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Alaska Airlines Manager Financial Planning & Analysis in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

The Team

This Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis will support Airport Operations, Cargo and Real Estate.

Guided by our purpose, core values, and leadership principles, we are creating an airline people love. Our corporate teams set the strategies and operational plans to ensure the success of our company. Whether we use our expertise in accounting, human resources, finance, planning, legal, marketing, or any of our operational divisions, our shared passion for travel and our guests is what motivates us to achieve excellence each day. If you share our passion for creating an airline people love, we want to hear from you.

Role Summary

The Financial Planning & Analysis Manager performs a wide range of financial and analytical work supporting Alaska Air Group (AAG). As one of the leaders in Divisional FP&A, this role will be responsible for finding opportunities for the company to reduce costs and drive growth. The FP&A Manager with specific divisions will be expected to drive operating and capital expense discipline and value-added analysis.

Key Duties

  • Leads a team of analysts in a specific division of the Financial Planning & Analysis team assigning tasks, coaching, and assisting them with the production of scheduled reports and oversight of ad-hoc analyses.

  • Facilitates the budgeting and forecasting process of both operating and capital spend.

  • Ensures rigorous financial discipline tied to achieving key division and company objectives.

  • Partners with appropriate teams to generate productivity metrics and works alongside FP&A and division leadership to create financial metrics, driving ownership across the organization.

  • Assists the organization in identifying and prioritizing projects via the business case process, considering available cash and resources.

  • Manages the monthly close process and variance reporting for multiple divisions.

  • Reviews monthly close process with direct reports, ensuring all journal entries including accruals are accurate.

  • Identifies key variances, trends and potential issues materially impacting financial performance.

  • Manages monthly variance reporting process, creating an insightful depiction of the divisions spend for FP&A and division leadership.

  • Supports the Director, Divisional FP&A for specific division in providing guidance, critical thinking and strategic business making aid to divisional leadership through assistance in:

  • Communicating industry, company and divisional financial performance/key drivers. Educating cost center managers on key financial/accounting tools, rules and expectations; holding them accountable for submission of accurate and timely monthly accruals and knowing their financial results.

  • Creating ad-hoc financial analysis and Business Case development and providing strategic and tactical advice/feedback to division leadership.

  • Driving the ownership of costs to each department.

  • Provides ongoing and ad-hoc analysis for a number of areas including: financial analysis for contract negotiations and RFPs, impact tracking and analysis for company strategic priorities and projects, merger and acquisitions (including development and ongoing tracking of synergies and one-time costs), quarterly reporting, investor relations, competitive analysis, etc.

  • Engages cross-divisionally with division leaders, Controllers, Corp FP&A, Finance/Accounting teams to know and understand mutual dependencies/requirements and to ensure division financial priorities and objectives support the overall company goals and objectives.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 5 years of experience in finance, business consulting, accounting or a related field.

  • 2 years of leadership experience, with at least some of this experience directly leading people.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in business, finance, economics, math, accounting or a related discipline, or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • Deep working knowledge of/experience with key financial tools such as NPV, ROIC, cash flow, activity-based costing, accounting fundamentals, etc.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

  • Excellent communication skills (e.g., verbal, written, and listening).

  • Must be a self-starter, willingly taking the initiative, accepts responsibility, able to analyze complex data and summarize in a concise manner, and make meaningful business recommendations in a timely fashion.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • 4 years of experience working in the airline industry or a related field.

  • 2 years of financial planning & analysis experience.

  • Experience with IBM Cognos TM1, PeopleSoft financial systems, Alteryx, Tableau or related financial planning and query tools.

  • Experience comfortably working well at all levels of the organization, from senior executives to frontline contributors.

  • CPA, CFA or MBA, with a focus in business, finance, economics, math, or statistics.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

Total Rewards

  • Competitive total rewards package

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • 401k match program

  • Monthly incentive pay plan

  • Annual incentive pay plan

  • Generous paid time off

  • Travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Apply by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on 7/31/2021
Location Seattle
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.
We participate in E-Verify, a service of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), where required.
L: #LI-SK1 Note: any salary range estimates not listed under Starting Rate in the job posting are provided solely by LinkedIn and are not official and have not been verified by Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air.
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2021-5294
Category Corporate & Operations