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Alaska Airlines Principal Solution Architect – DevSecOps in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

The Team

It should come as no surprise that Alaska Airlines is recognized as one of Seattle’s most desirable companies for engineers and technology professionals.  Our technology teams are regularly disrupting the way our guests experience air travel.  We are innovators and creators, striving to continually improve our award-winning technology in ways that make travel as simple, enjoyable and seamless as possible.  We are not content to rest on our successes.  We take pride in the fact that our ideas have become the norm across the industry, and we are always thinking about what's next!

Role Summary

The Principal Solutions Architect role is a subject matter expert in the design and implementation of technology solutions. As an individual contributor this role exercises considerable latitude and initiative in defining strategies for acquiring, designing, and governing technology solutions, as well as solving technical, process, and governance issues.

Key Duties

  • Define the long-term strategy for design, implementation, and documentation of technologies, products, and/or systems in use throughout the airline.

  • Communicate high-level technical guidance to maintain current technology standards and guidelines; recommend modifications where needed; and ensure new efforts fit within the overall strategies.

  • Explore, evaluate, recommend, and act as the lead subject matter in emerging technology trends and proof-of-concept efforts.

  • Steers technical architecture assessments of potential technologies.

  • Develop and influence decisions across company and several levels up for improvements to technology architectures, including cost analyses.

  • Guide solution cost models for economic evaluations.

  • Head reviews of solutions to ensure architectures are sound and fit the technical strategies of the organization.

  • Create and implement technology standards, methodologies, processes, and guidelines. 

  • Provide key inputs to RFPs from the technology perspective and input to the final recommendation. 

  • Author solution designs, methodologies, processes, and IT technical guidelines.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 7 years of experience in solution architecture or related area.

  • Bachelor’s degree, or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • Experience evaluating and providing assessments of commercial and custom solution architectures.

  • Experience creating and leading policy and governance efforts with respect to software development and technical infrastructure.

  • Demonstrated experience architecting, implementing, and reviewing complex technology solutions.

  • Experience evaluating RFPs from the technology perspective and providing recommendations.

  • Proven experience in quickly learning new technologies and methodologies.

  • Demonstrated ability in effectively communicating technical concepts to a wide variety of audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex business and technical challenges.

  • High levels of curiosity, initiative, integrity, and flexibility.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • Experience with business requirements gathering/analysis techniques.

  • Highly organized with a demonstrated systematic approach to carrying out assignments.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

  • Experience producing proofs of concept with different technologies to accurately arrive at working solution to a defined opportunity.

  • A broad set of experiences with different technical/software architectures.

  • Deep background in one or more of the following areas: computing platforms (cloud, virtualization, etc.), application development, middleware platforms, or database management.

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.

  • 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
Apply by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on 12/31/2022
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 2022-9083
Category Software & Technology