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Visual Systems Designer

CarMax Richmond Full-Time
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7041 - CarMax Shockoe - 140 Virginia Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219

CarMax, the way your career should be! 

As a  Visual System Designer, you’ll flex your typography, color, iconography, and animation design muscles to bring to life the Design Language that is the foundation for CarMax’s brand-defining and industry-leading digital properties. You’ll sweat the little details, focusing on every pixel to deliver new UI atoms, molecules and organisms that contribute to a much bigger whole. Your work will enable and empower Product Teams across the organization to deliver customer experiences that are cohesive, recognizable, and reinforce the brand. You’ll rely on user-centered design principles to produce high-quality visuals—from concept to execution. You’ll work closely with fellow designers to constantly refine the CarMax design language, and create innovative, great-looking products that people love to use.  


  • Sketch, ideate, and generate new concepts based on self-driven research, Product Team input, and stakeholder direction  

  • Establish a high-output workflow that is deadline-driven, with meticulous attention to detail that enables seamless handoffs to the teams you support  

  • Communicate effectively in a cross-functional product development team and present ideas and designs effectively  

  • Be an ambassador for the Design Language, partnering with Product Teams at every opportunity to enable adoption, seek input, and solicit contribution  

  • Contribute to the UI Kit and Component Libraries that make it possible for Product Teams to build using the CarMax Design Language  

  • Mentor and train junior members of the design team on industry and CarMax best practices  

  • Develop and implement processes that strengthen the adoption and development of the design language  


  • Experience designing intricate and cohesive visual design systems that contribute to a unified user experience across multiple customer touchpoints  

  • Good listener, and experienced with brainstorming techniques that help build consensus among a large, diverse group of stakeholders  

  • Collaborative and team oriented work approach  

  • Solid understanding of user-centered design processes and ability to balance customer needs with business goals and metrics in developing solutions  

  • Ability to convert ideas quickly into design artifacts  

  • Experience with design tools that help translate ideas into working products, including, but not limited to: Sketch, Axure, Principal/Flinto, Framer, and InVision  

  • Experience designing and prototyping native app and web solutions for a range of screen sizes/resolutions: mobile, tablet, desktop, etc.  

  • Foundational understanding and experience with front-end technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) that inform your design decisions and handoffs  

  • Ability to perform design critiques and supply objective feedback to others  

  • Able to train and mentor others in design methodologies and best practices  

  • Experience with Agile development processes  

  • E-commerce experience a plus  


  • 5+ years experience within the fields of product, interaction and visual design 

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical work experience 

  • A link to an online portfolio showcasing your work (Include link on your resume) that demonstrates your experience creating elegant, thoughtful and comprehensive UI experiences 


  • Have an understanding of: front-end development best practices; Atomic design principles; user-centered design process; usability and user research methods; data analysis 


  • Exceptional verbal, written, and listening skills are needed to (a) effectively work across teams, (b) listen and understand conflicting points of view on complex matters, (c) navigate through potential contentious situations that periodically occur in a system development process, and (d) communicate complex ideas.   


No out of the ordinary physical demands. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  

While performing the duties of this job, the associate is inside a central heat and air-conditioned office building.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate.  


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 Phone number blocked - click to apply ext. 3888 or email Email blocked - click to apply.


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Almost 25 years ago, CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. This disruptive thinking has helped us become the nation’s largest retailer of used cars with a team of nearly 25,000 associates and more than 200 stores nationwide.

Committed to hiring people with strong values of integrity, transparency and respect, we offer unmatched training and support for associate career growth, and have been recognized as one of Training Magazine’s "Training Top 125" companies in America.

We are also proud to be one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials and 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity. And thanks to our amazing associates, we have been recognized as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® - 15 years in a row!

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