Canoo Technologies Inc.

Program Manager – Interior/Exterior

Full Time
Location : Location
US-MI-Auburn Hills

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 Interior/Exterior Trim Program Manager will organize and drive the Planning and Management of the Interior Trim, Exterior Trim, Lighting, Switches, Seating, and Restraints Engineering programs and activities to support meeting company milestones. The role is responsible for having the highest level of Functional interaction across all departments to ensure requirements are met, and Program Managers are delivering in a timely, efficient, and detailed manner.


  • Coach & mentor the Program Managers on the team through their main deliverables and the product development milestone process
  • Set clearly defined objectives for the Program Managers, lead the teams through the most challenging issues & bottlenecks
  • With your Program Manager team, define, implement, and drive project requirements, workflows and plans while managing timelines, communications, quality, uncovering roadblocks, defining critical paths, identifying resource constraints, and any other issues that arise.
  • Monitor & approve budgetary and CAPX spend for your functional teams, rebalancing as needed.
  • Track and manage quality concerns and change requests within scope of your functional systems.
  • Lead Program Managers through the high risks and opportunities, build strong working relationships with your cross-functional peers, initiate resolution, and deliver results.
  • Continuously monitor and measure project processes and activities to identify and communicate potential inhibitors.
  • Work directly with nominated Suppliers in ensuring key deliverables/milestones are met.
  • Maintain Open Issues list and ensure effective and on time closure of such issues.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to request key input to develop and implement Interior Trim Systems to meet program milestones.


  • Bachelor's degree or above in engineering or business management or related field
  • 10+ years of proven experience in delivering complex projects in Interior Trim/Exterior Trim/Thermal/Restraints/Seat Systems, automotive or engineering industries.
  • Experience with 5D or other problem-solving methodologies and ability to drive RCCA plans to closure.
  • Familiarity with requirements, design, and sourcing of Interior Trim Systems / Parts / Components.
  • Understanding of the automotive design cycle and ability to manage change.
  • Experience managing complex stakeholder requirements and relationships.
  • Experience in project management including related software and tools.

What's Cool About Working Here...

What’s cool about our internship program… 

  • Work with some of the most innovative minds in EV 
  • Work closely with leaders working on LIVE projects in the EV industry 
  • Build long lasting relationships in a high-growth start up that will redefine urban mobility 
  • Take a big step towards your future career 
  • Lots of team-building and networking opportunities (even remotely) 
  • All Internships are PAID internships 


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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