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Alaska Airlines Managing Director Accounting Operations 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 Managing Director Accounting Operations sets the long-term strategy and oversees financial performance for Accounting Operations at Alaska Airlines. As a people leader, this role establishes strategic goals and direction for a team of leaders in revenue accounting, accounts payable, fuel accounting, cargo accounting, customer payments and collections, and fraud protection with an emphasis on efficient processes and accurate financial results. This executive role reports to the VP Finance and Controller and provides thought leadership and strategic counsel to executives through expert-level knowledge of revenue accounting, airline industry best practices, and accounting operations best practices. This leader serves as a valued consultant to the executive team for Alaska Airlines.

Key Duties

  • Set long-term strategy for accounting operations, including revenue accounting, accounts payable, fuel accounting, cargo accounting, customer payments and collections, and fraud protection with an emphasis on efficient processes and accurate financial results.

  • Oversee Accounting Operations’ month-end close process, ensuring close is delivered timely, with accurate results, and that balance sheet account reconciliations are error free.

  • Develop direct and indirect reports with effective performance management and ongoing feedback, fostering strategic and systems thinking, development of talent, and succession planning across teams and functions.

  • Communicate and present financial results, insights, and financial recommendations to executive leaders.

  • Co-sponsor Air Group’s procure-to-pay transformation efforts together with the Managing Director, Supply Chain, to drive process improvements, automation, and efficiencies.

  • Take a lead role in readying Air Group’s accounting processes for near-term industry and technology changes, including NDC, one-order and more.

  • Establish and monitor key metrics and performance indicators to measure the health and efficiency of accounting operations processes.

  • Evaluate the technical competence, effectiveness and productivity of the accounting operations team and its processes; strive to continually improve accounting operations’ performance in meeting the needs of the Company it redesigns processes, implements new systems.

  • Partner effectively with other finance leaders and non-accounting functions to communicate and collaborate, strengthen controls, and drive process enhancements.

  • Provide strategic recommendations to enterprise leaders regarding accounting implications for changes throughout the business.

  • Leverage in-depth understanding of Air Group’s financial systems, source information, and accounting and finance methodologies to provide insights and lead cross-departmental projects and initiatives.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 10 years of financial analysis, financial reporting or related experience.

  • 5 years of people leadership experience, with demonstrated success managing high-performing teams.

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or a related field, or willingness to attain a bachelor’s degree within six years of start date.

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

  • High energy, positive, and executive-level presence, along with top-notch written and verbal communication, public speaking, influencing, and motivational skills.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • Airline industry experience.

  • Master’s Degree, Master of Business Administration or a related field.

  • CPA.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

  • Demonstrated ability to influence change and initiate actions that have strategic impact and drive a high-performance culture.

  • Strong 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.

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

Salary Range

$182,600 - $301,300 / year

Salary Details

The pay range and total target compensation package listed above is the expected pay offered for this position at the start of employment. Your pay will be based on multiple factors, including and not limited to location, your relevant experience/level, experience level, and skillset while balancing internal equity relative to other Alaska/Horizon employees. Alaska/Horizon is committed to fair, unbiased compensation along with competitive benefits in all locations in which we operate.

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.

  • Unlimited confirmed travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

  • Comprehensive well-being programs including medical, dental and vision benefits

  • Generous 401k match program

  • Quarterly and annual bonus plans

  • Equity grants

  • Generous holiday and paid time off

  • Lounge membership

For more information about Alaska/Horizon Total Rewards please visit our career site and view benefits.

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Requisition Type Executive
Apply by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on 6/6/2023
Location Seattle
Equal Employment Opportunity We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees and do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information (including family medical history), political views or activity, or other legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. We may use your information to maintain the safety and security of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, its employees, and others as required or permitted by law. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2023-10727
Category Corporate & Operations
Workplace Type Onsite