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The Accessories group is looking for an Engineering Project Manager (EPM) to lead the design and development of Apple-branded accessories for the Apple Watch - a critical business that sits alongside the enormous iPhone, iPad, and Watch businesses.
You are a Project/Program Manager with a minimum of 5+ years of related mechanical background in computer or consumer electronics.
You were a practicing engineer prior to becoming a project manager
Experience developing schedules, working with Industrial Design and Product Design to release designs to vendors on time
Experience managing vendors and driving materials to development builds
Experience fostering relationships with manufacturers, driving OEM partners and handling development builds
Experience collaborating with teams to drive closure of technical issues
Experience identifying and directing all resources required to execute successful projects
Experience demonstrating strong presentation skills
Apple Watch Accessories EPMs are responsible for building and communicating project definition, development milestones, project schedules, validation/FA/CA, and project status in the development of new products. An EPM should be able to prioritize issues and track the details as well as be in touch with the big-picture issues.
EPMs must be fearless organizers who are ready to work with the highly skilled Hardware, Software, Mechanical Design and Industrial Design teams to identify and resolve potential risks to the schedule and quality of the product. The EPM will interact with these engineering design disciplines plus Safety, Reliability, Marketing, Packaging, Manufacturing, Component Engineering, and other resources inside and outside Apple.
The EPM is also the key interface to the suppliers, driving build readiness at the factory and managing the build itself. Success is defined in terms of the quality and timeliness of the pre-production builds and the start of mass production.
EPMs also need to have a deep understanding of development and manufacturing processes - from part design to reliability testing, circuit board manufacturing, and production line bring-up.
We are looking for someone who is flexible and can respond quickly and enthusiastically to changes. Cross-functional communication skills and experience are critical.
Additional responsibilities include:
Create and maintain project schedules. Redirect pitfalls and develop a better course of action
Lead communication between project teams and external vendors
Enable the development effort by crafting and monitoring an efficient, streamlined process
Facilitate communication across engineering managers, operations manager, marketing managers and OEM partners to meet very tight cost, schedule, and quality goals
Provide timely issue resolution and critical path management
Offer multiple levels of status across a wide spectrum of individual contributors to executive management
Understand technical issues and drive them to closure by bringing together key partners for facilitating decision-making
Work with vendors to drive material to support engineering building
Work with OEMs and vendors to drive material preparation and development builds
Creating meetings and documenting action items and progress
Reporting and presenting to senior management on project status and schedules
International travel up to 20% to support manufacturing builds
BS ME/EE degree or equivalent
Chinese Language Skills are a plus
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