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Alaska Airlines Director Accounting 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 Director, Accounting sets the long-term strategy and oversees the general accounting organization and the accounting close process at Alaska Air Group (AAG). As a people leader, this role establishes strategic goals and direction for a team of leaders to influence company revenue initiatives across multiple divisions.

Key Duties

  • Establishes strategic goals and direction for team of accounting leaders in the general accounting and close function.

  • Leads the monthly accounting close process in a hands-on and visible way, through close collaboration with the accounting team in resolving emergent issues, leading accounting close meetings, and fostering cross-divisional collaboration.

  • Manages and reviews the accurate and timely performance of month end reconciliations for the general accounting organization.

  • Ensures financial results are prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and established accounting policies and procedures.

  • Oversees the consolidation of all financial data necessary for accurate business unit and consolidated results.

  • Leverages technical accounting knowledge to assess and account for unusual, infrequent and/or complex transactions.

  • Supports the overall relationship with AAG’s external auditors, ensuring AAG provides necessary information and resolves conflicts and questions as they arise.

Transformation & Process Enhancements

  • Optimizes the use of tools and accounting-related systems to leverage automation, create efficiencies and improve the company’s close process.

  • Improves upon the use of monitoring, analytics and metrics to measure the health of accounting close and related processes.

  • Drives process improvement mindset across the accounting team, leveraging project management and change management skills to deliver results.

Direct and Manage Performance

  • Manage a team of direct and indirect reports, with performance management and development responsibilities.

  • Foster collaboration, transparency and a results-oriented mindset amongst a wide group of finance stakeholders.

  • Attracts, motivates, develops, and retains a high-performing team to continually improve the accounting function.

  • Promotes a high-performance culture by cultivating and motivating direct/indirect reports through coaching, mentoring, and by providing regular and meaningful feedback.

  • Forges strong relationships and communicates / consults with a range of stakeholders, including senior management, business development, systems engineering, and external industry groups to define and achieve objectives.

  • Models and encourages open, honest, and direct communications and encourages open debate to get to optimal solutions.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 8 years of accounting experience within a complex business environment.

  • 5 years of people leadership experience, with at least 2 of those years directly leading people.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

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

  • Broad knowledge of and experience within Finance/Accounting and Auditing, including GAAP, Sarbanes-Oxley and COSO frameworks.

  • High energy, positive presence along with top-notch written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent organization, project management, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and thrive in a rapidly changing, collaborative environment.

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

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • Experience with accounting and finance process transformation and system implementations

  • Experience building and coordinating cross-functional teams.

  • Experience with Blackline.

  • Mix of experience in public accounting and in-house accounting/finance.

  • Proficiency with PeopleSoft ERP systems.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

  • Strong communication (e.g., verbal, written, presentation) and interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company, with others in the organization, and with key external business partners.

  • Proven ability to leverage business acumen and analytic capability to position the organization as a critical business partner.

  • Ability to engage with and establish credibility with business partners at the most senior/executive level.

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

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air pay and benefits can vary by company, location, number of regularly scheduled hours worked, length of employment, and employment status.

  • Competitive total rewards package

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • 401k match program

  • Monthly incentive pay plan

  • Annual incentive pay

  • Generous paid time off

  • Unlimited high priority space available travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
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.
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2022-8199
Category Corporate & Operations