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Alaska Airlines Director Divisional Financial Planning & Analysis in Seattle, Washington


We're creating an airline people love. It begins with each Alaska Airlines employee, bringing unique strengths and energy to our work in the air and on the ground. Every day, we go beyond what's expected and reach for the remarkable, together.


Role Summary

The Director, Divisional Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) sets the long-term financial strategy and oversees the financial performance of Alaska Airlines (AS) Inflight Operations and Flight Operations working with division leadership to support the operation while containing costs. The Director, divisional 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

As a people leader the Director, Divisional Financial Planning & Analysis drives achievement for assigned divisions in support Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air's overall strategic financial and operating targets.

Key Duties

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

  • Provides timely feedback, direction, coaching, and development opportunities.

  • 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, by providing support to 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 helps drive structural fixes and realignment with cost trajectory.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Develop and maintain financial models for key company activities such as 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 AAG's performance.

Job-Specific Skills, Experience and Education


  • 8 years of direct financial planning and analysis experience.

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

  • Bachelor's degree with a focus in accounting or economics, or an additional two years of training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • 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).


  • A Master's 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.



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.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines participate in E-Verify, a service of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), where required.

Job ID 36000

Location Seattle, WA

FLSA Status Exempt

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular