Smarter Chemistry Restricted Substances Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200123654
Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, our ambition is to make products without taking from the Earth. Getting there requires focus and innovation in three key areas: climate change, resources and smarter chemistry. We believe that our products should be safe for anyone who assembles, uses, or recycles them. As our Restricted Substances subject matter expert in our Environmental Technologies team, you will drive Smarter Chemistry through product design and engineering as we partner with internal business groups (engineering, operations, EHS, etc.). You will excel in a fast-paced environment and thrive on a passion for the convergence of innovative product design, smarter chemistry and human and environmental health.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelors / Masters / PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, toxicology, materials science, or related field
  • 7+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong communications and influencing skills
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Manages timelines and drives deliverables in a fast-paced and schedule-driven environment, with ability to distill large datasets into conclusions under time constraints
  • Knowledge and experience in the human and environmental health impacts of chemicals and green chemistry
  • Demonstrated track record monitoring and ensuring compliance to restricted substances regulations and standards in the electronics sector, with textile and leather knowledge a plus
  • Extensive experience engaging cross-functional teams and suppliers to ensure compliance through training, workflow processes and IT systems
  • Knowledge in analytical testing (spectroscopic, chromatographic, and wet chemistry) and toxicology methods


- We look up to you to monitor and update internal teams on global regulations for restricted substances. - Develop a nuanced understanding of regulatory trends and best available science to identify chemicals of concern in various materials and electronics products in order to drive voluntary restriction programs. - Collaborate across the Apple organization to ensure business and environmental objectives are met. Rapidly synthesize and effectively communicate findings to senior leaders, actively identify potential environmental issues that can affect product design and contribute to solutions. - Partner internally and with suppliers to track the use of materials, identify substances that should be removed due to their hazardous properties, investigate safer alternatives, and drive execution of phase out programs. Ensure supplier compliance assurance systems are in place. Train and engage suppliers to provide compliance and material information - Create environmental specifications, conduct supporting analysis to restrict substances with potential human health or environmental impacts, and implement restrictions and phase out initiatives. DELIVERABLES: - Evolve Apple’s restricted substances policies, including the Apple Regulated Substances Specification, engaging internal teams and suppliers to drive implementation - Contribute to the evolution and design of Apple compliance assurance systems that enable selection of better materials and compliance, including supplier Full Material Disclosure (FMD) - Advise on analytical test methods, review test reports for specification violations, work with internal teams to assess the impact, and drive the phase out process - Work with cross-functional teams, suppliers, and toxicologists in support of alternatives assessments - Support product sustainability standards to promote smarter chemistry

Education & Experience

Bachelors, Masters or PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Toxicology, Materials Science or a related field

Additional Requirements