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New Grad Exterior Designer

Oklahoma City, OK

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 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 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 position involves actively contributing to the formulation of Canoo's exterior brand strategy in collaboration with the Canoo Design Team's leadership. It requires transforming conceptual sketches into 3D designs, infusing creativity while considering market and competition dynamics.

The role plays a key part in translating production and concept discussions into actionable plans for automotive projects. Effective documentation and meticulous note-taking are essential to ensure seamless communication and project updates across geographically dispersed teams. 

Responsibilities (80s of the Position) 

  • Create compelling and clever design proposals for various concept and production projects in form of sketches, renderings and 3D digital models.
  • Meet with Management, Engineering, Marketing, Brand and Design team to discuss design criteria provided.
  • Support ongoing projects for new models, and general infotainment interface design improvements for existing models.
  • Document all requests from C Suite executives directly, then action taken and communicate clear and effective notes back to Torrance Design.
  • Oversee the development of models by Clay and CAS sculptors and fabricators.
  • Create high quality presentation images for Press Releases and Design Manuals using Photoshop, ALIAS, Blender, Vred, keyshot and VR presentations.

Required Experience 

  • Bachelor's Degree in transportation Design, Industrial design.
  • Knowledge in automotive software, Alias, Photoshop, Blender, Keyshot, Unreal, VR software, Word processing and email software.
  • Demonstrate a true understanding of the subtleties of 3D surface and translation of a 2D sketch into reality.
  • Self-starter that can execute with minimal input from management.
  • Passion for automotive design/automotive exterior design.
  • Professional, motivated and pro-active working attitude.
  • Ability to travel and ability to show passion and dedication to learn and integrate into a modern flexible work schedule.

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. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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