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Alaska Airlines Sourcing Specialist in Seattle, Washington

WHAT WE'RE ABOUT

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.

POSITION INFORMATION

Role Summary

The Sourcing Specialist develops sourcing strategies and facilitates the sourcing process for assigned commodities and projects, including assisting in project assessment, evaluating supplier capabilities, and negotiating contracts to achieve financial and quality objectives. As an individual contributor, this role develops benchmarking strategies to validate existing supply chain practices and to drive market development and adoption of best practices.

Scope & Complexity

This position supports sourcing activities for Alaska Airlines (AS).

Key Duties

  • Develops sourcing strategies and facilitates the sourcing process for assigned commodities and projects, including assisting in project assessment, evaluating supplier capabilities, and negotiating contracts to achieve financial and quality objectives.

  • Develops benchmarking strategies to validate existing supply chain practices and to drive market development and adoption of best practices.

  • Manages the overall analytical requirements for initiatives through the development of technology skills, as well as the use of new technologies and additional resources.

  • Analyzes data and develops reports using available reporting tools for both end-users and management.

  • Analyzes AS spend and identifies areas of opportunity for cost savings.

  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships and communications with customers and suppliers.

  • Assists in developing, implementing, and managing contracts, and develops metrics to ensure compliance to agreements, contracts, and other operational partnering efforts.

  • Interfaces with all levels within AS and supplier organizations.

  • Works closely with Buyers and the Sourcing team to identify sourcing opportunities.

  • Manages the entire life cycle for commodities, including source selection, vendor oversight, and asset acquisition and disposition.

  • Ensures suppliers meet or exceeds quality, cost, and performance objectives.

  • Builds cross-divisional consensus that balances operational objectives with financial responsibility.

  • Continuously seeks ways to improve processes, increase productivity, and reduce waste.

  • Trains and mentors Buyers.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Skills, Experience and Education

Required

  • A minimum of 2 years of buying, sourcing, or related procurement experience.

  • A Bachelor degree with a focus in Supply Chain, Business Management, or related area.

  • An equivalent combination of training, experience, and education will be considered in lieu of required experience and/or degree.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.)

  • Ability to formulate and deliver convincing presentations to a range of organizational counterparts.

  • Highly self-motivated, with the ability to work and to drive change in a decentralized organization.

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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

Preferred

  • Professional certification from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

  • Experience with vendor oversight, including performance management and continuous improvement.

  • Contracting and negotiation experience.

  • Track record of sustaining strong customer and supplier relationships.

  • Analytical competence (e.g., cost/benefit analyses).

  • Strong team-building and project management skills.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

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 33535

Location Seattle, WA

FLSA Status Exempt

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular

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