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Alaska Airlines Director Supply Chain Management IT 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, SCM IT sets the long-term strategy and oversees the financial performance of all sourcing, contracting, and asset management activities for the IT & E-Commerce categories in Supply Chain Management for Alaska Air. As a people leader, this role establishes strategic goals and direction for a team to lead the organization and staff in developing and implementing sourcing management strategies and provide deep category and industry expertise to develop staff, drive strategic initiatives and impact change across all levels of the organization. As well as effectively develop and propose metrics to analyze supplier total cost to Alaska Airlines, while establishing and managing collaborative relationships across all levels of the organization (including the senior-most executive-level relationships) to drive successful change and improvements in cost, quality and service.

Key Duties

  • Establishes strategic goals to execute the sourcing process for all major IT & E-Commerce projects, including project assessment, strategy development, supplier evaluation / selection and negotiation of terms to meet quality, cost and performance targets.

  • Drive the relationship between Supply Chain and the IT & E-Commerce Executive leadership team and be responsible for internal customer engagement with the sourcing process.

  • Manages the Asset Controls Function for Alaska Air – Manage software and hardware life cycle, including source selection, vendor oversight and asset acquisition / disposition.

  • Articulates the company strategy and develop, interpret and implement contracting policy and procedures relating to IT products, services and vendor relationships.

  • Negotiate key contractual elements with IT service providers to deliver best value for the company.

  • Leverage and implement Financial, Cost & Spend Analysis for IT & E-Commerce related categories to provide meaningful and valid comparisons.

  • Partner across SCM and organization for development and oversight of overall supplier relationships.

  • Manages operational issues/escalation processes and ensures timely resolution of vendor issues.

  • Leverages teams Category Management expertise to the relevant stake-holders' teams to optimize overall supply chain performance for affordability, availability, quality and risk.

  • Drives supply market analysis and oversees information sources and analytical techniques for IT & E-Commerce related categories.

  • Oversees and manage strategies for complex negotiations and lead the supplier selection process for categories along with the team.

  • Leads the contract creation process to ensure business and legal needs are incorporated.

  • Oversees communication strategies for key sourcing initiatives and provides overall leadership and serves as an advisor to IT & E-Commerce leaders on related projects.

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

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

  • 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 experience in Sourcing, Contract mgmt., project management, or relevant area.

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree, in Business Administration, Supply Chain or Information Technology or and additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • Demonstrated use of a strategic sourcing process including Request for Proposal (RFP) writing and management.

  • Ability to draft contract language, negotiate and establish commercial intent within agreements.

  • Experience in negotiating high value contracts required, specifically software license agreements.

  • Experience working with IT service providers.

  • Proficient in presentation skills, including oral and written communication

  • Proficient in MS Office programs

  • Experience with financial analysis of complex vendor proposals

  • Experience in all aspects of vendor management and oversight

  • Demonstrated ability to build influence across departments around company strategies

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Excels in leading teams, facilitating meetings, and developing and providing presentations

  • Proven track record of sustaining strong customer/supplier relationships

  • Excels at Change Management and challenging the status quo

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

  • Authorized to work in the U.S.


  • 5 years of experience in negotiating and contract management

  • Advanced degree or Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) certification

  • Strong project management and presentation skills

  • Strong experience in performance management and process improvement

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

  • Drive effective diversity, equity and inclusion practices to build a culture of belonging while actively supporting and executing on the company’s D&I initiatives, goals and commitments.

  • Influence company culture through action, presence, and reinforcement of behaviors.

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 2022-8200
Category Corporate & Operations