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Alaska Airlines Principal Compensation Consultant in Seattle, Washington


We're creating an airline people love. It begins with each Alaska Airlines employee, bringing unique strengths and energy to our work in the air and on the ground. Every day, we go beyond what's expected and reach for the remarkable, together.


Role Summary

The Principal Compensation Consultant role brings together extensive compensation subject matter expertise and understanding of the business to provide guidance and recommendations to HR business partners, recruiters, hiring managers and other stakeholders. This is a highly collaborative role, reliant on building successful relationships with HR business partners, recruiters, and other members of the People Team. This role will have primary focus on incentive plan analysis & communication, international compensation and will lead complex compensation related projects and initiatives.

Scope & Complexity

This advanced level individual contributor leads the development of compensation policies and practices with primary responsibility for complex compensation analyses, incentive plan analysis and international compensation programs. The scope of this role includes US and international broad-based compensation programs, cash compensation and incentive plans, in support of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The role may also provide support related to executive compensation, proxy reporting, equity and long-term incentive plans.

Key Duties

  • Acts as a compensation subject matter expert with a primary focus on incentive plan analysis & communication, international compensation and will lead complex compensation related projects and initiatives.

  • Develop the strategy and approach for large, complex projects or initiatives by exercising independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

  • Responsible for researching & recommending fair, competitive, and performance driven incentive compensation plans and developing companywide communication plans to infuse the value of the plans into the culture of our company.

  • Lead the efforts in the design and delivery of the international compensation programs, policies, and processes to ensure overall competitiveness and alignment with business objectives.

  • Develop processes to support organizational change and development by partnering with line of business managers and HRBPs to create and apply consistent, transparent job structures and families.

  • Responsible for the analysis, evaluation, and classification of new and existing positions, utilizing external/internal market data to help make appropriate recommendations as required.

  • Work closely with HR business partners to provide guidance on all compensation matters with an understanding of how they impact other rewards, HR programs or policies.

  • Develops communication materials and supporting analysis for presentations to the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors and senior executives.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • Minimum of 7 years of general compensation experience; with some experience in incentive plan design and international compensation

  • Bachelor's Degree or 2 additional years of training or work experience in an analytical position (i.e. HR compensation professional, financial analyst, etc.).

  • Demonstrated ability to work with highly sensitive and confidential information

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Team-player who can work in a collaborative environment, cross-functionally, and globally.

  • Outstanding critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to plan, organize and effectively manage multiple assignment with a proven ability for flexibility.

  • Advanced Excel skills (including formulas, v-lookups, pivot tables) and proficiency with Word and Power Point applications.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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


Submit your application by 05/17/2019 11:59pm (Pacific Time). We'll be happy to see it.


Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines participate in E-Verify, a service of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), where required.

Job ID 34698

Location Seattle, WA

FLSA Status Exempt

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular