Secure Kernel Manager

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Software and Services


Weekly Hours: 35
Role Number:200352416
Help Apple secure the world’s most advanced consumer devices, trusted by over a billion users to protect their personal and professional data! The Core OS group is looking for a software engineering manager to lead secure platform development for Apple’s operating systems. The Secure Kernel team works with software and silicon design partners to develop a secure, stable, and high performance platform for applications that protect our users’ most valuable data. We’re regularly called on to create robust hardware/software designs that protect our users under the most challenging threat models. Working with a small number of client teams, we focus our efforts on applications where we can provide meaningful security protections for our customers. We constantly iterate on our entire hardware and software stack to set new standards for quality and security.

Key Qualifications

  • Understanding of micro-kernel or capability-based OS design
  • Genuine passion for software security
  • Experience leading a low-level systems software team
  • Experience with firmware, device driver, or kernel development
  • Knowledge of embedded hardware and CPU architecture
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proven track record of successful and timely product delivery
  • Evidence of driving technical innovation


The Secure Kernel team is responsible for the development of secure microkernel-based platforms for Apple’s operating systems. As the Secure Kernel Manager, you will: - Lead and manage a team of innovative secure OS engineers developing mission-critical low-level software - Execute an aggressive roadmap to deploy microkernel-based platforms on Apple’s devices, driving development of the microkernel, userspace runtime, and associated tooling - Work with cross-functional teams to design, plan, and deliver high quality software features for our operating system - Partner with Platform Architecture and Silicon Engineering to influence future secure hardware architectures - Nurture a team quality culture focused on robust designs, automated testing, and data-driven iterative improvement - Strengthen the team by hiring and developing top engineering talent

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field

Additional Requirements

  • While nobody is expected to have experience with all of these, we’re looking for candidates eager to learn and innovate in these areas:
  • - Modern programming languages such as Swift or other similar languages
  • - Software vulnerabilities, exploitation, and mitigation
  • - Compiler-assisted security tooling including sanitizers, fuzzers, and static analysis
  • - Formal verification of operating system software