Alaska Airlines Manager Procurement in Seattle, Washington


Director of Supply Chain Management


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 and Costa Rica. 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 115 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion.


Role Summary The Manager SCM Direct Procurement manages a team of professionals that deliver day-to-day procurement and supply management for the Direct Airline spend categories (Aircraft related products / services). The position establishes a structure, and appropriate policies and procedures, to meet all key internal customer requirements, maintain supplier communications and deliver products in a cost effective manner. The position drives procedures to evaluate supplier performance, provide actionable feedback and institute corrective actions when necessary.

Scope & Complexity This management position supports complex procurement activities for Alaska Air Group and its subsidiaries (to include Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Industries).

Key Duties

  • Implements best-in-class procurement procedures for the Direct spend categories of the organization

  • Partners with internal customers to understand sourcing requirements, schedules and business needs

  • Develops and implements inventory plans to prevent business interruptions or product shortfalls

  • Develops appropriate metrics and processes to drive improvements, cost reductions, and increased performance

  • Implements and maintains a plan to identify objectives, vision, and measures for success with top suppliers

  • Sources vendors for favorable terms and availability for materials, equipment and supplies,

  • Manages the returns/receiving processes to ensure fulfillment of supplier commitments,

  • Cultivates positive and collaborative internal stakeholder/external supplier relationships,

  • Engages in sourcing projects and lean or 5S opportunities

  • Directs and coordinates the activities of a team. Selects, motivates, evaluates, coaches and develops staff capabilities in best-practice procurement techniques, measurements and processes.

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills Required

  • A minimum of 5 years of procurement, sourcing, or material control experience.

  • A demonstrated track record of developing strong customer/supplier relationships and the ability to think systemically to make sound, timely business decisions.

  • Proficiency in discerning various types of agreements common with Technical Procurement (e.g., NDA?s, Pricing Letters, Stocking Program Letters.), including knowledge of common contractual elements within these agreements.

  • Experience managing a team of procurement professionals.

  • Demonstrated competence in change management techniques and challenging the status quo.

  • Ability to conduct research and to complete financial analyses with minimal support.

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Minimum age of 18

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


  • Familiarity with reading technical documentation/drawings and using enterprise class ERP systems (i.e., PeopleSoft and/or TRAX).

  • Airline industry experience.

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

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

  • paid time off and a generous employee travel program

Our values reflect who we are at work and in our communities: Own Safety, Do the Right Thing, Be Kind-Hearted, Deliver Performance, and Be Remarkable. 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.

Alaska Airlines y Horizon Air no toleran discriminacion o acoso en base a raza, color, credo, religion, origen nacional, estatus migratorio de residencia o ciudadania, edad, sexo, orientacion sexual, identidad de genero o expresion, estado civil, discapacidad, estado veterano protegido, informacion genetica o cualquier otra base protegida por la legislacion aplicable. Empleados o aspirantes que indaguen, discutan o revelen su compensacion o la remuneracion de otros empleados o aspirantes tambien estan protegidos por ley.

Job ID: 32447

Location: Seattle, WA

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular