Alaska Airlines Senior Finance Systems Analyst in Seattle, Washington


Director of Finance Systems


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 Sr. Financial Systems Analyst is a part of the delivery and support team focused in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Integration, software selection, business process improvement and automation. Acting as the day to day functional point-of-contact, this analyst is responsible to review, analyze and evaluate user needs to formulate and implement solutions that address business strategies. This analyst works on projects across divisions and ensures strategic goals, timelines, and project specifications are met while bringing, sharing, and maintaining professional expertise on financial related systems, data integration, and SaaS solutions.

Scope & Complexity This highly autonomous individual contributor role, in partnership with a team of analysts, routinely exercises discretion as they liaise with business partners to solve routine to moderately complex to highly complex problems and improve processes for the Alaska Airlines.

Key Duties

  • Serves as PeopleSoft subject matter expert supporting General Ledger, Asset Management, Accounts Payable, or Purchasing modules.

  • Understands the strategic direction of the organization and why projects are being done.

  • Displays ability to easily balance the big picture (strategic vision) of the organization with the day to day operations or projects.

  • Leads process improvement by investigating, identifying, and implementing PeopleSoft features or modules not currently in use; identifying areas where business processes depart from delivered PeopleSoft 9.2 software solutions; providing input into FSCM selective adoption strategy.

  • Evaluates and documents the impact of cross-divisional projects on Finance division systems and processes.

  • Interacts with business customers (internal and external) to understand and document their business processes and requirements.

  • Performs all phases of ERP application development lifecycle including requirements analysis, fit/gap, design, development, test and deployment.

  • Creates and maintains business requirements documents, system configuration documents, detailed functional specification documents, test plans and test cases, user training documents and implementation documentation as necessary.

  • Leads and performs all phases of application testing including system, integration, parallel; ensures issues are identified, tracked, reported on and resolved in a timely manner.

  • Works collaboratively with development teams to design, test and implement system modifications and ensures successful delivery of the work products.

  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of business practices, regulations, workflows, and systems design in the assigned subject matter area; understands and maintains configurations and integration between functional areas.

  • Provides ongoing analysis, maintenance and functional support for Financial systems throughout the organization.

  • Liaises with technical support and finance team end-users to resolve complex system errors/inquiries.

  • Provides guidance and mentorship to other analysts on the team

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Requirements, Skills and Education Required

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience with functional analysis supporting PeopleSoft Financials or another large enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

  • Thorough understanding of the business; P2P (Procure to Pay), Financial Reporting or Accounting.

  • Ability to quickly learn processes and systems and recommend appropriate changes, to gain stakeholder buy-in.

  • Proven conceptual, analytical, and problem-solving abilities.

  • Passionate about business being done right with the ability to produce timely and accurate results.

  • A self-starter who takes ownership of their work and excels with minimum supervision.

  • Ability to work well under pressure and effectively manage multiple, concurrent tasks.

  • A strong disposition for customer service supported by excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills.

  • Willingness to learn from and return value to Finance stakeholders by working collaboratively with others and as part of a team.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • PeopleSoft experience in a functional/business analyst or support role:

  • PeopleSoft query skills

  • PeopleSoft Financials Data Model

  • PeopleSoft security

  • PeopleSoft implementations/upgrades in 9.X

  • Oracle PUM continuous delivery, selective adoption model

  • Airline experience.

  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in Finance, Accounting or Information Technology.

  • CPA certification.

  • International Institute of Business Analysis CCBA or CBAP certification.

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, 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: 32448

Location: Seattle, WA

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular