Core Firmware Experience Manager

Austin, Texas, United States
Software and Services


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200197445
Do you see the big picture and love setting ambitious goals? Do you have a passion for understanding how each line of code affects all the others? In the Core Operating Systems group we ensure that the OS is inseparable from each device’s identity as a whole. That’s because this group is committed to building fully integrated operating systems that combine hardware, software, and apps into a single Apple experience. Your dedication to cross-disciplinary collaboration will help develop groundbreaking technologies for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. By crafting these distinct, holistic user experiences, you’ll continue to uphold and advance the excellence people expect from Apple devices. The Core Firmware team in Core OS is looking for an engineering manager to build and lead an Austin-based team of firmware and systems software engineers responsible for evolving the user experience of Apple’s OS-loader firmware for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. We are responsible for the firmware frameworks, device firmware, and OS loaders that load Apple’s operating systems, including the development and extension of iBoot and Apple’s UEFI stack. As part of this larger team, you will lead the development and refinement of user-facing firmware features such as signs of life, boot and wake performance, firmware security, and recoveryOS failover.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience leading a team of firmware or systems software engineers
  • Experience with firmware, device-driver, and kernel-level development
  • Experience with boot loaders and firmware/kernel interfaces
  • Excellent understanding of hardware design as it relates to operating systems
  • Proven track record of delivering software aligned with project and program schedules
  • History of setting aggressive yet attainable goals and motivating teams to achieve them


The Core Firmware Experience Manager is responsible for the leadership and management of an engineering team that is responsible for extending and improving the performance, security, cross-device and cross-product-line consistency, and general user experience of Apple’s OS-loader firmware. Responsibilities include: — Growing and strengthening an Austin-based team by hiring and retaining top-tier engineering talent — Developing an ambitious, innovative firmware and software roadmap supporting Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod product development — Executing against the team roadmap with high quality work on tight schedules — Partnering with the Product Security, Human Interface, and Quality teams to ensure that Apple’s products continue to lead the market in security, usability, and robustness — Identifying and vocalizing risk areas during product and technology development — Promoting a team culture that encourages innovation and sets high standards for quality and productivity

Education & Experience

BS in CS, CE, EE or equivalent industry experience required

Additional Requirements