Over twenty years ago, CarMax disrupted the automotive industry and to this day remains the undisputed market leader in a $500B+ industry. With best-in-class financial performance, customer satisfaction, and associate engagement, CarMax is well positioned for continued growth. With this growth, we strive to maintain our analytics-based competitive advantage through our algorithm driven pricing and inventory systems. To do so, we’re currently looking for experienced data engineers who are looking to apply their passion for data and technology to drive business-critical decisions.
The primary responsibility for the pricing and inventory systems team is to accurately value the unique characteristics of each individual car that we buy or sell, and also allocate those vehicles across our 150+ stores. Last year alone, CarMax sold more than 1 million vehicles, appraised over 2 million vehicles, and had $100m in weekly auto auction spend – all while dealing with constantly changing consumer demand, wholesale auction supply, and other market conditions that are often regionally differentiated.
In order to realize the full value of our models, our systems experts must accurately and instantaneously deliver thousands of recommendations to our field associates daily. This requires the combination of a deep understanding of the models, the technical skill to deploy new models as robust and stable systems, and the results focus and analytical ability to quickly diagnose and fix problems as they arise.
What will you do in this role?
Whether in a technical expert or supervisory role, a successful Manager candidate will:
1. Lead the collaboration with statistical modeling experts to rapidly deploy newly developed models
2. Own the maintenance/enhancing of model performance, data integrity, and system reliability by:
– Assessing and improving methodologies and processes used to develop and manage models
– Analyzing and/or supervising analysis on vast amounts of complex pricing-related data
– Partnering across the organization to create processes for identifying and fixing system issues
3. Drive CarMax’s development of data science expertise by:
– Researching innovations and best practices related to data science techniques and processing large data sets
– Encouraging, challenging, and influencing others within the Strategy group, IT, and other departments in the development of our data technology roadmap
4. Communicate how our systems work throughout the organization, both at a general level and a detailed level
What type of person are we looking for?
To be successful for this role, we are looking for someone that can consistently deliver at a high level on the responsibilities listed above. A few of the competencies that will position you for success are:
1. Strong technical skills and a desire to continue to grow those skills
– Proven track record for using analytics and production systems to make business decisions
– Ability to explore newer open source big data technologies like Hadoop, cloud, etc.
2. Ability to influence at all levels of organization
– Experience managing team-based projects and delivering timely results
– Record of building and maintaining strong working relationships
– Ability to explain standard or novel modeling methods
3. Desire to continue developing into an organizational leader
What are the qualifications for this role?
– Base: Undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline
– Preferred: Graduate degree in data science, computer science, or related field
2. Data Science Experience
– Base: 4 years of experience in data science and/or systems development
– Preferred: Experience using SQL and Python to analyze big data sets
– Preferred: Experience managing/leading a team or cross-functional projects
What are some of the benefits of working in this role?
1. Ability to make a large impact on a Fortune 500 company
• Play key role in driving company’s strategy
• Despite being undisputed market leader, CarMax only has a 4% market share of the late-model used car market, allowing room for exponential growth
2. Large focus on professional development
• Your development is as important as your work in our group
• Our leaders are heavily invested in helping managers hone their technical, communication, leadership, and other skills
3. Great work environment
• CarMax was voted a Fortune 100 best company to work for 12 years in a row
• Good work/life balance; we work hard, but enjoy very reasonable hours
• Work with a close knit team in a fun and casual environment. The broader Strategy Group at CarMax consists of 100+ analysts with stellar work and academic backgrounds contributing to our collaborative atmosphere
• In addition to comprehensive benefits, we have perks like flexible vacation and an on-campus fitness center