Motion/Location Sensing Engineering Program Manager

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Posted: Jan 31, 2019
Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 200006540
Why Apple? In this critical role, you will play a key part in defining the motion sensing roadmap and landscape for next generations of Apple consumer electronics, products such as iPad, iPhone, and Watch, providing Apple customers with the best user-experience in the industry. You will lead development of state-of-the-art sensing technologies such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, pressure sensors and magnetometers working with world leading suppliers and cross-functional system teams at Apple from inception to launch. As the engineering program manager you will oversee and coordinate specifying, developing, characterizing, integrating and validating motion sensing systems at module and system level as well as facilitating the top level feature integration and cross-functional communications. The Motion Sensing Hardware Team features a collaborative environment with creative, smart people which works closely with cross-functional teams across Apple on cutting edge technologies. This team defines and integrates (mainly MEMS based) magnetic, piezo and capacitive sensors across a variety of Apple products. Engineering excellence, technical curiosity and thoroughness are expected and encouraged as well as invention and patent creation. Pushing the envelope to design and ship innovative products with best-in-class technologies and user experiences is the main goal of this sensing technology team at Apple. Come, join us in moving the needle and crafting solutions the world doesn’t know of yet!

Key Qualifications

  • Product development/engineering experience and proven track record and ability in shipping semi-conductor, sensing and other related hardware
  • Technical background (e.g. hardware development) with knowledge of sensing technologies preferred
  • Fundamental knowledge and experience in physics, mechanical, electrical, and material science engineering
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to filter and distill relevant information for the right audience
  • Ability to navigate in ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Self motivated and proactive with demonstrated creative and critical thinking capabilities
  • Solid problem solving, failure analysis, and debugging skills
  • Solid teamwork: the candidate must be able to fit in well with a team, understand capabilities and priorities while fostering a collaborative environment
  • Great organizational and leadership skills, and ability to inspire and align team members
  • Familiarity with data collection, data analysis, and statistical analysis tools (Matlab, Python, JMP)
  • The willingness and ability to travel internationally are required


Core Responsibilities: Lead and align cross-functional teams including electrical, mechanical, process, reliability, software and firmware engineering to deliver state-of-the-art sensing solutions and integrate them into new platforms Act as a liaison between cross-functional teams, consistently communicate overall program status and ensure tight inter-team coordination Define the program plan/schedule and manage program execution Help deliver executive communication/presentations and drive the decision-making process Manage and support engineering development builds leading to mass production keeping track of engineering activities such as performance validation, yield optimization, and failure analysis Work with suppliers and system teams to proactively identify and resolve issues Manage multiple overseas suppliers and vendors in preparation for, and execution of, engineering development builds and new sensor development Support internal proof-of-concept hardware and software developments for new application investigations Identify and resolve conflicts, inter-dependencies and program issues quickly and efficiently Work with the cross-functional teams to identify and mitigate program risks Efficiently and effectively react to unexpected changes in the program due to outside influences and/or issues that arise Work with engineering management to define motion sensing roadmap Improve the system: look for patterns, offer best practices and implement change

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (MS and PhD preferred) with 5-10 years industry experience in a related discipline (e.g. EE, ME, etc.) required

Additional Requirements