Alaska Airlines Principal Solutions Architect in Seattle, Washington


Director, Data Insights


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 Data Services Team owns the design, build, maintenance, quality, and expansion of the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW). The EDW houses key data that is used across the organization for critical decision making and to run the Business. While the current EDW is on Oracle Exadata, we are working in parallel to create real-time, data streaming capabilities in the cloud. We are looking for a Principal Cloud Developer who can do ETL development in Oracle, and who can help to model, shape, and lead us in the Cloud space through sound development practices and experience.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in implementing data ingestion and transformation pipelines for large scale organizations, in the cloud. We are seeking someone with deep technical skills in a variety of big data technologies to play an important role in developing and delivering an enterprise digital platform that will serve as the operational and analytical platform for Alaska Airlines.

Scope & Complexity This senior individual contributor role designs strategically important, complex systems for the Enterprise Data Warehouse and Data Services Team for Alaska Airlines.

Key Duties

  • Implements solutions to capture and store event driven data and process as needed

  • Delivers and presents demonstrations of key technology components to project stakeholders

  • Integrates with other components of the data ingestion pipeline to ensure the data is cataloged and search indexes are well maintained and always up to date

  • Implements and delivers additional project components (API interfaces) for accessibility

  • Evaluates the performance and applicability of multiple tools against customer requirements

  • Matures the Operational and Analytical Cloud Platform and usage capabilities through thought-leadership in the areas of cloud design, modeling, solution architecture

  • Implements secure cloud data solutions which align to privacy and security controls

  • Applies architectural sense for connecting data sources, data visualization, structured and unstructured data, etc.

  • Provides technical leadership to serve as point of escalation, review, and approval for key issues, significant projects, and decisions

  • Drives decisions collaboratively, and ensuring follow through with excellent verbal and written communication

  • Works with stakeholders, and translate requirements to design and build solutions that will meet Business needs and integrate seamlessly with the EDW

  • Researches and analyze current systems, subsystems and interfaces to understand the current or new process flow

  • Documents work via Functional and Tech Specs

  • Prepares and participates in design and code reviews

  • Facilitates best practice guidelines around all stages of development

  • Analyzes processes for gaps and weaknesses, building future state models and creating the roadmaps and migration plans to get there

Job-Specific Skills Required:

  • 10+ years of Enterprise Data Warehousing experience, including general solutions architecture

  • Deep technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: Database architecture, Big Data, Machine Learning, Business Intelligence, No-SQL Databases, Advanced Analytics, Data Mining, ETL

  • Strong SQL reading and writing skills

  • Experience on cloud platforms like Azure or AWS

  • Experience with Oracle Platform

  • Hands-on experience: administration, configuration management, monitoring, debugging, and performance turning big data applications

  • A minimum of 2 years of team lead experience

  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, with a focus in computer science, systems analysis, or a related area, or equivalent experience

  • Minimum age of 18

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


  • 2+ years airline/travel industry experience

  • Experience with Agile Methodology

  • Experience with CI/CD

  • Prior working experience on implementing solutions utilizing AZURE service fabric

  • Working knowledge of event driven technologies (Tibco, Kafka, Azure Service Bus, Event Grid/Hub)

  • Prior working on using data processing technologies such as Apache Spark (Spark ML, Spark Streaming) or Azure stream analytics

  • Experience with data concepts (SQL, NoSQL, Normalization) and working with complex data structures

  • Business and/or technical background in the areas of Data Integration (ETL), Data Security, and Enterprise Data Warehouse development

  • Experience in Change Management, Release Management, and Source Code control practices

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

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.


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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.

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Job ID: 32340

Location: Seattle, WA

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular