Be essential at Cars Commerce

At Cars Commerce, we’re fanatical about simplifying everything about car buying and selling. We do right by our customers and consumers to better connect the industry with simplified and tierless technology to enhance, measure and drive local automotive retail. Whether through our No.1 most recognized marketplace,, our industry-leading digital experience, Dealer Inspire, our trade and appraisal technology, AccuTrade, or our new Cars Commerce Media Network, Cars Commerce is essential for success in the automotive industry.  

No one ever travels alone here: at its core, Cars Commerce is collaboration. In fact, it’s built into the very fabric of our shared values. We like to say we Rise Together – putting people at the center of what we do, from consumer to customer to community. Life at Cars Commerce makes it easy when we share the ethos to be Open to All, encouraging open-minded communication because we know diverse thinking yields better outcomes. But critical to our success is Caring to Challenge and Taking Ownership, fueling a competitive spirit in a respectful environment where we think about tomorrow but act today. At our foundation, we have integrity, Doing the Right Thing, even when it’s hard. It’s our shared commitment to these values that makes Cars Commerce a place where growth becomes not only possible, but downright unavoidable.

But don’t take our word for it. As a U.S. News & World Report Best Company to Work For in 2024, we're obsessive about the employee experience. We are among the top 20% being declared “Best” of our industry based on six critical factors that are important to employee wellbeing, like quality of pay, benefits, work life balance and more.

About the Role

Cars Commerce builds solutions for automotive dealerships, manufacturers, and consumers. Our driving force is to deliver one platform to simplify everything about buying and selling cars.  Our platform enables dealerships and OEMs with innovative technical solutions and data-driven intelligence to better reach and influence ready-to-buy shoppers, increase inventory turn and gain market share.  To support the growth and tighter integration of our existing brands like, Dealer Inspire, and AccuTrade we are seeking a Senior Leader for our expanding native cloud platform.

We’re looking for an experienced leader for our Director of Cloud Engineering.  This role is pivotal to leading a key part of the broader Platform strategy. Success in this role requires exceptional leadership, communication, and project management skills. You should have hands-on senior leadership experience, and a strong belief in transparency and accountability.  You have hands-on experience that has fueled your knowledge and experience on your journey into leadership. You have experience hiring and developing the skills and talents of others. You have led teams working in AWS to achieve reliable High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions. You have previous success in setting up and regulating AWS FinOps solutions. You have previous experience leading cloud infrastructure teams supporting high scale SaaS, Data Lake, and data as a service solutions. You care about what you do, and the people around you. Ownership is a key characteristic you inspire your teams to ingrain in their culture. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, related degree, or equivalent practical experience
  • 10+ years of technical experience
  • 5+ years of progressive people management experience in cloud native technologies
  • Extensive experience working in Cloud Native environments, specifically AWS
  • Strong familiarity with AWS Well Architected Framework
  • Previous AWS Cloud architecture experience
  • Experience with multi-account systems architecture and best practices
  • Previous vendor contracts negotiation experience
  • Experience leading multiple teams, managing many levels of leaders and individual contributors
  • Experience with FinOps solutions and establishing related governance programs
  • Experience leading Cloud teams and projects in the Data space
  • Extensive experience using modern monitoring tools (Cloudwatch, DataDog, etc) and establishing metrics, monitoring, alarming, and dashboards 
  • Extensive experience managing change management practices, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to author documentation for all levels of stakeholders
  • Experience managing and establishing automated controls for 3rd party audits (SOX, SOC-II, etc)
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code, DevOps, SRE concepts and best practices
  • Experience implementing software delivery process such as Agile across multiple teams or organizations
  • Hands-on experience with modern programming languages
  • Extensive experience building Cloud native Software solutions and platforms
  • Previous examples of success establishing incident and security response processes
  • Ability and willingness to manage ambiguity i.e., help shape solutions and prioritize deliverables to align with the Company’s vision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong track record of delivering results and are able to effectively prioritize and manage multiple competing priorities with various business stakeholders
  • Experience leading Architecture/Principal level engineers
  • Experience working with AWS both at a technical delivery and business management level
  • Experience setting operational metrics and reporting 
  • Experience leading cloud cost optimization efforts
  • Experience leading cloud security and compliance efforts.


  • Create and Communicate a Vision for how Cloud enables Product development and the Business to move quickly and efficiently
  • Lead a complex cloud infrastructure organization supporting core products, recent acquisitions, and legacy infrastructure systems
  • Lead by example to establish a culture of technical expertise and operational accountability
  • Sponsor and support cloud governance initiatives, establishing standards, cost monitoring, and security/compliance efforts
  • Identify and prioritize technical initiatives to align and integrate with business goals
  • Add transparency mechanisms for stakeholders into the priorities and activities of our Cloud organization
  • Solicit requirements from collaborators and foster excellent communication with stakeholders
  • Hire, coach, and manage diverse teams with varying skill sets and experience
  • Establish training standards and performance expectations for leaders and individual contributors
  • Be an ambassador of Cars Commerce's Core Values
  • On-call escalation participation as needed.


In the spirit of pay transparency, we are excited to share the base salary range for this position which is not inclusive of bonuses, benefits or other forms of compensation that the position may be eligible for. If you are hired at Cars Commerce, your final base salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as skills and/or experience. If the salary range is close to what you're seeking, then we encourage you to apply and learn more about the total compensation package for this position.

Salary Range
$170,800$213,500 USD

Our Comprehensive Benefits Package includes:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Healthcare Plans
  • 401(k) with Company Match + Immediate Vesting
  • New Hire Stipend for Home Office Set-Up
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Generous PTO
  • Refuel - a service based recognition program where employees receive additional paid time away to learn grow and reset
  • Paid Holidays, Floating Holiday, Volunteer Day, Recharge Day
  • Learn more about our Benefits, Perks, & Culture on our LinkedIn Life Pages!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. California Applicants: Click here to review our California Privacy Policy for Applicants. For current employees, please click here to review our California Privacy Policy for Employees.

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