Alaska Airlines Financial Accountant II in Seattle, Washington

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 29539

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Title: Financial Accountant II


Manager, Financial Accounting


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, Costa Rica and Cuba. 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 118 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion. .


Role Summary The Financial Accountant II supports the general accounting team in general ledger accounting functions by owning the more complex account reconciliations and related journal entries. This Accountant performs technical accounting research and writes memos documenting conclusions and proper accounting treatment and performs variance fluctuation analysis of P&L; accounts.

Scope & Complexity

  • This position supports financial accounting activities for Alaska Air Group (AAG) and its subsidiaries.

Key Duties

  • Supports the general accounting team in general ledger accounting functions by owning the more complex account reconciliations and related journal entries (e.g. stock-based compensation, marketable securities, fuel hedging, debt, etc.).

  • Performs technical accounting research and writes memos documenting conclusions and proper accounting treatment.

  • Owns internal financial reporting schedules, such as the monthly financial package, ROIC, and cash flow forecasts.

  • Continuously improves account reconciliation automation to ensure efficiency and promote productivity.

  • Performs variance fluctuation analysis of P&L; accounts compared to plan and period over period changes in income statement and balance sheet accounts.

  • Assists in the preparation of monthly closing packages for all entities.

  • Identifies and drives process improvement initiatives.

  • Assist in the documentation and monitoring of internal controls.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Skills

  • Required

  • A minimum of 2 years of accounting/general ledger experience in an automated environment using financial software (or similar experience).

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of accounting procedures and a strong understanding of GAAP.

  • Auditing skills, with the ability to research and reconcile difficult accounts.

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills with an emphasis on Excel.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Strong organization and time management skills.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work cross-divisionally.

  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule based on business needs.

  • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction.

  • Minimum age of 18.

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Preferred

  • PeopleSoft experience.

  • Experience with Blackline reconciliation and matching modules.

  • Experience working with benefit plan financial statements.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in accounting or a business related discipline, is required.

  • A CPA license is preferred. Exam eligibility is required.


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. Each day, we are guided by our core values of Professionalism, Caring, Resourcefulness, Integrity and Alaska Spirit at work and in our communities. 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.

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