Mechanicals GSM, Beats

Los Angeles, California, United States


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200552261
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 create products — they create 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 MD GSM, Mechanicals will be part of Apple’s Beats Org and will work closely with cross-functional teams to help launch innovative yet cost-efficient products on compressed timelines. Mechanical components define the look, feel and expression of Beats’ unique brand within Apple; they are also integral to product performance and reliability. This role will be directly responsible for working with engineering to guide design for manufacturability and cost, defining sustainable sourcing strategy by factoring in cross-functional inputs, and developing robust working relationships with internal (cross-functional) and external (supplier) partners towards helping execute for cost, quality, capacity, and supply.


Successful MD GSMs thrive in a rapidly changing environment and constantly drive excellence across their own responsibilities as well as that of team members and partners. They frequently use strategic internal relationships to effectively collaborate with engineering, operations and other Apple teams. They are able to make smart decisions with the information available, think and stay focused under pressure, and communicate concisely and effectively with senior management as well as peers - Engage with engineering teams during early product development phases to drive overall architecture towards the right cost by providing quick feedback on baseline architecture, challenging teams on underlying assumptions, and helping identify and evaluate alternatives - Investigate and propose alternative manufacturing processes, materials, designs, and suppliers that optimize cost for our x-functional engineering partners - Own overall mechanicals cost BOM, and influence cross-functional teams to validate and implement creative alternatives needed to meet cost target - Identify the right supplier partners to work with to secure product quality, supply, and long-term cost-competitiveness, all on a compressed timeline - Develop supplier relationships to “train” vendor mind-sets to align with strategic organizational needs and initiatives - Identify and drive “special projects” related to costs, and develop into scalable cost solutions that can be applied across various Apple products over time - Liaise between operational teams and operations-focused GSM teammates as needed, to support quality, capacity, and supply

Minimum Qualifications

  • Intimate knowledge / understanding of a typical stage/gate product development process
  • Strong technical background, with an ability to quickly understand various aspects of product design, and manufacturing processes necessary to materialize the design
  • Deep experience developing and managing a costed BOM from early product architecture through product launch
  • Expertise with “should cost” modeling
  • Experience with defining and developing supplier strategy, and managing suppliers
  • Negotiating experience
  • Strong PM-ing skills… ability to manage wide and diverse activities with disparate stakeholders, by focusing on key results and effectively driving next steps
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, capable of working in multi-cultural environments
  • Excellent soft skills; flexibility to adapt to dynamic and rapidly changing environments
  • Top-notch analytical skills, with ability to toggle between detail-orientated and strategic, large-picture thinking
  • Ability to travel ~20% internationally

Key Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Factory experience, particularly related to forming and finishing processes related to plastics, composites and metal
  • Ability to identify, manage, and drive Opportunities and Risks
  • Experience working across functions (Industrial design, Product design, Manufacturing design, Operations), and with suppliers… ability to influence across multi-functional teams

Education & Experience

BSME or BSIE, or equivalent. MBA a plus.

Additional Requirements

Pay & Benefits

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