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Manager, Inventory at Carvana

Manager, Inventory

Carvana Las Vegas, NV Full-Time
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About Carvana

At Carvana, we sell cars but we aren’t car salesmen.  Our promise is simple: we won’t sell a car to a customer that we wouldn’t sell to our own Mom. Period. To make sure our car’s are in first-rate condition,  we’ve built multiple vehicle Reconditioning Centers around the country, where our cars are inspected, perfected, and photographed before reaching the Carvana website. Using our Carvana Certified 150-point inspection process, we’re able to verify that every vehicle meets our rigorous mechanical and cosmetic standards. 


We strive to provide only the highest quality vehicles to our customers in our mission to deliver a no-hassle, better car buying experience. We are actively looking for passionate and talented individuals who can help us deliver on that promise. 


Think you’ve got what it takes to join our team? Keep reading below to see what we’re looking for!


About the team and position


The Inventory Manager will be asked to leverage their functional expertise to build & lead a cross-functional team of coordinators and operationalize their responsibilities across the Inspection Center organization. This role will manage all invoicing for the Inspection Center, Post Production and Logistics departments, keep up to date with all manufacturer recalls, and partner closely with the on-site leadership team to maximize department production efforts through associate engagement and development.  This role will work closely with internal & external vendors and effectively manage their  performance to ensure they are meeting our  expectations and business needs. The ideal candidate for this role will be a driven and energetic people leader who can work cross-functionally across multiple levels and departments, and successfully partner  with and manage third-party vendors. 


What you’ll be doing


  • Help structure and lead a centralized team of Inventory Coordinators responsible for managing the movement of vehicles off-lot and within Carvana Inspection Centers.
  • Operationalize the Inventory Coordinator team and responsibilities to roll out across the Inspection Center organization.
  • Manage and keep up to date on all manufacturer recalls. 
  • Partner and maintain quality relationships with internal & external vendors and manage vendor performance to ensure vendors are meeting our expectations and business needs.
  • Manage all invoicing for the Inspection Center, Post Production, and Logistics departments.
  • Leverage expertise to help meet organization KPIs and measure employees performance, hold employees accountable and maximize department efforts. 
  • Work closely with the on-site leadership team to hire, train, motivate, and monitor the performance of all inventory department staff. 
  • Develop and provide guidance to the Inventory Coordinators in order to help them grow their functional expertise and skills.
  • Other duties as assigned.


What you should have

  • 5-7 years of inventory or people management experience strongly preferred.
  • Either a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent work experience. 
  • Proven track record of monitoring and working with parts vendors to make sure parts are ordered in a timely manner. 
  • Proven track record of  building and maintaining relationships with third-party vendors and managing invoicing. 
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities overseeing multiple teams and initiatives simultaneously. 
  • Excellent oral communication, written communication, and active listening skills. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail working with computer systems and applications. 
  • Experience in project management and exceptional organizational skills. 
  • An ability to learn quickly, effectively transfer knowledge to others, and delegate tasks. 
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment while sometimes being exposed to excessive weather conditions (heat/cold). 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to engage with all departments at the Inspection Center.

It would be great if you also had


  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing invoicing.
  • Experience working with vehicle dealerships or third party vendors in the automotive industry. 
  • Experience in project management overseeing large scale initiatives 
  • Leadership experience managing across multiple departments. 
  • Experience working in an ambiguous environment or a fast-paced, growing company. 
  • An understanding of lean manufacturing principles and concepts. 

The Manager, Inventory will report to the Post Production Manager and will be a salaried full-time  position.

What we’ll offer in return


  • Full-Time Position with a competitive salary
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits
  • 401K with company match
  • A multitude of perks including student loan payments, discounts on vehicles, benefits for your pets, and much more
  • A great wellness program to keep you healthy and happy, both physically and mentally
  • Access to opportunities to expand your skill set and share your knowledge with others across the organization
  • A company culture of promotions from within, with a start-up atmosphere allowing for varied and rapid career development
  • A seat in one of the fastest-growing companies in the country


Other requirements


To be able to do your job at Carvana, there are some basic requirements we want to share with you.

  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record


Of course, we’ll make any reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs. 


Physical demands


  • This job position is designated as a safety-sensitive position
  • Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds independently; majority of lifting from knee to shoulder heights; other lifting required from various levels
  • Must be able to carry and transport up to 60 pounds up to 20 feet
  • Requires standing for an extended period of time with frequent stretching, reaching, walking and stooping, pushing and/or pulling in an environment that may be cold, hot, noisy, and wet and may have fumes or odors due to vehicle maintenance
  • Requires excellent visual acuity and manual dexterity
  • Requires  use of safety equipment that may include but not limited to face shield or goggles, non-slip shoes, gloves, masks, and other protective garments and equipment 
  • Requires frequent driving and computer data entry 
  • Must adhere to regular and predictable attendance 


Of course, we’ll make any reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs. 


Legal stuff


Hiring is contingent on passing a complete background check.  This role is not eligible for visa sponsorship.


Carvana is an equal employment opportunity employer.  All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.  Carvana also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.


Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


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