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Alaska Airlines

Director Divisional FP&A

Alaska Airlines - Seattle, WA




Managing Director Financial Planning and Analysis & Investor Relations


Alaska Airlines is one of the most respected names in aviation and flies throughout its namesake state and the Lower 48, as well as to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Our roots date to 1932 and are symbolized by the Alaska Native painted on the tails of our aircraft. Guided by what we call the Alaska Spirit, we pride ourselves on providing a lifeline to remote communities while delivering renowned service to everyone we fly. This commitment has brought us national and international recognition. We've been honored with a variety of awards by readers of Travel Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and others. Alaska, with Virgin America, is the premier airline for people on the West Coast, and together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, flies to more than 115 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion.


Role Summary

The Director, Divisional Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A;) leads a finance team providing all aspects of finance support. This role supports Alaska Airlines Airport Operation and Customer Service (AOCS) consisting of Airports, Call Centers and Cargo Operations and entails working with division leadership to support the operation while containing costs. The Director of FP&A; is embedded in the division and acts as the CFO for the group to drive operating and capital expense discipline and value added analysis.

Scope & Complexity

This leadership role drives achievement for assigned divisions in support of Alaska Air Group?s (AAG) overall strategic financial and operating targets.

Key Duties

Acts as the primary financial partner to divisional leadership (e.g., MDs and VPs), performing routine monthly close, forecasting, and ad hoc analyses to inform operational and strategic decisions for the division.

Leads the budgeting strategy and planning process; supports division leadership in strategy execution through integrated, divisionally-owned budget plans tied to key financial and operational metrics.

Ensures timely and accurate monthly closing, forecasting and reporting processes.

Reviews monthly financial and metric performance with division leadership to identify key variances, trends, and potential issues that may materially impact performance.

Dives deeper into variances and trends to understand underlying drivers (root cause analysis) and helps drive structural fixes and realignment with cost trajectory.

Drives continuous improvements in annual budget process and ensures timely, accurate loading of financial budget data.

Leads the divisional FP&A; team by assigning work, coaching, and assisting them with the production of scheduled and ad hoc reports and analyses.

Manages investments through ownership of the business case process and capital management.

Acts as the financial consultant for business cases and working with Corporate FP&A; on capital spend requests.

Provides consultation to key stakeholders by leveraging financial expertise by advising on important decisions, conducting ad hoc analysis, and promoting good financial literacy within the company.

Develops and maintains financial models for key company activities such as synergies related to the Virgin America acquisition, 3-year modeling and metrics reporting, productivity modeling, regional airline allocation and performance, what-if scenarios, etc., leveraging the power of the TM1 system wherever possible.

Stays abreast of industry trends and competitive performance and uses that information to generate ideas and drive improvements in AAGs performance.

Manages a team of Finance professionals. Provides timely feedback, direction, coaching, and development opportunities.

Job-Specific Skills (years of experience, key knowledge, skills & abilities)


A minimum of 7 years of direct financial planning and analysis experience.

A strong working knowledge/experience of key financial tools such as NPV, ROIC, cash flow, activity based costing, and maintaining large data sets.

Proven ability to leverage business acumen and analytic capability to act as critical business partner for the organization.

A strong track record of effectively leading/working with cross-functional teams, driving meaningful changes, and developing and mentoring others.

A self-starter comfortable with ambiguity, willingly takes the initiative, accepts responsibility, able to analyze complex data and summarize in a concise manner, and make meaningful business recommendations in a timely fashion.

Ability to have tough conversations to drive the right business decision without sacrificing the positive working relationship with the division.

Highly proficient with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access).

High school diploma or equivalent.

Minimum age of 18.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in accounting or economics,

A Masters degree in business administration, finance, economics, math, or statistics.

CPA and/or CFA qualifications.

5 years of experience working in the airline industry or related fields.

Experience with PeopleSoft, Cognos TM1, Brio, Tableau, or related query tools experience.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.

Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company, with others in the organization, and key external business partners.


The location for this position is in Seattle, Washington


For eligible employees, our company offers a unique total rewards package that few companies can match, including insurance coverage for medical, dental and vision care, 401(k) retirement savings plans, monthly and annual incentive bonus plans, time off and a generous employee travel program. Our values reflect who we are at work and in our communities: Own Safety, Do the Right Thing, Be Kind-Hearted, Deliver Performance, and Be Remarkable. Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants are also protected by law.

Alaska Airlines y Horizon Air no toleran discriminacion o acoso en base a raza, color, credo, religion, origen nacional, estatus migratorio de residencia o ciudadania, edad, sexo, orientacion sexual, identidad de genero o expresion, estado civil, discapacidad, estado veterano protegido, informacion genetica o cualquier otra base protegida por la legislacion aplicable. Empleados o aspirantes que indaguen, discutan o revelen su compensacion o la remuneracion de otros empleados o aspirantes tambien estan protegidos por ley.

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Seattle, WA

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12 days 4 hours ago

Alaska Airlines

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Location: Seattle, WA

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