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Director Internal Audit

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Alaska Airlines

Seattle, WA

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Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 31826

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Title: Director Internal Audit


EVP Finance & Chief Financial Officer


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 and Costa Rica. 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 115 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion.


Role Summary The Director, Internal Audit (IA) supports the strategic vision of the AAG Audit Programs group by organizing the IA function at Alaska Air Group (AAG), serving both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Reporting to the Managing Director, Audit Programs (MD, Audit), with periodic access to Executive Management and/or the Audit Committee with specific subject matter briefings, the Director supervises the activities of auditors working on financial, information technology, brand, people, strategic, risk, compliance and operational audits.

Scope & Complexity

This leadership role directs audit programs for Alaska Air Group (AAG) and its subsidiaries.

Key Duties Partners with the Director, Internal Evaluation Program (IEP) and key stakeholders to prepare an annual enterprise-wide risk assessment for Alaska Air Group, for determining which of these risks fall within the purview of IA, and for understanding the systems, processes and controls that help us manage or mitigate risks.

Responsible for developing a multi-year rotational plan to test these processes and controls.

Ensures all audits are properly executed in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, which will include, at a minimum, the following stages:

Gains an understanding of the risks and the related controls, processes and procedures.

Develops an audit approach to provide sufficient evidence about the adequacy and effectiveness of AAG's controls with respect to these risks.

Executes the audit approach using appropriate methodology.

Reports on the results of the project to stakeholders.

Reviews SEC and other financial reports and providing meaningful feedback to the AAG Disclosure Committee to ensure quarterly filings reflect appropriate information known to the IA group.

Performs investigations support as requested by the Chief Compliance Officer, and partnering with other internal risk advisory groups (Data Privacy, etc.) to support their missions.

Supports IA's SOX compliance program efforts by interfacing with the SOX testing team and, in conjunction with the MD, Audit Programs, ensuring there is an appropriate blend of resources devoted to both traditional audit projects and the SOX program.

Develops and nurtures a strong IA team and builds collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders within management, external auditors, and industry experts while maintaining appropriate independence and objectivity.

Seeks a solid return for AAG's investment in Internal Audit activities, either through improved assurance with respect to the quality and effectiveness of internal controls or through recommendations that enhance our effectiveness or efficiency.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills Required A minimum of 7 years as an internal or external auditor.

A minimum of 2 years leading a team.

A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in accounting, auditing or related discipline.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with Big 4 or large regional firm experience.

Strong ability to understand complex business processes, including the way systems, work flows, organizational structure, support these processes.

Ability to quickly scope an area, develop an accurate understanding of risks, and develop audit plans responsive to those risks.

Proven track record leading cohesive, results-oriented teams.

Participatory and team-oriented leadership style, while still able to effect change.

Effective at coaching and developing staff.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, particularly senior leadership.

High school diploma or equivalent.

Minimum age of 18.

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.

Demonstrated ability to influence and drive change cross-divisionally for mutually beneficial strategic and operational impact.

High energy, positive, and executive-level presence, along with top-notch written and verbal communication, public speaking, influencing, and motivational skills.


The location for this position is in Seattle, Washington


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. Our values reflect who we are at work and in our communities: Own Safety, Do the Right Thing, Be Kind-Hearted, Deliver Performance, and Be Remarkable. Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Please apply on or before: 2/18/18

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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants are also protected by law.

Alaska Airlines y Horizon Air no toleran discriminacion o acoso en base a raza, color, credo, religion, origen nacional, estatus migratorio de residencia o ciudadania, edad, sexo, orientacion sexual, identidad de genero o expresion, estado civil, discapacidad, estado veterano protegido, informacion genetica o cualquier otra base protegida por la legislacion aplicable. Empleados o aspirantes que indaguen, discutan o revelen su compensacion o la remuneracion de otros empleados o aspirantes tambien estan protegidos por ley.


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