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Horizon Air Director of Financial Planning & Analysis in SeaTac, Washington

Company Horizon Air

The Team

This role will directly support the Airports and Maintenance and Engineering divisions.

Also, leads inventory optimization, inventory control, and customs administration functions to ensure Horizon’s aircraft parts inventory strategy and execution effectively balances financial goals and operational need while maintaining the highest compliance standards.

Role Summary

The Director, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) sets long-term strategy and oversees the financial performance of Horizon Air. This role works with division leadership to support the operation while instilling low-cost discipline across the organization. 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. As a people leader, this role leads the finance team which is responsible for ensuring overall strategic financial and operating targets are achieved, along with providing all aspects of finance support.

Key Duties

  • Establish strategic goals and direction for a finance team responsible for providing all aspects of finance support.

  • Act 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.

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

  • Ensure timely and accurate monthly closing, forecasting and reporting processes.

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

  • Dive deeper into variances and trends to understand underlying drivers (root cause analysis) and help drive structural fixes and realignment of cost trajectory.

  • Drive continuous improvements in annual budget process and ensure timely, accurate loading of financial budget data.

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

  • Provide consultation to key stakeholders by leveraging financial expertise to advise on important decisions, conduct ad hoc analysis, and promote good financial literacy within the company.

  • Develop and maintain financial models for key company activities such as inventory optimization, long-term modeling and metrics reporting, productivity modeling, compensation strategy, labor bargaining, staffing optimization, what-if scenarios, etc., leveraging the power of the TM1 system wherever possible.

  • Stay abreast of industry trends and competitive performance and use that information to generate ideas and drive improvements in AAG’s performance.

  • Manage a team of Finance professionals and provide timely feedback, direction, coaching, and development opportunities.

  • Partner with Vice President, People, Labor, and Strategy on labor negotiations, strategy, and analysis.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • A minimum of 7 years of financial planning and analysis, or related (e.g. accounting, audit, other analytical disciplines) experience.

  • 4 years of leadership experience with at least 2 of those years directly leading people.

  • Bachelor’s degree, or an additional two years of training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • 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 analytical capability to act as critical business partner for the organization.

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills with proven ability to influence successful business outcomes.

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

  • 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, and PowerPoint).

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • A Master’s degree in business administration, finance, economics, math, or statistics.

  • CPA and/or CFA qualifications.

  • Experience working in the airline industry or related fields strongly preferred.

  • 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.

Total Rewards

  • Competitive total rewards package

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • 401k match program

  • Monthly incentive pay plan

  • Annual incentive pay

  • Generous paid time off

  • Unlimited high priority space available travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Apply by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on 3/1/2021
Equal Employment Opportunity Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.
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Job Locations USA-WA-SeaTac
Requisition ID 2021-5021
Category Corporate & Operations