Materials Engineer

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200278036
Why Apple? At Apple we believe our products begin with our people. By hiring a diverse team we drive creative thought. By giving that team everything they need we drive innovation. By hiring incredible engineers we drive precision. And through our collaborative process we create memorable experiences for our customers. These elements come together to make Apple an amazing environment for motivated people to do the greatest work of their lives. Why Softgoods? The Apple Softgoods Engineering team works with textiles, non-wovens, leather, polyurethanes, silicone and other soft polymers. Our mission is to use these incredible materials to enable new product categories, and to enhance Apple’s existing product lines. Bringing Apple engineering and precision to products made of soft materials is an exciting challenge and requires a creative and open minded approach. We have a talented team of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We all work together in a customized lab where we design, engineer and develop the best Softgoods products in the world. If this sounds exciting, we hope you will consider a place in our team! What is the role? We are seeking a motivated engineer to drive material development in the areas of woven and knit textiles. The position requires you to drive strategic next generation materials, engage in hands-on project-based work, and establish key material supplier relationships. We encourage anyone who is passionate about sustainability and the environment, building relationships, developing top technical talent, and approaching problem solving with curiosity and imagination to apply. We value people with a desire to learn new skills and have an approach to challenging questions as opportunities for insight. To that end, we are committed to professional development across all aspects of materials and communication, with mentorship and training opportunities both within and outside Apple.

Key Qualifications

  • - New technology/material scoping, including evaluation of supplier capabilities In-depth understanding of material structure and property/performance relationship
  • - Strong background in characterizing and specifying materials and performance by building mathematical models and design of experiments
  • - Experience developing materials for mass production
  • - Proven track record in peer collaboration and teamwork
  • - Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • - Strong attention to detail and resolution to solve complex problems


Creation of material specifications based on critical to quality attributes for product design - Establish and manage relationships with manufacturers/suppliers to identify emerging technologies. Collaborate with them on the development of new textile technologies to meet Apple’s product roadmap needs - Develop novel materials solutions in collaboration with key industry partners to impact Apple's sustainability goals - Collaborate with product design and manufacturing teams on material selection, design feasibility and manufacturing process development that meets performance, aesthetics and other product requirements

Education & Experience

Master’s degree or PhD in Chemical, Materials, Mechanical, Textile, Engineering or related fields. 3+ years proven experience in yarn and textile constructions preferred

Additional Requirements