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Alaska Airlines

Director Software Engineering

Alaska Airlines - Posted 3 months ago
$150k-350k/year  + Equity
*high salary
*Based on 0 Software Engineer salary records


Seattle, WA

no experience required
Company size
23k employees

Airport:  Seattle Tacoma Intl (SEA)

Software Engineer Job description

The Team

It should come as no surprise that we are recognized as one of Seattle’s most desirable companies for engineers and technology professionals. Our culture of collaboration, history of launching industry-leading products, and experienced teams that work at the highest levels of software development help us to pioneer technologies that are creating an airline people love.

Role Summary

The Director of Software Engineering sets the long-term strategy and oversees the performance of the software engineering teams that create and manage Alaska’s employee-facing digital products. This role establishes strategic goals and direction for a team of multiple leaders and their engineering teams who are responsible for a large portfolio of critical systems required to successfully run the airline. The Director of Software Engineering will embrace servant leadership, successfully coach and inspire teams, and foster strong collaboration with product and design teams to build products that employees and guests love.

Key Duties

  • Establish the long-term technical vision, strategic goals, and direction for a team of software engineers
  • Establish a talent management strategy for a team of software engineering managers to create and sustain an inclusive environment that attracts and retains software engineers from diverse backgrounds and encourages cross-team collaboration and sharing of solutions
  • Develop people through effective performance management and ongoing feedback, focusing on fostering strategic and systems thinking, development of talent, and succession planning across teams and disciplines
  • Nurture the team as a coach and mentor to help team members continuously grow by setting high standards and inspiring the team to achieve them.
  • Embrace and execute a lean development framework that promotes quickly turning product ideas into deliverables that can be measured and evaluated.
  • Cultivate strong partnerships with Product and Design counterparts to leverage skills and resources, achieve business and development goals, align and deliver on the vision
  • Partner with teams to identify and leverage new technologies and best practices to create better business outcomes
  • Build solid working relationships with Infrastructure, Security, Enterprise Architecture and Data Science teams to ensure the team delivers secure, reliable and high-performing products
  • Drive effective diversity, equity and inclusion practices to build a culture of belonging while actively supporting and executing on the company’s D&I initiatives, goals and commitments.
  • Manage vendor partner relationships to effectively deliver and support technology solutions
  • Provides 24x7 support for all critical applications supporting the business units

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • A minimum of 8 years contributing to software delivery teams with progressively increasing responsibilities.
  • A minimum of 5 years of hands-on software development experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of leadership experience, with at least 2 of that year directly leading people.
  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in computer science or a related discipline, preferred, or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.
  • Proven experience selecting and managing relationships with external vendors (both on and offshore).
  • Demonstrated organizational leadership and engineering management skills overseeing sizable teams where tight collaboration with design and product was critical to success.
  • Deep experience in lean and XP (extreme programming) practices that increase quality and accelerate product development.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

  • Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.
  • Create a diverse and inclusive culture where all employees feel safe, included and they belong.
  • Proactive leader with a demonstrated ability to oversee a portfolio of complex and transformative information technology projects.
  • Ability to cut through complexity and ambiguity, prioritize effectively, set clear goals, and operate in an agile fashion.
  • Strong ability to rapidly understand and organize complexity; comes up to speed quickly on the architecture and use of complex systems and processes.

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 & annual incentive pay plans
  • Generous paid time off
  • Unlimited high priority space-available travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

FLSA Status Exempt

Requisition ID 2022-9239

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. If you’d like to view a copy of our affirmative action plans, please fill out an AAP Inspection Request Form. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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