Apple Operations Product Development Manager in Santa Clara Valley, California

Operations Product Development Manager

Job Number: 86428070

Santa Clara Valley, California, United States

Posted: Jul. 17, 2017

Weekly Hours: 40.00

Job Summary

Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish.

Key Qualifications

  • Early Engagement:

    • Understand key desktop technologies (LCD, Wireless Si, Flex circuits, Mechanical enclosures, etc) from a cost, supply chain, and technical perspective
    • Identify cost tradeoffs that stretch the design envelope
    • Challenge generally accepted supply chain, design, feature rules
    • Present tradeoff recommendations to cross functional and executive teams
    • Serve as a “one stop shop” to advise the development teams on operational, cost, and supply chain issues
    • As the "operations advocate," influence the product roadmap from the business perspective
    • Drive the Procurement and Operations teams to prepare for the coming product roadmaps; identify and escalate gapsDescription

Cost Management:

  • Manage product cost based on a corporate margin target

  • Assist Procurement managers (GSMs) in deriving accurate and aggressive should-costs

  • Set individual cost targets for each component/module as needed

  • Drive GSMs to meet these targets and/or should-costs

  • Identify cost opportunities within the design envelope; drive to cross-functional implementation

  • Optimize capital equipment budgets

Supply Chain:

  • Develop the Supplier Plan of Record (SPOR) for each new product

  • Facilitate discussions between Engineering, Operations, Procurement, and Quality team members for each key component

  • Focus on strategic supplier selection from a procurement standpoint

  • Metrics on unexpected supply disruptions, unplanned post-ramp qualifications

  • Present SPOR for approval by executive team


Requires BA/BS degree plus 6-8 years or MA/MS/MBA degree.

Additional Requirements

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and relationship building skills, ability to effectively influence peers and management

  • Self-starter, able to seek out new problems then develop and implement solutions; a strong sense of ownership

  • Understanding of consumer electronics components, supply chains, manufacturing cost structures

  • Basic DFMA knowledge

  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities

  • Creative and analytical problem solver

  • Ability to quickly switch between minute details and the big picture

  • Expert communication and presentation skills; written and verbal