Director, Foundry Operations Engineering

Date: Mar 27, 2024

Location: San Jose, CA, US

Company: Skyworks


If you are looking for a challenging and exciting career in the world of technology, then look no further. Skyworks is an innovator of high-performance analog semiconductors whose solutions are powering the wireless networking revolution. Through our broad technology expertise and one of the most extensive product portfolios in the industry, we are Connecting Everyone and Everything, All the Time.


At Skyworks, you will find a fast-paced environment with a strong focus on global collaboration, minimal layers of management, and the freedom to make meaningful contributions in a setting that encourages creative thinking. We value open communication, mutual trust, and respect. We are excited about the opportunity to work with you and glad you want to be part of a team of talented individuals who together are changing the way the world communicates.

Requisition ID: 71873 

Job Description

Director, Foundry Engineering

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.’s Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG) is looking for a passionate, skilled and hands-on Engineering leader to lead our Foundry (external fabs) Engineering group that will create and drive benchmark performance across Probe/ Final Test yield, Quality, Cost optimization, Change control, New Product Introductions (NPI), etc. 

The ideal candidate will be an expert in end-to-end fab processing, including deep understanding of fab modules, design/ process interactions and work x-functionally within Skyworks (Design, Product Engineering, Quality, Reliability, Supply Chain, Sourcing, etc) in pursuit of Foundry performance excellence.


Roles & Responsibilities

Foundry Engineering is a highly visible role within Skyworks and will have broad responsibilities, including:

  • Benchmarking and driving to industry leading Probe/ Final test yields.
  • Probe yield benchmarking based on fab/ process D0.
  • Driving foundries to meet benchmark standards and D0 improvements.
  • Partnering with Product Engineering to optimize test limits, SYL/ SBL flagging, including DPAT/ GPAT rules to optimize yield.
  • Partnering with Test and Product Engineering to improve Probe test escapes to Final test and drive RF performance variation improvement correlated to fab processing.
  • Partnering with Design, Foundry Technology to feedback design/ process marginalities (DFM).
  • Containing Quality issues within the fab walls and/ or feed forwarding Quality concerns for controlled downstream monitoring.
  • Ensuring module level FDC is implemented on high RPN’s / critical FMEA parameters to catch process variations as an input versus output/ downstream.
  • Good process control through optimizing critical in-line, PCM Cpk.
  • Right PCM parameters, including sample size, location, etc being monitored within the Foundry network. WECO rules being applied to appropriately flag outliers.
  • Drive to lowest possible MTTD to ensure containment closest to the point of origin. 
  • Quality excursions:
  • Partnering with Foundry Quality and x-functional team to lead root cause identification, material disposition, corrective action identification. 
  • Successful corrective action fix will ensure no repeats of similar types of issues and strive to catch excursion at/ closest to the point of origin. 
  • NPI execution:
  • Partnering with Foundry Technology to ensure we have the right DRC checks including clear understanding of process waivers for NPI’s.
  • Driving Probe/ Final test yields to benchmark performance.
  • Change control management:
  • Partnering with Foundry Quality to assess, qualify, roll over process changes. 
  • Relentless pursuit of optimal cost- examples:
  • Expert Foundry process leader.
  • Depth and breath across process modules.
  • Auding fabs towards benchmark performance- right in-line controls, metrology, SPC/ WECO rules, etc..
  • Driving Continuous improvement towards better Quality, Cost, Cycle time, etc..


  • End-to-end fab processing experience, including deep understanding of critical module parameters and design/ process interaction.
  • Hands on experience on taking a newly introduced technology/ product to benchmark yield performance.
  • Zero defect/ escape mindset- how do we contain Quality events at the source of occurrence.
  • Customer obsessed- partner with Supply Chain, Foundry Quality and x-functional team to ensure a Quality event doesn’t impact customer needs.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong background in digitization/ automation to free up time from repetitive work.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills.


Education Requirements
•    Master’s degree in Electrical, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or related field with 10+ years of experience in Semiconductors (Fab Integration Engineering, Technology Development)


The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is currently USD $163,800$324,900 per year. Starting base pay will depend on relevant experience and skills, training and education, business needs, market demands, the ultimate job duties and requirements, and work location. Skyworks has different base pay ranges for different work locations in the U.S. Benefits include access to healthcare benefits (including a premium-free medical plan option), a 401(k) plan and company match, an employee stock purchase plan, paid time off (including vacation, sick/wellness, parental leave), among others. Employees are eligible to participate in an incentive plan, and certain roles are also eligible for additional awards, including recognition and stock. These incentives and awards are based on individual and/or company performance. 


Skyworks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Skyworks strives to create an accessible workplace; if you need an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at

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Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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