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Alaska Airlines Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

The Team

It should come as no surprise that we are recognized as one of Seattle’s most desirable companies for engineers and technology professionals. Our culture of collaboration, history of launching industry-leading products, and experienced teams that work at the highest levels of software development help us to pioneer technologies that are creating an airline people love.

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 develop and support our products top-to-bottom and ship 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 by writing clean code 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, 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.

  • Experience coaching others with TDD, unit testing, pair programming, and other Extreme Programming (XP) techniques.

  • 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.


  • Experience with Designing and building iOS applications for Apple mobile platforms.

  • Understanding of Apple’s design principles and interface guidelines.

  • Experience with DevOps practices and supporting tools.

  • 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.

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
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
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2022-9187
Category Software & Technology