Systems Architect - Apple Watch

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200166188
The Apple Watch team is seeking to add to the experienced electrical engineering leadership on the Watch System Architecture team. Have you ever imagined yourself working on a consumer electronics product that literally has been attributed to saving lives? If you’re an expert in your field and can provide technical leadership in a fast-moving, extremely innovative team, perhaps this role is ideal for you! Your leadership will help architect the next generation of life-saving, health-improving Watches. Your creativity and an insatiable appetite for productizing new technologies will be rewarded by architecting positive life altering features. We work with a plethora of organizations including Product Design (PD), Watch OS, CoreOS, a myriad of module teams and the Watch Systems Engineering team. Few roles within Apple offer the same opportunities for creativity and working with a diverse set of technical experts and teams.

Key Qualifications

  • Consumer electronics experience a strong plus
  • Embedded programming experience a strong plus
  • Scripting expertise (perl, python, matlab, etc.)
  • Schematic capture (any package) with placement/routing experience required (at some point in career)
  • Must have hands-on experience in prototype bring-up and debugging, functional verification, and manufacturing support
  • Must have created and influenced system specification documents
  • Position may require some domestic and international travel but not significant
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project and time management experience; Ability to drive multiple projects concurrently
  • Be extremely fast learners across HW and SW engineering disciplines (be broad)
  • Be insatiably curious about how and why things work
  • Impeccable intuition


This position is all about power. You will drive battery life modeling, projections and optimizations as well as out peak power modeling and mitigations. Experience is expected in analyzing key systems engineering architectural and implementation trade-offs; design of high performance, low power, high quality products; power budgeting and analysis. The position requires strong communication, persuasion, and negotiation skills. - You will review & influence module/technology roadmaps while keep current with technology trends. - Work with x-functional engineering managers and architects on HW/SW enabling technologies - You will exercise engineering rigor and create internal and external system specifications - You will review & influence system performance decisions - You may define, simulate, and model product performance vs. power (performance per watt) - You will help specify, negotiate, and document system power management & user level behaviors enabling key features with small batteries - You may help define, develop, and utilize tools, scripts for system modeling and analysis - You will assess and track product system integration risks & implementation trade-offs with early fit studies - You may utilize schematic and layout tools such as Cadence Concept & Allegro for the purposes of prototype development - Predict & prepare for future product system integration & interconnect needs - Mentor junior engineer for best practices in systems development - You may take part in prototype design, bring-up and debugging - You may be involved with peak power modeling, methodologies, throttling and system mitigations development, validation, testing and characterization - You will be involved with battery life modeling, battery characterization and collaborate with teams responsible for battery longevity and swell mitigation - You will continuously drive power optimizations across the entire Watch architecture - You will help drive charging roadmaps

Education & Experience

BSEE and/or MSEE or equivalent

Additional Requirements

  • Position may require some domestic and international travel.