Technical Program Manager - Watch

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200279310
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Key Qualifications

  • 3+ years experience in engineering and manufacturing.
  • Experience in introducing products into manufacturing, or high volume production is a huge plus.
  • Excellent project management skills, experience working in a matrix organization. (Planning, Cost, & Delivery).
  • Direct experience leading any of the following functional engineering teams a plus (ME, EE, TE, DFX, Etc.).
  • Experience working with International OEM partners.
  • Travel internationally up to 35%.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a worldwide environment.
  • New Product Introduction and Manufacturing Operations experience desired.
  • Validated working experience with DFm & DFx.
  • Proven track record of cost reduction, project management and engineering design required.
  • Required to understand and tolerance stack ups for assemblies and part level.
  • Solid understanding of GD&T principles a plus.
  • Proven understanding of pneumatics, servomotors, PLC and PC-based control systems a plus.
  • JMP, Minitab & Six Sigma experience a plus.


Ensuring Design for Manufacturability. Work closely with engineering teams through the entire development cycle to ensure that not only is the design robust, but that it is manufacturable in high-volumes. This entails understanding new technologies, structural/mechanical design and an ability to influence through data/statistics based insights. Contract-Manufacturer (CM) Readiness: Work with the CapEx, Fixture (Automation / Manual) and Factory teams at every build to ensure that the fixtures needed for assembling the product and the test stations for testing them are in place and qualified; SOP for assembling products are ready and the operators are trained. Yield management: Lead the team to triage all yield hitters and drive Failure Analysis (FA) to understand if the issues are on account of Design/Process/Part-quality and drive the responsible teams to address the issue. Communication: Synthesize information on the program (product readiness for mass-production, factory readiness, relevant, trade-offs, impact on development achievements) into concise communication for Senior Management. Driving contract manufacturer preparation for pre-production builds. Production process development, documentation, optimization and validation. Development and implementation of new technologies to improve production quality, capacity and efficiency. Sets standard practices and independently settles impact to design approaches and parameters to the final product. Provides direction, mentorship and resources to other engineering groups and project leaders as well as factory technicians. Act as lead engineer on a variety of projects and participates in the project planning of major sub-projects. Provide early and ongoing manufacturing involvement to ensure manufacturability of new products. Product Engineering - Works all phases of a product from concept to repeat manufacturing to end of life. Provides production support engineering with respect to technically complex testing methods, procedures and failure analysis. Process Engineering - Designs and develops technically complex processes to improve quality and efficiency. Failure/Data Analysis - Plans, develops and implements technically complex procedures for the testing and evaluation of soon to be released products. Specifies test to be performed, compiles data and makes recommendations for product design changes and final assembly standards. This will include the use of Design of Experiments (DOE) and statistical analysis using Six Sigma principles. Provide regular VP level communication of technical health of program.

Education & Experience

MS or BS in related Engineering field, MBA a plus.

Additional Requirements

  • Experience either in a manufacturing environment (process design/development/optimization) or as a product designer.
  • Apple is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity! We also take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Apple will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.