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Operations Manager (Partner Manager)

| Santa Monica

At Edmunds we’re driven to make car buying easier. Ever since we began publishing printed car guides in the 60’s, the company has been in the business of trust, innovating ways to empower and support car shoppers. When Edmunds launched the car industry’s first Internet site in 1994, we established a leadership position online and have never looked back. Now, as one of the most trusted review sites on the Internet, millions of visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next car. For consumers, we bring peace of mind. For dealers, we make tools to help them solve their problems and sell more cars. How do we do it, you ask? The key ingredients are our enthusiastic employees, progressive company culture and cutting-edge technology. Want to join the team? Read on to find out how!

What You’re Applying For:

Edmunds is looking for a Partner Manager to own and strengthen our third-party contact center relationship(s). Our mission is to make the car buying process easy and the contact center plays a pivotal role. We believe we can simplify the car buying process by empowering both shoppers and dealers with the right products and the right services. One of those products is Edmunds CarCode, used by 7000+ dealers and industry partners across the country. CarCode is an automotive messaging platform that connects interested car shoppers with dealers and provides them with an easy way to communicate. When shoppers message dealers on CarCode, the contact center agents are often the first point of contact. The first interaction sets the tone for the shopper experience so the Partner Manager will ensure outstanding customer service and satisfaction is delivered with every communication – from responsiveness, to automotive knowledge, and guidance through the car buying journey. By working with both internal and external stakeholders, the Partner Manager will set goals and identify solutions (product and/or process) to achieve maximum contact center productivity and hit performance objectives. The Partner Manager will bring increased organization and focus to a fast-paced environment.

What You’ll Do:

  • Own the relationship with the contact center including handling of day-to-day activities
  • Define contact center best practices and processes; define special handling for messages based on origin, method of communication, or type of inquiry
  • Establish metrics and KPIs to manage and ensure seamless and consistent customer experience and satisfaction
  • Ongoing analysis, both quantitative and qualitative and including QA of live chats and transcripts
  • Develop programs and materials to support and improve performance with a focus on quality of response and volume management
  • Identify areas of opportunity to increase productivity and effectiveness; collaborate with internal product teams and the partner to provide recommendations on how to optimize including both product and process improvements
  • Ensure new and/or updates to Edmunds products and services are communicated and the contact center is equipped to use and/or advise customers about these changes
  • Work with the partner to identify actions and initiatives to improve customer satisfaction, efficiency, or costs; ensure actions are implemented as appropriate

What You Need:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Economics, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience with contact center management, vendor performance management, process design, and performance analysis/metrics
  • Extensive knowledge of contact center operations, lead management, training, script development, and quality assurance knowledge
  • Team player who is able to lead, follow, and exert soft power to achieve goals; works effectively with business and technical teams
  • Self-starter with ability to multi-task, remain organized and adapt to shifting priorities
  • Product management/development experience a bonus
  • Automotive experience a bonus

Working @ Edmunds.com:

Employees think it’s a pretty great place to work and some pretty impressive publications think it is too: we have been recognized as one of the best places to work by the Fortune Magazine and Great Places to Work, LA Business Journal (for the last 6 years!), Computerworld, and Built in LA. We've also been identified as one of the best workplaces specifically in Technology and also for Diversity and Asian Americans. In fact, our CEO, Avi Steinlauf, was rated as one of Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs! If you’re interested in learning more and joining our mission, we’d love to hear from you!

Edmunds will consider for employment qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all applicable laws.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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Conveniently located at the Colorado Center, near the intersection of Cloverfield and Colorado.

An Insider's view of Edmunds

What’s the vibe like in the office?

This is not your average corporate office. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. While we're here to get work done, not everything is all business. People here understand the importance of human relationships. Not only are we co-workers, but many of us are also friends, close ones even. To top it off, our office is fun and encouraging to take breaks!


Technical Lead

What makes someone successful on your team?

I have grown more here than any other company. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to move between several teams. Each time, it challenged me to pick up new skills. Edmunds has a culture of continuous learning. In my time here, I have participated in study groups to learn: programming language theory, machine learning, and iOS development.


Director, Digital Futures Engineering

What are Edmunds Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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