Technical Program Manager - VCSEL

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


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200134881
Technical Program Manager – VCSEL You will take the lead in driving technical, operational and quality issues related to custom optical semiconductor devices from the earliest stages of new product introduction, engineering builds, ramp up and throughout product lifecycle. You will be the main interface between component vendors and the respective downstream module / system integrators. The group covers all optical compound semiconductor devices inside modules for all systems. The focus of the team is on operations, ensuring products are manufacturable with the highest quality.

Key Qualifications

  • Deep technical expertise with semiconductor background is mandatory. GaAs or general III-V experience is a plus.
  • In-depth understanding of wafer test (Electrical and Optical), yield, and wafer fabrication processes.
  • Familiarity with quality systems and process control
  • Experience with VCSELs and other optical photonics material is a plus.
  • 8+ years of relevant experience in Product Engineering, Process Engineering and/or Test Engineering


New Product Integration / Ramp - Set a vision for continuous improvement plans with respect to operations and product quality metric. Set aggressive targets and drive plans to achieve. - Be involved in early development to ensure products are manufacturable, and conduct Design for Manufacturability reviews. Build in constant manufacturing design improvement for product quality, factory efficiency and product cost. - Approve end to end spec funneling limits to insure high quality parts and no escapes at Module Integrators while maximizing yield at wafer level. - Ensure timely test correlation activities and close test gaps between device, module and system. - Approve vendor process, process flow, equipment, and testing platforms for new devices. - Review and approve manufacturing Control Plans (tests, methods, sample sizes, pass /fail criteria). Ensure cosmetic standards are aligned with Module integrators. - Audit and approve device manufacturers for mass production readiness.
 Sustaining / Quality - In mass production, lead resolution of device related quality issues in wafer fab, back-end processing, testing, transit and module integrator. - Monitor and report yield, manufacturing metrics (CpK, FMEA etc.). Drive improvement programs as appropriate. - Audits to ensure device vendors are conforming to Apple specs and requirements. - Drive FACA, Quality Alerts, 8Ds and PCNs by tracking, reporting and closing out issues in a timely manner. - Manage the quality relationship between Wafer Fab and Module Integrators. This involves regular face to face reviews, efficient vendor reporting systems and audits. - Regularly provide status reporting updates to executives and escalation when needed. Collaboration with cross-functional teams - Work with internal Design, Process, and Supplier Quality Engineers at module integrators. - Close coordination with device design team, module design team and NPI project managers. - Interface with reliability engineering and system quality engineers

Education & Experience

- BS/MS in Electrical Engineering or allied technical subject.

Additional Requirements

  • - Strong technical skills, involving problem solving and issue root causing in a fast-paced environment
  • - Interpersonal skills of leadership, project management, communication, influencing and negotiation.
  • - Teamwork: Constant collaboration with multiple functional teams across Apple and its suppliers
  • - Flexibility: Evening and weekend work will be required at times. The job also requires significant international travel up to 40%.