About Canoo

If you're intrigued by the dream of working alongside the smartest & most revolutionary designers and engineers in the EV space, Canoo just may be the place for you. Are you a person who is irked by the status quo? Do you derive personal satisfaction from doing something you've never done before, and seeing that work actually put into production? Here at Canoo, every day is vastly different from the one before it, as we're moving swiftly toward our goal of changing the way the world looks at Urban Mobility. We’re a well-funded start-up, led by the who's who of EV business leaders, whose passion brought them together on this special mission. We're diligently preparing for our first vehicle launch and looking for deeply experienced and passionate talent, who are not just looking for a “job," but rather are driven to raise the bar and create new benchmarks within the global EV industry. Read on...

Job Purpose

The Functional Safety Engineering Manager owns and delivers the functional safety and risk management strategy, policies, team, tools, and budget for all Canoo vehicles.


  • Build and manage the functional safety team
  • Set company strategy, policy, processes, and directives regarding functional safety
  • Establish processes and expectations for failure modes and effects analyses (FMEA), fault tree analyses (FTA), probabilistic risk assessments (PRA), and functional and technical safety concepts (FSC, TSC), etc.
  • Manage strategy for all functional safety requirements definition, validation, and verification
  • Establish a risk management strategy for all technical risks on Canoo vehicles
  • Establish and meet functional safety and risk management program goals
  • Establish, implement, and manage the work-tracking system for the functional safety team
  • Negotiate and manage budget for functional safety team
  • Negotiate and manage headcount strategy for functional safety team
  • Define yearly goals for functional safety team, and periodically reporting on convergence or divergence towards goals to Chief Technical Officer and Program Management teams
  • Interface with potential company partners regarding Canoo functional safety strategy, compliance, and safety cases
  • Deliver safety cases for all subsystems on all Canoo vehicles
  • Develop training and guidance documentation for all functional safety processes and products

Required Experience

  • 7+ years of working in system safety, functional safety, or other safety-critical engineering position
  • 2+ years of management experience
  • Demonstrated experience building and leading engineering teams on complex systems
  • Demonstrated experience establishing processes for assessment, analysis, test, verification, and validation of safety critical systems
  • Demonstrated experience managing and meeting budget needs for engineering teams
  • Direct engineering contributions to technical systems that have been delivered to market
  • Familiarity with concepts in ISO 26262

Preferred Experience

  • 10+ years of working in system safety, functional safety, or other safety-critical engineering positions
  • 5+ years working on ISO 26262 processes and compliance on automotive vehicles
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating roles and requirements with other teams
  • Demonstrated experience negotiating and managing contracts and contractors
  • Demonstrated experience managing analysis, simulation, and test processes
  • Experience with one or more programming languages, particularly Matlab/Simulink


  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluent with all Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project, etc)
  • Experience with safety analysis software such as Medini, Sapphire, or similar software suites
  • Understanding of ISO 26262 and related system safety concepts
  • Familiarity with parts reliability models and databases such as Military Handbook 217F, NASA parts reliability databases, etc.
  • Experience with Jira and Sharepoint preferred
  • Team-building and management skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-moving startup environment

What's Cool About Working Here...

  • Four months paid primary care giver leave
  • Flexible PTO
  • Participation in the Employee Equity Compensation Plan
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy
  • Work in a high-growth start up that will redefine urban mobility

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.