Senior Buyer

About Shift
We believe car buying should be fun, fair, and accessible to everyone. We’ve set out to transform an industry, using technology to bring transparency and convenience to the car buying process. 

And we aren’t stopping there. We aim to bring that same transparency and convenience to car ownership too, with payments, maintenance, and insurance in one easy app. At Shift, we’re building the tools that empower people to buy, own, and sell the cars that make life go.

As part of of the Pricing & Inventory Team you'll contribute to shaping our inventory and driving the growth and profitability of our markets. You're on the pulse of retail trends and strive to make purchases that ensure our customers have an unmatched inventory selection. As an auction aficionado, you'll use your buying expertise and analysis to snag the best cars at the right price and pass on the lemons. This is an epic opportunity to be your own boss and shift your entrepreneurial spirit into overdrive.

You love a challenge, solving problems, technology, and getting things done. This requires significant relevant work experience and excitement about the opportunity to join a fast growing startup which is dramatically changing how cars get bought and sold.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for acquiring used-car inventory through online bidding and physical auction attendance
  • Analyze market trends and purchase inventory accordingly
  • Recognize retail trends and make adjustments on the buy side
  • Observe changes in the wholesale market and react accordingly
  • Own previewing, bidding, purchasing and all post sale follow-up
  •  Tracking, monitoring, and reporting of all purchases
  • Participate in inventory targeting & planning process
  • Engage in negotiation and procurement with Fleet companies
  • Capability to identify seasonality changes and adjust appropriately  
  • Understanding of used car market - valuing vehicles based on condition, options & desirability
  • Knowledge of car conditions and cost associated with making vehicle's front-line ready
  • Ability to identify damage on Vehicle CR’s and make monetary deductions accordingly
  • Coordinate transportation of acquired vehicles to optimal locationsHandling of payment process with accounting & auction houses
  • Quickly escalate & articulate any arbitrations in a timely fashion to ensure arb windows are met.
  • Meet with Recon team to audit & ensure correct deductions are being made on a weekly basis
  • Clearly communicate and provide feedback to management to improve overall Auction procurement process
  • Collaborate with Pricing & engineering team and give critical input and feedback any pricing related issues pertaining to our algorithm and bidding process
  • Fill in and own process of previewing & bidding in other teammates absence

Requirements

  • 5 +plus years of auction or wholesale car buying experience
  • Passion for cars and the automotive industryKnowledge and experience of how used-car market works and operates
  • Ability to recognize wholesale trends and provide data backed analysis to appropriate teams
  • Experience working in performance-focused environments understanding and knowledge of the automotive industry: you are a true car enthusiast!
  • Strong work ethic, are a team player and thrive in collaborative, cross functional environments
  • Be your own boss, entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to work apart from the team while still able to drive sound decision making and deliver results
  • You are autonomous, flexible, hungry to learn and grow, comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficient in Excel

On diversity
Our company depends on balance and equality — between buyers and sellers, among employees, and in our relationships with customers.

Our mission to evolve car ownership and transform an industry is a challenging one. It can only be achieved by a team of diverse problem-solvers — engineers, designers, business people — from the same broad demographics as our customers.

Why join now?
We’ve built a small but highly talented team backed by >$275 million in funding from investors like DFJ, Goldman Sachs, BMW, and Nissan. In October 2018 we announced a deep partnership and a $140m round led by the third largest auto retailer in the  US, Lithia Motors. With strong product-market fit and a great business in California, the next two years will be focused on scaling the business nationally.

Shift is the Bay Area’s #1 seller of used cars with $150 million in cars sold per year. We’re serving most of California and are gearing up to scale to new markets. With a solid business model and no clear winner in our space yet, this is a hugely exciting time to join the team.

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