Canoo Technologies Inc.

IT Director, Manufacturing

Information Technology
Full Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations
US-MI-Auburn Hills | US-TX-Justin

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, IT Manufacturing is responsible for advancing technologies, processes, and teammates to enable Canoo’s factory vision of a highly connected, operationally intelligent manufacturing enterprise.


  • Collaborate with the business leadership and cross-functional teams to enable a competitive advantage through the implementation of Canoo’s factories.
  • Lead Digital Manufacturing Transformation team to solve manufacturing facilities toughest problems, providing end-to-end support to ensure value is deliver and sustain.
  • Create agile, multi-year strategic roadmaps in partnership with the business leadership.
  • Develop and manage progress against a detailed digital roadmap in coordination with the cross-functional teammates and external partners.
  • Advise and influence leadership and operations on technical solutions, standard integration methodologies and the alignment of business and technology.
  • Research emerging digital manufacturing technologies to address critical business and customer challenges.
  • Discover, experiment, lead, coordinate and deliver digital initiatives across facilities.
  • Champion change and look to improve processes by systematizing simplicity, agility, and sensible risk taking.
  • Measure and track site, regional, global results and development tools.
  • Responsible for the deployment and continuous improvement of portfolio and project management and accelerated continuous improvement practices aligned with transformation goals.
  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve the structure and processes, related to Digital Manufacturing transformation ensuring a clear path forward.
  • Proactively identify, manage, and escalate risks across projects, work streams and programs.
  • Lead communication strategy, approach, and plan; including, but not limited to content guidelines and delivery cadence.


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field (Computer Science, Engineering, or a related discipline/equivalent). MBA or related advanced degree preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience leading innovation and strategic IT projects.
  • 7+ years of experience implementing large, complex projects in a corporate environment.
  • 5+ years of experience managing a team of direct reports.
  • 3+ years manufacturing experience.
  • Leadership experience in digital strategy deployment and use of emerging technologies in world class manufacturing facilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply information-driven approaches to solve critical business challenges to realize business value.
  • Strategic thinker balancing innovation, continuous improvement, thought leadership best practices with the ability to execute and realize business value.
  • Ability to lead multiple strategic initiatives under time and resource constraints, as well as the ability to deliver in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Ability to operate and communicate at the strategic level yet focus on details to drive successful execution and deliver value.
  • Ability to decompose problems/opportunities and make decisions when problems or solutions are not clearly defined.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of management in a technical and business capacity.
  • High ability to drive strategic vision.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple large-scale, high-risk projects across a portfolio.
  • Strong facilitation skills and ability to communicate effectively with the business to identify needs and evaluate alternative solutions as required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to build teams, mentor, and coach while proactively recognize and remove obstacles on behalf of the teams.

Travel Requirements:

  •  Some Travel will be required to locations around the US

Physical Requirements:


While performing the duties of this job, employees may be required to sit for prolonged periods of time, occasionally bending or stooping, lifting up to 10 pounds, and prolonged periods of computer use

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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