Software Compatibility Engineer

Cupertino, CA
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Posted: Sep 5, 2019

Weekly Hours: 40

Role Number: 200074842

When you see an application with a cool feature, is your first instinct to hop into the debugger and figure out how a clever developer implemented the functionality? Are you passionate about the idea of exploring the mind of another engineer, stepping through the code to paint an overall picture of what is happening and why? When you find a puzzle, does your mind linger on it until you finally have that "ah ha" moment? If so, the Software Compatibility Engineer team will be an excellent match for you

Key Qualifications

  • Strong computer science fundamentals, specifically with operating systems
  • Strong programming language skills (pointers, memory management, algorithms) and language skills C, Objective C, or C++
  • Good practical experience in debugging and debugging tools
  • Excellent foundation in operating system architecture and system level programming
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are a requirement due to the high level of interaction with engineering teams, management, and other organizations within Apple
  • Thrives in a collaborative environment and comfortable working multi-functionally
  • Creative thinker and problem solver with meticulous attention to detail
  • Passionate, inquisitive, and seeks to take on everyday problems in innovative ways


Compatibility Engineers are responsible for application compatibility for macOS releases. We need to understand how applications are created and interact with the operating system. Our tasks include, but are not limited to - support for day to day tracking of escalations from 3rd party developers, bug management (screening, reproducing, isolating and routing) for internally and externally originated problem reports, app debugging, and reporting on new OS features that impact app compatibility. Additional tasks we face include the development of automation for third-party apps, managing partnerships with key external developers, the creation and maintenance of debugging tools and infrastructure utilized by the team and by internal engineers. We are responsible for ensuring the broader organization understands how Developers are utilizing our OS and the impact future development has on existing applications and users

Education & Experience

Minimum of Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent experience

Additional Requirements

  • Experience in macOS or iOS programming a strong plus
  • Experience with x86 assembly a plus
  • Experience with platform-specific debugging tools (lldb, dtrace, etc.) a plus
  • Experience in automation
  • Experience in performance analysis and reporting a plus
  • Familiarity with Perl, Ruby, Python or Unix shell scripting
  • Knowledge of web development including PHP, SQL, Javascript and HTML

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