Textile Manufacturing (SME) Subject Matter Expert- Knitting Manufacturing

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States
Operations and Supply Chain


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 200029352
You will be responsible to lead a team of highly talented engineers in developing the Softgoods materials supply chain to enable Apple’s amazing innovations in Softgoods products and advanced textiles. In this highly visible role, you will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on Apple Products, and leave a footprint for years to come. Our textile manufacturing engineering team enables the mass creation of impossible products. The role encompasses Manufacturing Design and Quality Engineering responsibilities (MDE & MQE). We work in tandem with Apple's renowned designers to develop equipment, processes, measurement technologies, control strategies, information systems, and manufacturing methods that achieve ambitious specifications at massive production scale.

Key Qualifications

  • Proven experience managing and developing high performing engineering teams.
  • Proven experience supporting new product launches (Softgoods, textiles, technical apparel, mechanical)
  • Experience with Softgoods materials and their supply chain; yarns, textiles, technical fabrics, coated textiles.
  • Deep knowledge of latest technology in textile manufacturing process and equipment.
  • Direct experience with color development process, and color quality control.
  • Experience with color dyeing of yarns, and textiles. Understanding of the science and chemistry of dyes, pigments, challenges and tradeoffs between color and performance, etc.
  • Experience with manufacturing process development & quality system development.
  • Deep understanding of DOE, GD&T, SPC techniques.
  • Willingness to travel internationally to supplier sites > up to 30%
  • International experience is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with highly cosmetic parts a plus.


Process, Equipment, and Technology Development - Planning, proposing, and leading experiments to produce timely and accurate analyses used to drive design, development, and supply chain decisions. - Assessing the suitability of a fabrication technology for a given part design. Planning validation exercises to demonstrate initial feasibility as well as manufacturing capability. Analyzing results of validation exercises and provide technical recommendations. - Reviewing progress of development activities at supplier locations and serve as point of escalation for critical process related issues. - Evaluate new suppliers and lead data driven decision matrices for technology and supply chain decisions. New Product Introduction, Ramp Execution - Assess supplier readiness to support production ramp. Identify potential execution issues and drive actions to mitigate risk. - Manage yield improvement activities to meet ramp targets. - Drive process development and capability assessment activities, reviewing part design documentation to ensure alignment with process capability. - Establish validation procedures to determine acceptance of tooling into development builds as well as mass production. - Review supplier tool design, process flow, equipment selection, DFM, and DOE proposals. Identify shortfalls and corrective actions to ensure design compliance. Development and Implementation of Quality Systems - Apply solid understanding of quality control and manufacturing concepts to develop specific Product Quality Plan (PQP) appropriate to program and commodity. - Provide technical direction and guidance to other Quality Engineers supporting the implementation of the PQP. - Develop metrology solutions to ensure materials meet design intent. Assess measurability and creatively address concerns directly with stakeholders. Identify and direct studies to implement improvements in measuring method where appropriate, leveraging GR&R and Kappa test methodology. - Establish audit procedures appropriate to program and supplier to ensure adherence to Apple quality standards. - Implement FAI and Cp/Cpk reviews of mechanical parts. - Assists supplier selection process for new products and second sourcing activities supporting qualification/disqualification decisions. Color development - Optimize the development and validation process for high volume color palette activity. - Manage resources of suppliers and internal subject matter experts to overcome color challenges - Lead color reviews with industrial design

Education & Experience

Bachelors in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Textile Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Industrial Engineering. A Masters in any of these disciplines is a plus.

Additional Requirements

  • Equal Opportunity
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