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Alaska Airlines Manager Project Management 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 Manager, Project Management is responsible for managing a team of project managers executing on the delivery of large and/or complex projects in support of the company’s initiatives in accordance with established standards and innovative techniques. As a people leader, this role leads a team of project managers and helps them to successfully execute a variety of projects across the company. These projects are often interrelated and affect multiple divisions of the organization.

Key Duties

  • Drives consistent and efficient execution of projects by working closely with project managers and internal business partners / stakeholders.

  • Partners with sponsors on the creation and review of new project proposals, including; business objectives, success criteria, scope, time frame allocation, funding parameters, staffing requirements, constraints and allotment of resources.

  • Leads project managers in the development of project plans, charters and schedules that support business needs and follows established project management methodology, standards, and best practices.

  • Oversees the management of projects through design, development, and implementation to ensure projects are managed in accordance with contractual obligations and leveraging best practices.

  • Develops people through effective performance management and ongoing feedback, focusing on delegation for stretch assignments, growing and developing the team for capacity and growth, looking at performance across the team, and time management.

  • Provides input into the strategy for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air project management standards, tools, templates, and processes.

  • Influences and directs teams and external vendors to ensure that project support, execution, and documentation adheres to company standards, tools, templates, and processes.

  • Responsible for ensuring project managers are monitoring costs and providing reporting progress to ensure projects are within budget; anticipates and monitors for issues.

  • Ensures project teams are appropriately staffed, have clearly defined roles and responsibilities, and individual commitment for deliverables. Oversees, with other manager(s) and PMO director, project management resource allocation for strategic projects.

  • Communicates project health to stakeholders and executive leadership. Actively identifies risks and manages with mitigation plans.

  • Identifies opportunities to expedite project delivery, reduce cost, and/or enhance business results.

  • Stays abreast of emerging project management methodologies and trends.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience leading complex cross functional projects to successful completion.

  • 2 years of leadership experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Business Administration or other related field; or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • Hands-on experience in project management, including all elements of scope, schedule, budget, risk evaluation, issue resolution, quality, integration, staffing, and communications.

  • Experience in a leadership role managing projects that directly affect multiple organizations, departments and/or the entire company.

  • Demonstrated experience leading people and teams.

  • Advanced knowledge of program and project management principles, practices, and tools.

  • Sound, strategic thinker with a track record of demonstrating good judgement, strong business acumen, and executing plans with a sense of urgency and a mind for safety.

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Knowledge of LEAN principles and process improvement tools (e.g., Accelerated Improvement Workshops (AIW), 5S, etc.).

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated ability to tailor messaging to all levels of the organization on strategy, priorities, and goals.

  • Experience implementing projects involving process improvement principles, change management and technology integration.

  • Experience facilitating the creation of project metrics and establishing a method of tracking. 

  • Demonstrated ability to form strategic partnerships with senior leaders on complex projects.

  • Ability to quickly grasp new concepts and technologies and adapt to changes and demands.

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Project and Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • PMP certification.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

  • Embody the Alaska Spirit and conduct oneself with Professionalism, Integrity, Resourcefulness and Caring.

  • Inspirational leader who will promote the Alaska values, act with a high sense of urgency, and have unquestionable integrity.

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

  • Innovative, apolitical, resilient, fact-based, and creative solutions-focused mindset, with ability to thrive in a rapidly-changing, collaborative environment and to manage conflict.

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 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 5/27/2022
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 2022-7294
Category Corporate & Operations