Canoo Technologies Inc.

Commodity Manager

Full Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations
US-CA-Torrance | US-TX-Justin | US-Remote

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.


 Evaluates, selects, and manages Suppliers for serial production commodities of a specialized and complex nature. Conducts research and analysis necessary to recommend sourcing strategies. Executes sourcing strategies to maximize opportunity, efficiency and cost effectiveness. Engages Suppliers to cultivate relationships and to maintain positive standing in industry. Manages RFI/RFQ process including preparation of all requirements and Statements of Work. Analyse supplier proposals in comparison to success criteria and applicable benchmarks. Negotiates cost and terms. Monitors Supplier performance and manages gaps. This position requires knowledge of Procurement and Manufacturing principles as well as the use of initiative and independent judgment. #LI-Remote


  • Conduct research of market conditions and relevant SWOT analysis to gather data for strategic planning 
  • Investigate technology roadmaps of industry and key suppliers to anticipate opportunities. 
  • Recommend & execute commodity sourcing strategies 
  • Identify Supplier candidates, establishes relationship to facilitate quoting process 
  • Organize and lead Technical Review meetings with candidate Suppliers and Canoo Engineering, resolves disconnect in specifications between candidates 
  • Prepare comprehensive RFI/RFQ packages and manages RFI/RFQ process to ensure accuracy 
  • Work with Supplier candidates and internal team to achieve best total landed cost 
  • Work with Canoo team members to construct approval package for leadership consideration, including objective evaluation of key elements such as cost, quality & delivery 
  • Visit Suppliers to conduct on-site negotiations and business review meetings 
  • Audit tooling and unit costs through review of supplier evidence & through on-site visitation 
  • Recommend cost reduction targets, negotiates annual productivity cost reductions, conducts VA/VE review with Supplier and Canoo team members and drives results 
  • Track, monitors, and update material sourcing agreements as per pre-negotiated mechanisms. 
  • Manage material sourcing agreement in Oracle 
  • Monitor suppliers’ performance and works with Supplier and Canoo team members to escalate issues and quickly resolve gaps 
  • Review ECR's during program development and in production, assess competitiveness and negotiates 


  • Bachelor's degree in related field and 8+ years of Procurement experience or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Experience working with Automotive / Electric Vehicle Commodities 
  • Strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence and data-driven decision making 
  • Work well on projects on their own as well as with a team, able to clearly communicate ideas 
  • Self-driven with a concentration on execution. Accountable for their own work 
  • Knowledge of Procurement principles including strategic sourcing and legal aspects of purchasing 
  • Knowledge of EV and Automotive supply base 
  • Knowledge of materials, products, manufacturing processes and market conditions in area of specialization 
  • Skill in preparing and analyzing complex technical specifications and bids 
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication 
  • Skill in complex communications such as negotiation and problem resolution 
  • Skill in construction and utilization of cost models in commercial negotiation 
  • Ability to analyze supplier's cost breakdown and to judge competitiveness 
  • Ability to prepare for and directly negotiate commercial agreements such as Statements of Work 
  • Ability to benchmark processes for efficiency and cost    
  • Experience with Oracle/SAP ERP, Excel (Advanced), MS officesuite 

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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