Jobs at Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

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Alaska Airlines Principal Software Engineer, Inflight Mobile in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

Role Specific Details

As a member of the Inflight Mobile team, you will work full stack on the mobile products which enable our largest workforce to help make Alaska the airline people love while delivering a safe and excellent inflight guest experience. The ideal candidate should have at least 2 years of experience working in iOS/Swift development.

Role Summary

The Principal Software Engineer is the lead subject matter expert in full-stack software engineering and digital experience. As an individual contributor, this role defines long-term strategy for our agile development teams develop and support our products top-to-bottom and ship software on a regular basis (anywhere from daily to every two weeks). This role exercises considerable latitude and initiative to solve problems and influence the way our teams build great products.

Key Duties

  • Acts as the lead subject matter expert on full-stack software engineering on an agile delivery team, collaborating with product owners, designers, and other developers to deliver business value on an iterative basis.

  • Acts as technology SME for product team, often representing multiple teams to outside stakeholders.

  • Architects, engineers, tests, and releases highly scalable and maintainable complex, end-to-end custom software applications.

  • Ensures delivery of high-quality software by writing clean code and utilizing pair programming, test-driven development (TDD), continuous integration, and code reviews.

  • Influences development of technology strategy aligned with achieving department goals and helps team to execute against strategy.

  • Actively engages in the technology industry, by applying new concepts, networking and speaking on behalf of Alaska at conferences and meetups.

  • Influences technology maturity across divisions and upwards in the company.

  • Leverages a deep understanding of the team’s guest experience, business, and systems to mentor other engineers across multiple teams.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 7 years of experience in software engineering or related area.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Computer Science or a related field, or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • Experience must include:

  • Acting as a full-stack software engineer building custom, high scale, n-tier applications using object-orientated languages (c#, java, etc.).

  • Developing web or mobile applications using modern technologies (react, swift, etc.)

  • Utilizing appropriate design patterns to create clean, maintainable, and performant code.

  • Expertise utilizing cloud technology and modern architecture practices to build high-scale distributed systems.

  • Expertise mentoring other engineers and driving code quality via principles such as SOLID and modern design patterns.

  • Experience coaching others with TDD, unit testing, pair programming, and other Extreme Programming (XP) techniques.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the confidence to socialize and introduce new ideas and technologies to communities of developers.


  • Experience with DevOps practices and supporting tools.

  • Experience in Agile/Lean development methodologies.

  • Experience negotiating requirements with stakeholders directly.

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 7/30/2021
Location Seattle
Equal Employment Opportunity Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information (including family medical history) or other legally protected characteristics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will also be considered for employment, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law.
People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
We are an E-Verify ® employer, where required by law.
L: #LI-MH 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 2021-5940
Category Software & Technology