Canoo Technologies Inc.

Vehicle Program Manager - Skateboard

Program Management
Full Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations
US-AR-Bentonville | US-MI-Auburn Hills

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 Vehicle Program Manager will be working closely with the Program Management Office and the Vehicle Program Director to help lead, define, track, and report the status of key program deliverables.


  • Integrate key attributes of Skateboard capability and performance across multiple vehicles and body styles
  • Understand and coordinate vehicle attributes related to vehicle range and performance
  • Understand and coordinate vehicle build timing and milestones across vehicle platforms, models and assembly plants
  • Work with Program Management Office in defining business processes for efficient execution of the program
  • Work with the Vehicle Program Director to define milestones, deliverables, and key performance indicators for each phase of the vehicle development program
  • Define, maintain, track, and publish the vehicle timeline
  • Work with the Vehicle Program Director to resolve impediments for the supporting teams
  • Work across Vehicle System Engineering teams to gather KPI information and build into simple dashboards for use in system team settings as well as in the vehicle program level forum
  • Publish and maintain dashboard information in key reference locations
  • Define, maintain, and publish the Product Definition Letter and Model Trim Spider
  • Undertake program management aspects of the vehicle program from time to time as needed
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to ensure content of BOM / Timing is always up-to-date
  • Validate data and confirm it is aligned with vehicle content, assumptions, and Program milestones
  • Engage with Product Planning, Engineering, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Finance teams to communicate requirements and resolve issues
  • Work with System Engineering Teams to Create and Maintain Commonality tracking matrix across vehicles and platforms
  • Work with Quality Team to identify Quality Risks and establish Quality Control Strategy
  • Prepare executive summaries and escalate issues


  • BS or MS degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience in engineering or program management in a technical environment
  • Experience in program management in the automotive industry
  • Proficient in tools required to manage complex projects (i.e. Gantt charts)

Preferred Experience

  • Proficiency using JIRA to capture and track engineering development tasks
  • Experience working with 3DEXPERIENCE in a program management capacity
  • Experience in a highly dynamic start-up environment
  • Knowledge and use of Agile Development including Sprint and Scrum activities

Physical Requirements for Physical Positions

While performing the duties of this job, employees may be required to lift up to 25 or more pounds, stand, sit, bend/stoop, or operate office equipment or machinery.


Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

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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