Technical Program Manager, iPhone Product Operations
BS Bioengineering, 2013
Current job description:
I am responsible for managing technical operations throughout the product life cycle from initial product development to mass production. My team designs and implements manual, semi-automated and automated equipment related to final system assembly and integration for Apple’s iPhone.
What makes you good at your job?
Strong communication skills have been critical to achieving management success and long-term career goals. Given the complexity of the design and manufacturing issues we manage in our global network of manufacturing facilities, communicating high-level program impact in a concise and relevant manner to upper management is crucial.
Communication skills have been very important to my job function, which requires collaboration with a large number of cross-functional teams, many of them internationally-based. Being able to build and develop mutual levels of respect and understanding between teams so that they are incentivized to provide support when issues arise has been invaluable.
What skills did you learn during your time in the BioE program that make you a success in your career?
Berkeley’s Bioengineering program ingrained a strong engineering foundation and sense of discipline. With personal initiative and a solid work ethic, I’ve realized you can pursue a career in a wide variety of fields.
What is your ultimate career goal?
My ultimate career goal is to be in a position where I continue to challenge myself technically, so I can continue to grow and strengthen my knowledge base of different manufacturing and assembly processes. I am also very passionate about encouraging young women to enter STEM fields, so I hope to one day use my career as a platform to support that.
What keeps you enthusiastic about your job?
I enjoy working in a team environment, and the sense of ownership that comes with providing accurate information and results to my peers and management. This drives me to thoroughly understand issues and provide solutions that are comprehensive and effective. I love Apple, grew up with their products, and am thrilled that I get to contribute to Steve Jobs’ vision when I go to work each day.