Strategic Design Engineering Manager

Los Angeles, California, United States


Role Number:200550255
Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish. The people here at Apple don’t just build products — they craft the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries. It’s the diversity of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Join Apple, and help us leave the world better than we found it! The Strategic Design Engineering (SDE) team will partner with cross-functional product teams across Apple Home, Beats and Ecosystem to develop and introduce new products that are both innovative and cost advantaged. Our objective is to support premium & high quality products, but to also drive Design to Cost and Design to Value to support cost sensitive products


20+ Years of experience in engineering, consumer product development, and manufacturing operations, with 5-10 years as a manager Strong technical background, with an ability to quickly understand various aspects of product design, and manufacturing processes necessary to materialize the design Hands-on experience in some of the following: mechanical engineering, mechanical development, packaging development, cable development, manufacturing practices/techniques involving CNC Machined parts, sheet metal, enclosures, casings, jigs, tooling, fixtures, injection molding, plastic parts, cable extrusions, cable assemblies etc. Ability to challenge the engineering teams on requirements, specifications and suggest alternate designs and processes that meet design requirements and MP goals Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, capable of working in multinational environments Excellent soft skills; flexibility to adapt to dynamic and rapidly changing environments Experience working across functions (Industrial design, Product design, Manufacturing design, Factory Operations, Module Engineering), and with suppliers Top-notch analytical skills, with ability to toggle between detail-orientated and strategic, large-picture thinking Ability to travel ~20% internationally

Minimum Qualifications

Key Qualifications

  • Lead & grow a talented world wide team focused on surfacing and elevating opportunities related to design for cost opportunities across design, technology, and operations, while developing, supporting manufacturing, and successfully launching products.
  • Develop and grow the Joint Development Manufacturing (JDM) model within Apple to successfully develop and launch products with extremely aggressive cost targets and schedules.
  • Strong focus on training, functional expertise development, coaching other managers, and supporting the vision to scale and strategically structure a growing organization.
  • Strong ability to influence without authority, other x-functional peers and leaders within the organization and across broader Apple.
  • Build credibility as world-class technical leader with technical and operations acumen , while fostering a working relationship/trust with senior executives, cross-functional engineering, ID, and manufacturing peers.

Preferred Qualifications

Education & Experience


Additional Requirements

Pay & Benefits

  • Apple is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Learn more about your EEO rights as an applicant.