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Alaska Airlines Senior Financial Accountant 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 Senior Financial Accountant is a subject matter expert in financial accounting at Alaska Airlines. As an individual contributor, this role exercises considerable judgement applying a broad understanding of GAAP to ensure accuracy and effectiveness in all accounting tasks and supports the financial accounting team by performing month-end close and reporting activities, performing technical research, and owning complex reconciliations and journal entries.

Key Duties

  • Prepares financial reporting documents, including portions of required SEC filings (10-K, 10-Qs & 8-Ks), internal financial summaries for executive leadership, and reporting for federal purposes, such as DOT forms.

  • Assists in the preparation of monthly closing packages for all entities.

  • Records journal entries for assigned functional areas on a monthly basis.

  • Performs technical research and documentation as needed relating to SEC, GAAP, and COSO rules and regulations.

  • Manages execution of project plans in areas such as process improvement initiatives, new accounting standard implementation efforts, and other ad hoc projects.

  • Provides efficient and accurate reconciliation of assigned balance sheet accounts.

  • Applies deep knowledge in financial accounting to perform variance fluctuation analysis of P&L accounts compared to plan and period-over-period changes in income statement and balance sheet accounts.

  • Makes recommendations to drive process improvement initiatives.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 3 years of experience in public accounting, or 4 years of experience in corporate accounting, public company audit, or related area.

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

  • A CPA license or eligible to sit for uniform CPA exam.

  • Strong understanding of accounting theory and practices.

  • Demonstrates technical knowledge of accounting procedures and a strong understanding of GAAP.

  • Ability to coach and develop staff accountants.

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills with an emphasis on Excel.

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Organization and time management skills.

  • Communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule based on business needs.

  • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • Public company audit experience in a Big 4 public accounting or other national firm.

  • PeopleSoft experience.

  • Experience with internal controls.

  • Auditing skills, with the ability to research and reconcile difficult accounts.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

Salary Range

$78,200 -- $117,400 / 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
I: Y - MG
L: #LI-B
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2022-9407
Category Corporate & Operations