Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expanding operations in China. The California-based smartphone maker recently added over two hundred job openings for China's market on LinkedIn. Notable positions include store specialist, security specialist, and environmental affairs program manager.
Apple's new jobs for quality check
The latter position will be based in Beijing. The job description requires that the candidate must, "ensure that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s products and processes meet and surpass regional and national environmental regulatory requirements."
The fact Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking for an environmental affairs program manager shows that they are serious about making their factories more eco-friendly. Earlier in August, one Chinese activist named Ma Jun accused the company's manufacturing plant Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd. (TPE:2354) (OTCMKTS:FXCOF) of enviromental violation. Foxconn claimed that their factory meets government standards. However, this wasn't the first time Foxconn got in trouble. In the last five years, the Cupertino-based company and their suppliers got in trouble over poor working conditions as well as the suicides that took place in the factories. Also, in early 2013, they under attack over warranty policies that purportedly discriminated against China's customer based. Even though there wasn't much to the allegations, the company's CEO still offered an apology.
Apple's new strategy to target China market
Hopefully, boosting job opportunities in China will increase the country's interest in iPhones and iPads. In July, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s chief executive officer Tim Cook talked about big opportunities in China during a conference call. He said, "I continue to believe that in the arc of time here, China is a huge opportunity for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)."
This could be a big opportunity for the tech giant as analysts report that emerging markets are crucial for opportunity. 9-to-5 Mac reports, "With the developed market close to saturation point, the BRIC markets – Brazil, Russia, India and China – are key to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s future expansion. Worldwide, smartphones represent only just over half of the total cellphone market, generating massive potential for future growth."