Alaska Airlines Sr Financial Planning Analyst in Seattle, Washington

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 27914

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Title: Sr Financial Planning Analyst


Director, Divisional FP&A;


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 and Mexico. Our roots date to 1932 and are symbolized by the Eskimo 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 is the premier airline for people on the West Coast and, together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, flies to more than 90 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $4 billion. .


The Financial Planning & Analysis team is a trusted partner for senior leadership driving change and moving the business forward in a highly visible role. As a member of our FP&A; team you will find talented individuals who embody the Alaska spirit, demand high performance and deliver results to our internal customers. The ideal candidate is optimistic, open minded and curious, comfortable in a fast paced, changing environment and understands airline business is won and lost on the margins. Therefore, we are constantly striving to do a little bit better while driving costs down.


  • Prepare financial analyses to support Air Group decision making including 3-year metrics reporting, key performance indicator modeling, product line profitability, competitive analysis and industry benchmarking, what-if scenarios, etc

  • Provide ad-hoc analysis and actionable insights to division leadership to support divisional goals and strategies

  • Responsible for generating monthly reports, including productivity and variance reporting

  • Coordinate monthly closing process for various divisions where needed, including accruals, PO system management, invoice review and research, and data entry into relevant support databases/models

  • Assists Cost Center Managers with individual problems of planning, cost control, budget preparation, variance research, and business case preparation

  • Develop, manage, and maintain models to support company activities, such as labor reports, industry comparisons, cost and revenue forecasts, fuel price scenarios, etc.

  • Extremely self-sufficient; able to take the lead on larger initiatives and drive them to completion

  • Help facilitate procedural changes within the division that will create additional financial transparency and budget ownership/accountability

  • Act as financial advisor to various divisions where needed

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Embody the Alaska Spirit and conduct oneself with Professionalism, Integrity, Resourcefulness and Caring


  • Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or economics or demonstrable applicable analytical experience required

  • MBA and/or Master's degree preferred

  • Three years of demonstrated analytical experience required

  • Knowledge of accounting/finance fundamentals required

  • Direct experience with PeopleSoft or similar, well-known general ledger system a plus

  • Knowledge of airline fundamentals and economics preferred

  • Knowledge of / experience with net present value, ROIC and related calculations, cash flow identification and activity based costing or cost and revenue allocations required

  • Confidence with MS Excel and databases in general, including experience with a variety of Excel's math functions, pivot tables, and some general exposure to query language required

  • Experience with VBA, predictive analytics, dashboard reporting and enterprise planning software such as Cognos TM1 preferred

  • Strong organizational and communication skills, with the ability to prioritize

  • Detail driven with the ability to understand the overriding goals required

  • Self-starter who is able to set priorities consistent with departmental goals and work independently

  • Ability to learn complex processes and systems, to recommend appropriate changes, and to facilitate implementation preferred

  • Minimum age of 18

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


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. .


Please apply on or before: January 27th, 2017

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