Operations Safety Management Lead

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


Role Number:200179498
The Operations Safety Management Lead is responsible for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS) for the organization, working closely with leadership and key stakeholders. This role will define objectives, system requirements, identify gaps, plan, execute and continuously improve the safety management system covering our prototypes and testing methodology. A successful Operations Safety Management Lead is a natural leader and facilitator and is the embodiment of integrity; is driven, organized and detail oriented; excels in program/ project management; communicates with ease at all levels; thrives in an ambiguous, ever fluid environment; is adept at taking action and resolving conflict; manages through relationships and influence; and is at ease in high stress environments.

Key Qualifications

  • Proven experience in Safety Management Systems (aviation, automotive or maritime environment is a plus)
  • Strong history (10+ years) of operational safety in dynamic environments Excellent management and communication skills
  • Comfortable in a dynamic development environment
  • Excitement and passion to create amazing products
  • Outstanding team leadership and driven to innovate Background working with complex systems
  • Expert in securing sensitive hardware


You will build and lead the Safety Management team and ensure the safe testing of our prototypes, and that day to day operations comply with Apple Operational and safety guidelines. When necessary, work with the appropriate teams to create new guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures. As the owner of operational safety, monitor all significant safety issues and trends on an ongoing basis and: • Build and oversee a team of direct reports, and provide safety leadership counsel and technical support to the R&D Operations organization on personal, technical and process safety, to ensure the safe testing of our prototypes • Champion and promote a strong safety culture • Manage the safety tools & programs requirements development, evaluation and implementation within R&D Operations • Identify and influence the organization to adopt leading concepts in safety, including human performance factors evaluation and how systems interact to lead outcomes • Implement and lead incident response plans and train personnel to implement those plans • Lead operational risk management (ORM), operational safety and environmental risk reviews • Drive innovation and systems that support SMS and prototype test monitoring • Track observed safety-relevant performance, both of the prototypes and the testers, and close the loop with the respective teams. • Work to build the management solutions and tools for the prototypes to allow for continuous remote monitoring. • Oversee the monitoring and analysis of key personal, technical and process safety leading and lagging performance indicators. • Provide periodic performance and strategy updates to senior leadership. • Look to solve problems rather than report on them.

Education & Experience

BS or BA, in a STEM field

Additional Requirements