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Horizon Air
Location: Seattle, Washington
Job type: Contract/Locum
Contact: No Name
Category: Office
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Managing Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
 
ALASKA AIRLINES' STORY
 
Alaska Airlines is one of the most respected names in aviation and flies throughout its namesake state and the Lower 48, as well as to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba. Our roots date to 1932 and are symbolized by the Alaska Native painted on the tails of our aircraft. Guided by what we call the "Alaska Spirit", we pride ourselves on providing a lifeline to remote communities while delivering renowned service to everyone we fly. This commitment has brought us national and international recognition. We've been honored with a variety of awards by readers of Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and others. Alaska, with Virgin America, is the premier airline for people on the West Coast, and together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, flies to more than 118 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion.
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POSITION INFORMATION
 
Role Summary
The Director, Divisional Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) leads a finance team providing all aspects of finance support for their assigned divisions of Alaska Air Group (AAG).  This role supports Flight Operations, Inflight Operations, and Reservations and entails working with division leadership to support the operation while keeping costs low.  The Director of FP&A is embedded in the division and acts as the CFO for the group they oversee to drive cost discipline and value added analysis to move the business forward.  

Scope & Complexity
- This role drives achievement for assigned divisions in support of Alaska Air Group's (AAG) overall strategic financial and operating targets.

Key Duties
- Acts as the primary financial partner to divisional leadership (e.g., MDs and VPs), performing routine monthly close, forecasting, and ad hoc analyses to inform operational and strategic decisions for the division.
- Leads the budgeting strategy and planning process; supports division leadership in strategy execution through integrated, divisionally-owned budget plans tied to key financial and operational metrics. 
   - Interfaces with key stakeholders such as Corporate FP&A team, other divisional FP&A teams, Treasury, Accounting, and Strategic Execution/PMO.
   - Drives financial and productivity accountability through timely and accurate monthly closing, forecasting and reporting processes.
   - Reviews monthly financial and metric performance with division VP to identify key variances, trends, and potential issues that may materially impact performance. 
   - Dives deeper into variances and trends to understand underlying drivers (root cause analysis) and helps drive structural fixes and realignment with cost trajectory.
   - Provides weekly/monthly forecast guidance to divisional and corporate leadership on key budget areas/metrics.
   - Drives continuous improvements in annual budget process and ensures timely, accurate loading of financial budget data.
   - Leads the divisional FP&A team by assigning work, coaching, and assisting them with the production of scheduled and ad hoc reports and analyses.
- Manages investments through ownership of the business case process and capital management.  
   - Prioritizes capital investments to achieve the AAG's short and long term goals.
   - Supports divisional capital planning and execution efforts by acting as the financial consultant for business cases and working with Corporate FP&A on capital spend requests.
- Provides consultation to key stakeholders by leveraging financial expertise by advising on important decisions, conducting ad hoc analysis, and promoting good financial literacy within the company.
   - Develops and maintains financial models for key company activities such as 3-year metrics reporting, productivity modeling, segment profitability, competitive analysis and industry benchmarking, what-if scenarios, etc., leveraging the power of the TM1 system wherever possible.
- Stays abreast of industry trends and competitive performance and uses that information to generate ideas and drive improvements in AAG's performance. 

Job-Specific Skills (years of experience, key knowledge, skills & abilities)
- Required
- 7 years of direct financial planning and analysis experience.
- A strong working knowledge/experience of key financial tools such as NPV, ROIC, cash flow, activity based costing, and maintaining large data sets.
- Proven ability to leverage business acumen and analytic capability to act as critical business partner for the organization.
- A strong track record of effectively leading/working with cross-functional teams, driving meaningful changes, and developing and mentoring others.
- A self-starter, willingly takes the initiative, accepts responsibility, able to analyze complex data and summarize in a concise manner, and make meaningful business recommendations in a timely fashion.
- Ability to have tough conversations to drive the right business decision without sacrificing the positive working relationship with the division.
- Highly proficient with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access).
- Minimum age of 18.
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

- Preferred
- 5 years of experience working in the airline industry or related fields.
- Experience with PeopleSoft, Cognos TM1, Brio, Tableau, or related query tools experience.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations
- Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company, with others in the organization, and key external business partners.

Education
- A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, preferably with a focus in accounting or economics, is required.
- A Master?s degree in business administration, finance, economics, math, or statistics is preferred. 
- CPA and/or CFA qualifications are preferred.
 
POSITION INFORMATION
 
Role Summary
The Director, Divisional Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) leads a finance team providing all aspects of finance support for their assigned divisions of Alaska Air Group (AAG).  This role supports Flight Operations, Inflight Operations, and Reservations and entails working with division leadership to support the operation while keeping costs low.  The Director of FP&A is embedded in the division and acts as the CFO for the group they oversee to drive cost discipline and value added analysis to move the business forward.  

Scope & Complexity
- This role drives achievement for assigned divisions in support of Alaska Air Group's (AAG) overall strategic financial and operating targets.

Key Duties
- Acts as the primary financial partner to divisional leadership (e.g., MDs and VPs), performing routine monthly close, forecasting, and ad hoc analyses to inform operational and strategic decisions for the division.
- Leads the budgeting strategy and planning process; supports division leadership in strategy execution through integrated, divisionally-owned budget plans tied to key financial and operational metrics. 
   - Interfaces with key stakeholders such as Corporate FP&A team, other divisional FP&A teams, Treasury, Accounting, and Strategic Execution/PMO.
   - Drives financial and productivity accountability through timely and accurate monthly closing, forecasting and reporting processes.
   - Reviews monthly financial and metric performance with division VP to identify key variances, trends, and potential issues that may materially impact performance. 
   - Dives deeper into variances and trends to understand underlying drivers (root cause analysis) and helps drive structural fixes and realignment with cost trajectory.
   - Provides weekly/monthly forecast guidance to divisional and corporate leadership on key budget areas/metrics.
   - Drives continuous improvements in annual budget process and ensures timely, accurate loading of financial budget data.
   - Leads the divisional FP&A team by assigning work, coaching, and assisting them with the production of scheduled and ad hoc reports and analyses.
- Manages investments through ownership of the business case process and capital management.  
   - Prioritizes capital investments to achieve the AAG's short and long term goals.
   - Supports divisional capital planning and execution efforts by acting as the financial consultant for business cases and working with Corporate FP&A on capital spend requests.
- Provides consultation to key stakeholders by leveraging financial expertise by advising on important decisions, conducting ad hoc analysis, and promoting good financial literacy within the company.
   - Develops and maintains financial models for key company activities such as 3-year metrics reporting, productivity modeling, segment profitability, competitive analysis and industry benchmarking, what-if scenarios, etc., leveraging the power of the TM1 system wherever possible.
- Stays abreast of industry trends and competitive performance and uses that information to generate ideas and drive improvements in AAG's performance. 

Job-Specific Skills (years of experience, key knowledge, skills & abilities)
- Required
- 7 years of direct financial planning and analysis experience.
- A strong working knowledge/experience of key financial tools such as NPV, ROIC, cash flow, activity based costing, and maintaining large data sets.
- Proven ability to leverage business acumen and analytic capability to act as critical business partner for the organization.
- A strong track record of effectively leading/working with cross-functional teams, driving meaningful changes, and developing and mentoring others.
- A self-starter, willingly takes the initiative, accepts responsibility, able to analyze complex data and summarize in a concise manner, and make meaningful business recommendations in a timely fashion.
- Ability to have tough conversations to drive the right business decision without sacrificing the positive working relationship with the division.
- Highly proficient with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access).
- Minimum age of 18.
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

- Preferred
- 5 years of experience working in the airline industry or related fields.
- Experience with PeopleSoft, Cognos TM1, Brio, Tableau, or related query tools experience.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations
- Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company, with others in the organization, and key external business partners.

Education
- A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, preferably with a focus in accounting or economics, is required.
- A Master?s degree in business administration, finance, economics, math, or statistics is preferred. 
- CPA and/or CFA qualifications are preferred.
 
THE LOCATION
 
The location for this position is in Seattle, Washington
 
OUR CULTURE - ALASKA AIRLINES
 
For eligible employees, our company offers a unique total rewards package that few companies can match, including insurance coverage for medical, dental and vision care, 401(k) retirement savings plans, monthly and annual incentive bonus plans, time off and a generous employee travel program.  Each day, we are guided by our core values of Professionalism, Caring, Resourcefulness, Integrity and Alaska Spirit at work and in our communities.  Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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POSTING INFORMATION
 
Please apply on or before: March 29th 2017.

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