  • Provide performance coaching and feedback to leaders to drive high performing teams and an engaged workforce


Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business, or other related field or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in Human Resources
  • Extensive knowledge with local and Federal laws
  • Experience influencing and advising senior leaders on complex employment matters
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels of employees and management
  • Comfortable with being fast-paced and flexible as needs and priorities shift and change with a growing business
  • HR experience in a technology, start-up, or high growth company
  • Captures and promotes the voice and vision of executive leadership in all employee activities
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to travel up to 25 percent to other Canoo office locations


Preferred Experience 

  • Master’s degree with specialization in Human Resources, Business, or Organizational Leadership
  • 10 years’ experience working in Human Resources at a Senior Management level
  • Experience working in a start-up or manufacturing environment
  • Passion to change the world by simultaneously bringing electric vehicles to all and improving the environment in a way that has never been done before

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!


inTulsa has partnered with Canoo and is managing the hiring process for this position. A representative from inTulsa will contact you on behalf of Canoo should your skills be a great match for the role. Thank you for your interest in Canoo!


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