Alaska Airlines

Technology Compliance Director

Alaska Airlines - Posted 23 days ago
$141k-180k/year  + Equity


Seattle, WA

Career Level
Company size
23k employees

Executive Job description

It should come as no surprise that Alaska Airlines is recognized as one of Seattle’s most desirable companies for engineers and information technology (IT) professionals. Our technology teams are regularly improving the way our guests experience air travel. We are innovators and creators, striving to continually improve our award-winning technology in ways that make travel as simple, enjoyable, and as seamless as possible. We are not content to rest on our successes. We take pride in the fact that our ideas have become the norm across the industry, and we are always thinking about what's next. 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 Technology Compliance Director is a role within the Alaska Airlines technology team, reporting to the Managing Director & Chief Information Security Officer. This role is the sole subject matter expert in the successful planning and execution of annual technology SOX compliance requirements for the enterprise. This role will partner with Finance and Internal Audit teams to facilitate timely evidence collection, direct technology teams, develop plans, manage priorities, and ensure that compliance responses and deliverables are successfully completed within the annual compliance cycle. As an individual contributor, this role works to design and implement innovative solutions to address technology SOX compliance requirements for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

Key Duties

  • As the sole subject matter expert in planning and execution of annual technology SOX compliance, this role will provide the strategic direction for SOX compliance activities through long-term planning, coordination, and communications across the technology team and functional business areas.
  • Lead process reviews and identify opportunities for significant enhancements to design and implement innovative solutions to improve processes and related program activities.
  • Define the long-term strategy for ongoing and comprehensive program improvement, such as recommending and implementing changes that will drive efficiencies and control enhancements for areas of compliance risk.
  • Make significant, impactful decisions to resolve compliance issues and manage related dependencies to keep compliance deliverables on track. Escalate risks as necessary and help devise contingency plans as appropriate to mitigate risks.
  • Lead timely evidence collection and responses to SOX compliance requirements from control owners.
  • Partner and advise business stakeholders to prepare an annual compliance work plan based on comprehensive, annual compliance risk assessment and requirements.
  • Partner with Supply Chain Management to review new software contracts to ensure appropriate language around SOX/internal control expectations.
  • Communicate clear expectations and collaborate with control owners and stakeholders, and continually manage those expectations throughout the compliance lifecycle.
  • Influence across technology leadership, finance stakeholders, and internal audit to identify control gaps or deficiencies and gain commitments to the timely remediation of such through appropriate investments and/or process changes.
  • Construct compliance postmortems to capture lessons learned for identifying and driving improvements.
  • Maintain a current working knowledge of various laws, regulations, and industry guidance.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 10 or more years of experience in managing technology SOX compliance and related program activities/resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.
  • Ability to manage the dynamics of cross-functional technology and business teams.
  • Ability to influence and effectively collaborate with technical and non-technical persons.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite of tools including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and SharePoint.
  • Ability to analyze, organize and simplify complex problems to develop practical solutions.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


  • CISA certification.
  • Preferably PMP certified/trained.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

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

Employment Type Full-Time

FLSA Status Exempt

Regular/Temporary Regular

Requisition ID 2022-8991

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 on 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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