Director, Application Systems

Position Description

Director of Information Technology - Application Systems

What we do:

Over 24 years ago CarMax disrupted the automotive industry. And we're still disrupting the industry, enabling a best in class seamless customer experience driven by innovation! We are leveraging leading technologies, modern development practices and highly engaged associates to deliver this experience.

Our purpose is to drive integrity in the automotive industry by being honest & transparent in every interaction. It is the foundation of our culture and why CarMax has been on the Fortune 100 Top Places to Work for 14 years in a row.

Position Requirements

Who we are looking for:

The Director, IT Application Systems primary responsibility is to partner with their business areas and provide technology solutions and services that help deliver CarMax's strategic mission and plans. This position will direct and manage the strategic planning, software development, implementation, administration and maintenance for a large suite of application systems and solutions.

This includes development of long and short-term technology solutions that address business goals and deliver improved profitability, efficiency and an unrivaled customer experience.

The position partners with the following business areas: Accounting & Finance, Compensation, HR, Legal, Payroll, Procurement, Recruiting and Training & Development.

Do you thrive in a dynamic corporate culture? Do you excel in leveraging a forward-thinking technology organization to drive innovation?

If so, your job search ends now...


Strategic planning and results focus
•Identify the appropriate goals for the teams that will achieve enterprise objectives
•Prioritizing objectives and provide a holistic approach to solution recommendations that includes ROI, time to market, scalability as well as alternative recommendations
•Deliver on commitments by being results focused and efficiently leveraging team talent

•Strong interpersonal skills are required to develop the vision by partnering with business partners, peer groups, the IT management team and key employees.
•Present the vision to executive management at the appropriate level of detail.
•Communicate the vision in a way that clarifies the direction for the team to support the strategic direction.

Team Leadership and Development
•Attract, recruit and retain a strong bench of skilled and engaged associates
•Coach associates to deliver on the overall team vision
•Create clear role expectations and leverage industry standards to move the practices forward
•Develop associates to reach their full potential - understand their goals and needs, partner in their development, provide advice, feedback, training and advocacy
•Manage resourcing for product roadmap that aligns with business need

•Possess an in-depth knowledge and stays current with industry trends in: software languages, application development principles and best practices, and implementation and management of SaaS solutions.
•Formulate a technology plan for each business area based on in-depth understanding of the current needs of the business, the future direction of the business and the road map of the technology.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•Passionate about information technology
•Persuasive communicator - able to explain complex or intangible concepts to stakeholders at all levels
•Good listener - weighs input from multiple perspectives when forming opinions and recommendations
•Collaborative and team oriented work approach
•Experience gaining consensus among a large, diverse group of stakeholders
•Experience managing, training and mentoring others in IT software development and implementation best practices.
•Able to easily motivate and inspire team members, peers, stakeholders and executives
•Innovative; thinks beyond boundaries
•Analytical; solves problems at root cause and prioritizes effectively
•Continuous learner and improvement mentality; never satisfied
•Comfortable speaking to large audiences and executives
•Flexible and open-minded; proactively seeks input from others
•Entrepreneurial drive and spirit; enjoys working in a fast-paced environment
•Handles constructive criticism with ease; adapts easily and efficiently to change

•BA/BS Degree required. Master's Degree a plus
•10+ years of experience in Information Technology with 7+ years of application systems development and implementation
•5+ years' experience managing direct reports
•Experience with lean/agile development processes
•Experience with Workday, Kronos or Compensation Systems preferred but not required

If think this is you, let us know and apply! What are you waiting for?

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