Buyer in Training

Location: Buena Park, CA (6100 Auto Center Drive)


As part of our CarMax store Purchasing Team, a Buyer in Training (BIT) is responsible for conducting vehicle appraisals, coordinating on-site auctions, and attending various regional auctions. Our unique retail environment allows BITs to train on a rotating weekly 40 hour schedule. BITs will spend 8 to12 months learning the dynamics of the used car wholesale industry using various resources to determine the price that CarMax should pay for a used vehicle. BITs track their purchases through the quality inspection and reconditioning process and set pricing based on sales data and competitive analysis.  This position provides a unique mix of analytical and physical challenges due to the fast-paced nature of the business, and approximately 50% of a buyer’s time is spent outdoors in a "hands-on" environment. The average CarMax Buyer will be responsible for purchasing approximately $8-$10 Million worth of vehicles annually!



The ideal background includes 3+ years of retail management, hotel/restaurant management, or outside/territory sales experience.  An ownership mentality, competitive spirit, high energy and attention to detail are a must to be successful in this position.  The position also requires strong leadership, analytical and customer service skills. Bachelors Degree and the ability to relocate is strongly preferred; Ability to work a rotating retail schedule, including nights and weekends, is required.

What we offer:
*Product & Industry knowledge. (Skill based, classroom, and workbook technical training)
*Hands on training with a mentor. No previous automotive experience required. 
*Exceptional career path.  All Purchasing associates begin in the BIT position, therefore we promote from within exclusively for each level of the career path.
*Fast paced environment with limited time behind a desk.  Our Purchasing team spends more than 50% of their time outdoors managing our inventory

Career Path for this position is as follows:
Buyer in Training---Buyer---Senior Buyer---Purchasing Manager---Regional Vice President

This position may require other duties as assigned.  For store positions, the responsibilities may vary by store.

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