Canoo Technologies Inc.

HR Business Manager

Human Resources
Full Time
Location : Location

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 Human Resources Business Partner role contributes to company performance by providing tactical and strategic consulting on people and organization development strategies in support of the business objectives. Performs HR related duties at the professional level while supporting more than one functional group. This role has oversight for all aspects of the employee lifecycle while they work for Canoo.


  • Oversight for the employee, intern, and contractor on-boarding process
  • Provides consultative guidance on performance management, talent management, leadership development, organization alignment, culture, and employee engagement
  • Resolves complex employee relations issues through objective employee investigations and interviews, coaching managers, collaborating with Legal as needed
  • Leads all aspects of employee terminations, voluntary and involuntary, ensuring compliance and risk mitigation for high-risk cases and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Develops and implements HR strategies that includes, but is not limited to organizational development, performance management, talent planning and career development, leadership development, employee communications, compensation and rewards, training, and development
  • Provides expert advice and counsel to leaders on organization, leadership, and human resources issues
  • Provides coaching and mentoring to management staff with a focus on building leadership capabilities and elevating the organization
  • Identifies the development of the training/development strategies to close skill “gaps” between current and future skill sets and competencies to develop workforce and succession plans
  • Provides ongoing performance coaching and feedback to the assigned leaders to drive high performance teams and an engaged workforce
  • Leads the review of employee performance management and talent development with leaders
  • Analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data to recommend solutions and drive continuous improvement of strategic talent priorities, to include performance, retention, and the employee experience
  • Train, assess, evaluate, mentor, coach people operations staff to maximize and grow talents


Required Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Organization Development, Psychology, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years’ expert knowledge in a HR Business Partner or equivalent role working with senior business executives in a matrixed, high-growth organization
  • Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including compensation, organizational diagnosis, employee relations, performance management, and employment laws.
  • Demonstrated solid judgement and experience assessing risk relative to the business
  • Assertive conflict-resolution and problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively and work collaboratively to develop and maturate solutions
  • Effective communication and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work with minimal direction while delivering quickly and accurately in a fast-paced, undefined environment with changing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to handle complex employee issues while coaching and mentoring leadership through issues to minimize company exposure
  • Demonstrated track record influencing and strategically solving problems
  • Proven credentials as a leader with deep business acumen, including expertise collaborating and establish strong relationships with customers
  • Demonstrated leadership prioritizing key objectives while managing daily tactical requirements
  • Experience operating in a constantly changing environment, demonstrating agility in various work situations


  • Master’s degree in Human Resources related disciplines
  • Related HR certifications, e.g., SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
  • Automotive and/or technology company experience
  • Multi-disciplined HR focus areas of experience


Physical Requirements for Non-Physical Positions

 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.


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...

  • 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. 


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. 



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