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 Trusted Kernel Manager - 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 - Platforms
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: 200254252 / Latpro-3797782 
Date posted: Jun-08-2021
State, Zip: California, 95014


Trusted Kernel Manager

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino) , California , United States

Software and Services


Posted: Jun 8, 2021

Weekly Hours: 40

Role Number: 200254252

Help Apple secure the world's most advanced consumer devices, trusted by billions of users to store their personal and professional data. The Core OS software group is looking for a software engineering manager to lead Secure Enclave development for Apple's operating systems. The Trusted Kernel team works with software and silicon design partners to develop a secure, stable, and high performance platform for applications that protect our users' most valuable data. We're regularly called on to create robust hardware/software designs that protect our users under the most challenging threat models. Working with a small number of client teams, we focus our efforts on applications where we can provide meaningful security protections for our customers. We constantly iterate on our entire hardware and software stack to set new standards for quality and security.

Key Qualifications

  • Genuine passion for and deep understanding of software security
  • Experience leading a low-level systems software team
  • Experience with firmware, device driver, or kernel development
  • Solid understanding of operating system fundamentals
  • Knowledge of embedded hardware and CPU architecture
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proven track record of successful and timely product delivery
  • Evidence of driving technical innovation


The Trusted Kernel team is responsible for the development and evolution of sepOS, the microkernel-based operating system for Apple's Secure Enclave. The Secure Enclave supports key Apple security technologies including Data Protection, Face ID, Touch ID, Apple Pay, and Mac Boot Policy. As the Trusted Kernel Manager, you will: Lead and manage a team of innovative secure OS engineers developing mission-critical low-level software Develop and execute on a roadmap to continually improve the security of the sepOS software stack, including the microkernel, userspace runtime, drivers, APIs, and testing tools Work with cross-functional teams to design, plan, and deliver high quality software features for our operating system Partner with Platform Architecture and Silicon Engineering to define future Secure Enclave hardware architecture Nurture a team quality culture focused on robust designs, automated testing, and effective debug tooling Strengthen the team by hiring and developing top engineering talent

Education & Experience

Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field

Additional Requirements

  • You will have experience with some of the additional skills below. Nobody is expected to have experience with all of these, but we are looking for someone with a strong desire to learn what you don't know.
  • Microkernel and capability-based OS design
  • Modern programming languages such as Swift or other similar languages
  • Software vulnerabilities, exploitation, and mitigation
  • Compiler-assisted security tooling including sanitizers, fuzzers, and static analysis
  • Cryptographic applications including secure boot, attestation, and storage encryption
  • Formal verification of operating system software


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