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Alaska Airlines Principal Software Engineer - Crew 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 Principal Software Engineer is the lead subject matter expert in full-stack software engineering and digital experience. As an individual contributor, this role defines long-term strategy for our agile development teams, develops and supports our products top-to-bottom, and ships software on a regular basis (anywhere from daily to every two weeks). This role exercises considerable latitude and initiative to solve problems and influence the way our teams build great products.

Key Duties

  • Acts as the lead subject matter expert on full-stack software engineering on an agile delivery team, collaborating with product owners, designers, and other developers to deliver business value on an iterative basis.

  • Acts as technology SME for product team, often representing multiple teams to outside stakeholders.

  • Architects, engineers, tests, and releases highly scalable and maintainable complex, end-to-end custom software applications.

  • Ensures delivery of high-quality software assigned through clean coding practices and utilizing pair programming, test-driven development (TDD), continuous integration, and code reviews.

  • Influences development of technology strategy aligned with achieving department goals and helps team to execute against strategy.

  • Actively engages in the technology industry, by applying new concepts, networking and speaking on behalf of Alaska at conferences and meetups.

  • Influences technology maturity across divisions and upwards in the company.

  • Leverages a deep understanding of the team’s guest experience, business, and systems to mentor other engineers across multiple teams.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 7 years of experience in software engineering, or related area.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Computer Science or a related field, or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • Experience must include:

  • Acting as a full-stack software engineer building custom, high scale, n-tier applications using object-orientated languages (c#, java, etc.).

  • Developing web or mobile applications using modern technologies (react, Angular, swift, etc.).

  • Utilizing appropriate design patterns to create clean, maintainable, and performant code.

  • Expertise utilizing cloud technology and modern architecture practices to build high-scale distributed systems.

  • Expertise mentoring other engineers and driving code quality via principles such as SOLID and modern design patterns.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the confidence to socialize and introduce new ideas and technologies to communities of developers.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • 10 years of experience in software engineering.

  • Experience with the Microsoft Technology stack (e.g., .NET framework, .NET Core, MS SQL, Azure cloud).

  • Experience with modern Angular (version 10+).

  • Experience leading technical projects with teams of 3 or more Engineers.

  • Experience with containers and container technologies, including Docker, Kubernetes, and OpenShift.

  • Experience with unit testing and functional test automation (front and back end).

  • Experience with AI/ML.

  • Experience with Site Reliability Engineering practices.

  • Experience with DevOps practices and supporting tools, particularly Azure DevOps.

  • Experience in Agile/Lean development methodologies.

  • Experience negotiating requirements with stakeholders directly.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

Salary Range

$123,500 - $197,500 / year

Salary Details

Pay will be based on multiple factors, including and not limited to location, relevant 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.

  • Free stand-by 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

  • Generous holiday and paid time off

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
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.
Requisition Type Management
L: #LI-B
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2023-10311
Category Corporate & Operations