University Industry Partnerships Lead, Corporate Development

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States
Corporate Functions


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200232473
Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, we believe great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Are you passionate about bringing new products to life? Are you interested in working at the forefront of innovation? We hope you will consider joining our Apple team. We are looking for a leader to oversee and manage Apple’s relationships with Universities including sponsored research, consortia, and other funding programs. As a member of the Corporate Development team, you would liaise between Apple’s engineering/product organizations and Universities to collaborate on research and development for next-generation technologies. In this role you would be responsible for strategy, deal structuring, negotiations, cross-functional coordination, creative problem solving, and leading engagements with Apple’s partners. An ideal candidate has direct experience working with Universities and would be the key Apple University Industry Partnerships Lead.

Key Qualifications

  • Deep understanding of industry partnerships and sponsored research programs
  • Experience structuring and negotiating complex commercial or research agreements
  • Knowledge of licensing and intellectual property terms
  • Ability to creatively solve for complex situations to achieve business objectives while mitigating risk
  • Ability to manage ambiguity by applying structure and principles and systematically using/presenting data
  • Ability to drive projects forward with cross-functional teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • 5+ years of relevant experience working with Universities, at a University’s industry partnerships office or within industry
  • Legal background a plus


The University Industry Partnerships Lead would: Cultivate relationships with Apple’s external partners including Universities and academic leaders Develop and implement company-wide strategy and best practices for Apple’s University Industry Partnerships, in coordination with Apple engineering/product and legal teams Structure, negotiate and execute agreements with Universities, in partnership with Apple engineering/product and legal teams Collaborate across Apple organizations including engineering, legal and procurement to ensure technical and business objectives are met Develop consistent approach and document processes to standardize and expedite completion of research programs Clearly and concisely present key findings and proposals to senior leaders

Education & Experience

BA/BS preferred.

Additional Requirements