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CARMAX Buyer in Urbandale, Iowa

6004 - Des Moines - 10315 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, Iowa, 50322

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CarMax disrupted the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity experience customers want and deserve. This innovative thinking around the way cars are bought and sold has helped us become the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, with over 200 locations nationwide.

Our amazing team of more than 25,000 associates work together to deliver iconic customer experiences. Along the way, we help every associate grow their career and achieve their best, at work and in their community. We are recognized for our commitment to training and diversity and are one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®.

CarMax is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Upon an applicant's request, CarMax will consider reasonable accommodation to complete the CarMax Job Application .

If you have technical problems when submitting your application, please contact us by phone (888) 922-7629 ext. 3888 or email .

Genera l Summa r y :

The Buyer-in-Training (BIT) position is the required entry-level position into CarMax’s Merchandising department. Under general supervision, BITs are responsible for acquiring and managing CarMax’s extensive used car inventory through the successful completion of Customer appraisal assessments and appraisal offers, coordinating on-site Wholesale Auctions, and attending various regional auctions as assigned. BITs will spend approximately 6 months completing a comprehensive training program under the supervision of a Manager that educates vehicle basics, market analytics, and offsite auction vital behaviors.

Principl e Dutie s an d Responsibilities:

  • Ability to independently evaluate and negotiate current market prices, understand and assess vehicle damage and subsequent costs involved with the damage, and make financially sound purchasing decisions for the company through customer appraisal assessments and appraisal offers, offsite auctions, or online venues.

  • Conduct vehicle appraisals, coordinate on-site Wholesale Auctions, and attend offsite auctions as assigned.

  • Deliver exceptional customer service and work with other departments to create Iconic Customer experiences.

  • Support the execution of new store procedures and processes.

  • Successfully complete the Buyer-in-Training program.

Qualifications :

Work requires ability to:

  • Make independent judgments regarding important business decisions involving the purchase and pricing of CarMax’s vehicle inventory.

  • Demonstrate successful communications skills with both internal and external Customers. This entails speaking and listening effectively during interactions with our retail and wholesale Customers, external vendors, and interactions with store Associates in group and individual settings.

  • Analyze market data and complete paperwork accurately while making quick, confident decisions.

  • Demonstrate a proven track record of exceptional Associate Development for self and others through achievement-oriented goal setting, inspirational career planning, and focused execution.

  • Motivate, inspire, and gain-buy in from peers and business partners while being a champion for change in a team-oriented environment.

  • Multi-task in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment.


  • Flexibility to work in an indoor/outdoor environment, ability to walk or stand for long periods of time and be able to work in any inclement weather condition for several hours.

  • Flexible work hours with shifts that may include nights, weekends, holidays, and overnight travel within a scheduled 40-hour workweek (8-hour workday).

  • Wear CarMax clothing (acquired through the company) at all times while working in the stores and maintain a professional appearance in accordance with the Standards of Professional Appearance Policy for Offsite and Auction attendance while working at Offsite Auctions.

  • Adhere to all CarMax policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, the Code of Business Conduct, Culture of Integrity Policy, Asset Protection, EH&S (Environmental Health & Safety), and Standards of Professional Appearance.

  • Position requires a valid Driver’s License.

Disclaime r an d Appro v als:

This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. This information is current at the time of publication. Responsibilities may include other duties as assigned and may be amended at the discretion of CarMax with or without notice. This document has been reviewed and approved by management and Human Resources and cannot be modified without written consent by a member of management authorized to modify any such responsibilities.

CarMax is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with federal and state laws which forbid discrimination because of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and other protected characteristics. Employment at CarMax is at-will, and therefore, can be terminated, with or without cause, at any time, at the option of the Associate or CarMax.

This at-will employment relationship will remain in effect throughout an Associate's employment with CarMax unless it is modified by a specific, express written employment contract that is signed by an officer of CarMax and the Associate. This at-will employment relationship may not be modified by any oral or implied agreement. Specifically, this job description is not a contract of employment and does not create any contractual rights of any kind between the Company and its Associates.

Upon an applicant's request, CarMax will consider reasonable accommodation to complete the CarMax Job Application.

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