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Alaska Airlines Senior Principal Software Engineer 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 Sr Principal Software Engineer provides technical guidance for multiple technology domains from strategic decisions down to the effort planning level. This role designs and implements high-level design plan for the overall technical strategy for multiple areas. The role develops and refines expert skills in communicating, consulting and strategically guiding technology, as well as solution architectures, and the role of emerging technology trends.

Key Duties

  • Ensures all business capabilities are captured, communicated, and revised as needed.

  • Examines the application portfolio for potential gaps and weaknesses.

  • Lead the definition of long-term technical strategy with a 12-24 month horizon.

  • Advise enterprise leaders on long-term goals of technical strategy and tie those goals to business strategies.

  • Spearheads coordination roadmap efforts across multiple product teams, builds future state models, and aids in design of technical migration plans.

  • Guides architectural assessments and recommendations of key and potential new systems.

  • Provides high level technical guidance and direction on products ensuring new efforts fit in with the overall strategic vision.

  • Develops, documents, and communicates plans for investing in technical architecture, including cost analyses.

  • Lead communication to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences on a variety of technology topics.

  • Creates and evangelizes appropriate standards, methodologies, processes, and guidelines for applying technology to business outcomes.

  • Researches and aids in development of proofs-of-concept.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • A minimum of 10 years of designing and/or developing technology solutions across a variety of technology landscapes.

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

  • A broad background in technical architecture, application development, middleware, and database management for multiple operating systems or development language/methodologies.

  • Working knowledge of one or more information technology architecture standards such as COBIT, TOGAF, IT4IT, etc.

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

  • Experience creating policy and governance documents with respect to software and infrastructure technologies.

  • Experience conveying technology information to diverse audiences via virtual and in-person channels to ensure common understanding.

  • Experience producing effective proofs of concept with different technologies.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


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

  • Established skills in leading and/or mentoring other technology professionals.

  • Proficiency working in multi-cloud environments

  • Experience architecting, implementing, and reviewing large system implementations.

  • Familiarity with data privacy, compliance, and security principles/standards.

  • Demonstrated business acumen including RFP participation and product delivery.

  • Broad background in product delivery, technical architectures, application development, middleware, and/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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Where permitted by applicable law, new hires must have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.

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

  • Generous paid time off

  • Unlimited high priority space available travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Location Seattle
Equal Employment Opportunity Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information (including family medical history) or other legally protected characteristics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will also be considered for employment, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are an E-Verify ® employer, where required by law.
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Requisition Type Management
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2021-6329
Category Software & Technology