Smarter Chemistry Restricted Substances Manager

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. Does this mission resonate with your belief? Please read below and let us know your interest. As our Environmental Technologies’ Restricted Substances Manager, your vision will help drive smarter chemistry through product design and engineering, by enabling our team to collaborate with internal business groups (engineering, operations, EHS, etc.). You will lead and support a team of experts in compliance and Full Material Disclosure (FMD) with focus on restricted substance and regulatory compliance while utilizing our IT systems. You will be engaging with internal and supplier teams to ensure we meet our goals. 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

  • 10+ years of relevant experience.
  • Strong leadership, 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


We need your help to drive the “one Apple” approach establishing relationships across the key parts of Apple for successful collaboration as you drive for operational excellence. This is a great opportunity for you to further Apple’s leadership and vision to make huge impact in smarter chemistry by collaborating cross-functionally and within Environmental Technologies, with a strong focus and deep-dive knowledge on restricted substances. We all will rely on your guidance, support on few tasks listed below: - Create environmental specifications, conduct supporting analysis to restrict substances with potential human health or environmental impacts, and implement restrictions and phase out initiatives. - Partner internally and with suppliers to evolve Apple’s restricted substances policies, 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. - 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) - Enable your team to rapidly synthesize and effectively communicate findings to senior leaders, actively identify potential environmental issues that can affect product design and contribute to solutions - Work with your team to ensure a nuanced understanding of global regulatory trends and best available science to identify chemicals of concern in various materials and electronics products in order to drive voluntary restriction programs. - 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 - Train and engage suppliers to provide compliance and material information - 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