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Alaska Airlines Senior Retirement Services Partner in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

The Team

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 Senior Analyst, Retirement Services is a subject matter expert in data and process analysis. This role oversees and carries out the analytics and administration of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air’s qualified 401(k) and pension plans. As an individual contributor, this role exercises considerable judgement to make decisions supporting routine to highly complex retirement plan activities and makes recommendations to address complex benefit issue(s) with employees/unions/vendors and serves as a liaison between all parties.

Key Duties

  • With minimal direction from leadership, oversee, administer, and provide analysis for qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, pension plans and Canadian retirement plan. This includes all short- and long-term tasks related to plan administration.

  • Analyze data flowing between systems. Troubleshoot issues and recommend solutions to correct systems issues.

  • Perform “what if” analysis and make appropriate recommendations to guide the direction of labor negotiations

  • Solve complex issues tied to transfers, loan amortization, USERRA leaves, etc.

  • Understand applicable laws and plan provisions and ensure plans are in compliance at all times.

  • Partner with multiple vendors for functions such as loans, hardship withdrawals, after-tax withdrawals, domestic relations orders, termination distributions, participant census, enrollment status, and problem resolution.

  • Participate in and influence the strategic planning and execution of department goals based on analysis performed, make recommendations to establish process and policy changes that improve benefit offerings or simplify plan administration.

  • Mentor and coach team members for success and growth in their daily work, skill development, and discipline expertise.

  • The incumbent will maintain actuarial models to create retirement packets and coordinate payments to employees through payroll and vendors.

  • Each member of the retirement team will be responsible for tracking and successfully delivering on established people service metrics.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


Where permitted by applicable law, candidates must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered, if not currently employed by Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.


  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in analytics focused on retirement benefits, payroll, accounting, human resources, finance or other related field.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Administration, Business Administration, Finance or related area, or an additional two years of relevant experience in lieu of this degree.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, with advanced Excel and Word skills.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • A positive and professional demeanor, with the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience with defined benefit and/or defined contribution plan administration.

  • Experience with high volume, hands-on, detailed reconciliation work.

  • A working knowledge of Canadian regulations relating to retirement benefit plans.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Where permitted by applicable law, new hires must have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.

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 12/15/2021
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.
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Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2021-6168
Category Corporate & Operations