Technical Program Manager (TPM), Image Sensor - Japan

Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan


Weekly Hours: 37.5
Role Number:200475609
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Key Qualifications

  • 5+ Years’ experience in image sensor engineering fields (Process Eng, Process integration engineering, or Product engineering). 10+ years is ideal
  • Familiarity with wafer fab quality systems and in line process quality control. Ability to audit and approve vendor process, process flow and equipment for new devices
  • Experience with external vendor, supplier, or foundry management
  • Strong technical skills, involving problem solving and issue root causing in a pressured environment
  • In-depth understanding of wafer test, yield, wafer fab process integration, wafer packaging, back-end issues
  • Flexibility: Evening and weekends work will be needed
  • Solid understanding of semiconductor devices and associated module components is preferred, but a deep semiconductor processes background is required
  • Interpersonal skills of leadership, project management, communication, collaboration, influencing and negotiation
  • Flexibility for within Japan travel (30%) + International Travel (< 5%)
  • Working proficiency of the English language


- On site – Technical Operations owner for MP readiness of NPI, Ramp, and Sustaining areas of assigned image sensor products. - Approve vendor process flow, process quality control plan (tests, methods, sample sizes, pass /fail criteria), equipment list, and Cosmetic specs (Ensure cosmetic standards are aligned with Module integrators) for production readiness. - Conduct site quality and process audits for Mass production readiness. - Contribute to mass production release reviews and verify that all we are ready to ramp. - In mass production, lead resolution of device related quality issues in wafer fab, back-end processing, transit, and module integrator. - Set a vision for constant product quality and operational improvement year over year. Set daring targets and drive plans to achieve. - Be involved at product concept to ensure products are designed for manufacturing (DFM). Build in constant design improvement for product quality, factory efficiency and product cost. - Manage new process introduction and special projects, such as new testers. - Ensure device vendors are conforming to Apple specs and requirements. - Ensure timely test correlation activities and close test gaps between device, module, and system. - Supervise and report yield, manufacturing metrics (CpK, FMEA etc.). Drive improvement programs as appropriate. - Drive FACA for sensor related returns from integrators, field returns, and EFFA issues. Track, report and close out issues in a timely manner. - Ensure 8D reports and PCNs are maintained accurately - Raise and balance formal company-wide Quality Alerts - Organize three-way meetings with device vendors and module integrators to get feedback on downstream issues and to ensure smooth co-working. Assist and arbitrate as needed. - Manage the quality relationship with image sensor vendors. This involves regular face to face reviews, efficient vendor reporting systems and audits. - Ensure qualification and reliability activities at vendors are in line with requirements. - Regularly provide status reporting updates to executives and escalation when needed. - Teamwork: constant interfacing with multiple functional teams across Apple and its suppliers - Work with internal Supplier Quality Engineers at module integrators. - Close coordination with device design team, module design team and NPI project managers. - Interface with reliability engineering and system quality engineers

Education & Experience

BS/MS in Electrical Engineering or allied technical subject

Additional Requirements

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