Senior Designer

CarGurus, Cambridge, MA

Find and share automotive knowledge

Car shopping is complicated. At CarGurus, we use data and technology to make it simple, giving people the tools they need to confidently find, buy, finance, or sell a car. The best part? Our work makes a real impact. We’re the most-visited car-shopping site in the US and we are growing fast in our international markets. Ready to come along for the ride?

Welcome to the Creative Team at CarGurus. If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard of us, it’s because we’re new and this is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor. We’re the creative force behind automotive industry’s leading car-shopping brand and we’re looking for a talented senior designer. But enough about us, let’s talk about you. 

You are a designer with a heartfelt desire to roll up your sleeves, figure things out, and be hands on. You’re a wonderful craftsmen well versed in the Adobe Creative Suite and other emerging platforms, but know where your skillset ends. You have no shame when it’s time to call upon superior typographers, artists, illustrators, photographers, directors, and coders—and often look for opportunities to do so. Your portfolio has solid examples of traditional work amplified by successful digital extensions. You know award-winning work is paramount, but you also know it needs to solve a business problem.

With that said, you probably have questions. Which is great. Because we already have answers. 

Are we going to go into a long description about the job responsibilities? 


Why not? 

Because you clicked on a job posting for a Senior Designer. So we assume you know what that means, and you’re not an ostrich farmer who likes to send resumes to jobs you know nothing about. You have a portfolio, experience working with marketing teams, and you know how to apply your skills. 

So what exactly would you be doing? 

You’ll partner with other members of the marketing team to go on a creative rampage throughout the automotive industry. Basically, you’ll take video, social, brand id, and everything else, all the way from fragile concept to exquisite execution. 

How many years of experience do you need?

Enough to be really good. If you’re a toddler that knows how to execute on high level marketing concepts, deliver layouts so beautiful they should be in an art museum, and conjure masterful ideas that can convey complex problems and solutions, then you’re hired. We might suggest using your obvious genius for a greater good, but design and art direction in the automotive world is important, too. 

So, is this an agency job, an in-house job, or what? 

Well, we don’t have to answer to clients who don’t understand what creatives actually do. It doesn’t take millions of meetings to talk about the idea, agree on the idea, then make the idea. You’ll be working with agency veterans who have a true appreciation for great work and effective processes. We operate with less red tape than you’d traditionally find and, oh, we go home enough that we can remember what our loved ones actually look like. 

Why does job posting make you want to click the button and send us your resume? 

Because we came here to do two things. Bend the rules, create great work, and hire a designer. 

Isn’t that three things? 

We told you we bend rules around here. 

If you’re still reading this and it sounds like you’d be a good fit, send us your resume, portfolio, social media account, or anything else that proves you’re worthy. 

(Don’t have a portfolio? Apply at your own risk.)

CarGurus Culture:

Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized folks tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.

At CarGurus, we invest in our people’s professional growth with everything from learning and development programs to tuition reimbursement. Want to work on projects that expand your skill set without sacrificing your work/life balance? You got it. We also strive to provide perks and benefits that employees actually care about like free lunch, commuter subsidies, and more. That includes equity in the company—our way of showing that we want you here for the long haul.

We work hard every day to build the world’s most trusted and transparent automotive marketplace, but trust and transparency don’t just apply to our consumers. They extend to our talent, too. We aim to create a workplace where everyone feels they can bring the ultimate expression of themselves and their potential—where you don’t just fit, you thrive. We don’t discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

CarGurus employees in the US can choose to work from home / remotely for the duration of 2021, or participate in a phased return to our beautiful office spaces. We expect most roles to be in-office at least 3 days a week beginning January 2022. In addition to the US, CarGurus operates sites in Canada and the UK. We have offices in Cambridge, MA; Detroit, MI; Dublin, Ireland; San Francisco, CA and London, UK. Check out our careers page to learn more

About CarGurus

At CarGurus, we believe a transparent car shopping experience is better for shoppers and sellers alike, and we innovate constantly to deliver on that promise. Today more than 20 Million (and growing) unique monthly visitors use our site and our mobile app to find their next car. With headquarters in Cambridge, MA, CarGurus has that "start-up feel"​ (we dislike meetings, play lots of foosball, have catered lunches and fun company outings—the list goes on). Unlike many start-ups, however, we have the advantage of being profitable (since 2010!) with sustained revenue growth. CarGurus is an engineering-driven company with a passion for data, and that drives everything from the speed at which we launch new products to the spirit of innovation that drives our company’s culture.

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