Alaska Airlines - Alaska Air - Horizon Air Financial Analyst- Portland or Seattle in Portland, Oregon

Job Title: Financial Analyst- Portland or Seattle

Job ID: 31090

Location: Portland, OR

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Horizon Air: behind the name are men and women with a "can-do" spirit and a passion for excellence. Launched in 1981, As the regional carrier for Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air provides service to cities and communities throughout Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Alberta and British Columbia (Canada). As a partner to Alaska, we turn regional travel into a different kind of commute, impromptu visits, weekend getaways, and stopovers along global journeys - and we do so dependably, efficiently, enjoyably. In this way, we're not just an airline; we're the route to more people, places, and experiences. A catalyst for larger communities, more closely connected. Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). .


Role Summary The Financial Analyst performs a wide range of financial and analytical work supporting Horizon Air and Alaska Air Group (AAG). Horizon Air is going through a pivotal time in its history following the entry into service of our new fleet of E175 aircraft and significant growth planned for the company in support of AAG's organic growth and acquisition of Virgin America. This role will be responsible for finding opportunities for the company to reduce costs, improve productivity, and drive growth. This is an exciting, fast-paced role that is exposed to multiple areas within the organization and has exposure to senior company leadership (including the C-Suite).

Scope & Complexity

  • This position supports strategic and complex financial planning and analysis activities for Horizon Air and Alaska Air Group (AAG).

Key Duties

  • Support the annual budgeting and monthly forecasting process.

  • Ensures rigorous financial discipline is tied to achieving key company objectives.

  • Generates productivity/financial metrics and drives ownership across the organization.

  • Manages capital budgeting and forecasting for Horizon divisions

  • Drives the production of executive dashboards and variance reports for operating budgets.

  • Reviews monthly financial reports with each of the division and senior Finance leaders to identify key variances, trends, and potential issues that may materially impact financial performance.

  • Takes the lead in partnership with division leaders to come up with alternative action plans to course-correct any variances.

  • In collaboration with senior leadership and the rest of the FP&A; team, develops and maintains financial and productivity reporting/tracking regarding strategic initiatives and overall company objectives to drive better business understanding/insights, performance oversight, and accountability.

  • Analyzes divisional expenses.

  • Drives the ownership of cost performance across the division including identifying opportunities for improvement and leading development of actions plans to achieve desired cost savings and/or productivity improvement

  • Assists division leadership in communicating industry, company and divisional financial performance/key drivers throughout division.

  • Oversees monthly accounting/financial close and forecast process and assist with variance analysis.

  • Educates cost center managers on key financial/accounting tools, rules, and expectations and holds them accountable for submission of timely, accurate, monthly accruals and knowing their financial results.

  • Assists with ad-hoc financial analysis and business case development and provides regular strategic and tactical advice/feedback to division leadership.

  • Industry benchmarking: Keeps abreast of industry developments and competitor performance with respect to productivity and front-line labor compensation.

  • Drives the rollout and increased usage of Tableau and other planning/analytical tools to automate manual processes and streamline work streams.

  • Engages cross-divisionally with division leaders, FP&A;, AAG Finance/Accounting teams to know and understand mutual dependencies/requirements and to ensure that division financial priorities and objectives support the overall company goals and objectives.

Job-Specific Skills (years of experience, key knowledge, skills & abilities) Required

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in finance, business consulting, accounting or a related field.

  • A strong working knowledge of/experience with key financial tools such as NPV, ROIC, cash flow, activity based costing, accounting fundamentals, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and execute business improvements.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, especially with strong command of Excel.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • High level of technical aptitude in utilizing business information tools for analysis and reporting.

  • Must be a self-starter, willingly taking initiative, accepts responsibility, able to analyze complex data and summarize in a concise manner, and make meaningful, timely business recommendations.

  • Willingness to travel on occasion for meetings and other events.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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


  • 4 years of experience working in the airline industry or a related field.

  • 2 years of financial planning & analysis experience.

  • Experience working with Tableau or related query tools, Hyperion, database creation and maintenance, and PeopleSoft financials

  • Demonstrated understanding of financial analysis as it relates to airline metrics and productivity strongly preferred

  • Experience comfortably working well at all levels of the organization, from senior executives to frontline contributors.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

  • Drive business performance through Horizon?s culture of engagement, empowerment, consistency, and clarity.


  • Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree is required. Focus of degree in business, finance, economics, math, accounting, or related field, is preferred.

  • Master?s degree, with focus in business administration, finance, economics, or statistics, is preferred.

  • CPA certification is preferred.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required. ..


The location for this position is in Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington


Please apply on or before: September 27, 2017

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