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 Surface Finishing Manager (SME) - Subject Matter Expert - Cupertino, California, United States

Job information
Posted by: Apple 
Hiring entity type: Retail 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Computers - Software Engineer
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 200201948 / Latpro-3759609 
Date posted: Oct-27-2020
State, Zip: California, 95014


Surface Finishing Manager (SME) - Subject Matter Expert

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino) , California , United States



Posted: Oct 26, 2020

Role Number: 200201948

Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish. The people here at Apple don't just create products - they create the kind of wonder that's revolutionized entire industries. It's the diversity of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Join Apple, and help us leave the world better than we found it. As part of Manufacturing Design's Color, Material & Finish (CMF) team, create new highly cosmetic surface finishes. Work with Apple's Industrial Design and Product Design teams to develop surface finishes with new colors and textures. Match, pilot and scale new cosmetic finishes for production.

Key Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in development of finishing processes for mechanical components, preferably in a hands-on role developing new anodized cosmetic finishes on aluminum mechanical components
  • Ability to plan, execute, and present results from investigations using statistical analysis and clearly communicated results and recommendations
  • Ability to drive root cause/corrective action activities
  • Must have minimum average, preferably superior color discrimination ability
  • Solid understanding of mechanical properties of materials as they relate to manufacturing requirements and process drivers
  • Experience working with an international supply chain
  • Ability to reconcile DFM feedback with design goals


  • Utilize combined mechanical surface preparation (blasting, polishing, texturing) and decorative surface finishing techniques (anodizing, electroplating, PVD) to meet challenging new targets
  • Research new methods for creating new surface finishes and implementing tighter control of existing finishes
  • Evaluate manufacturing processes at early stages of product development to define critical process requirements and controls for tightest output
  • Plan and execute studies to confirm process capability to achieve high yields on high volume enclosures
  • Present analysis to key decision makers that will be used to make commercial, cosmetic and design commitments. Evaluate supplier capabilities and address shortcomings relative to company needs
  • Provide on-site support in conjunction with overseas counterparts for implementation of manufacturing processes at supplier locations
  • Build relationships with these counterparts and suppliers, and foster development of their capabilities and expertise. Maintain working knowledge of key process drivers and subject matter expertise in the technologies to serve as technical resource on project teams. Investigate and validate new surface finishing processes, techniques, and equipment where appropriate
  • Periodic domestic and overseas travel expected (Up to 30%)

    Education & Experience

    BS/MS in engineering (mechanical, chemical, industrial, materials science, or equivalent

  • Requirements

    See job description


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