Position Available:  Manager, Safety Investigations in Seattle Washington 


Manager, Safety Investigations in Seattle Washington United States


Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 25506

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Title: Manager, Safety Investigations



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 and Mexico. Our roots date to 1932 and are symbolized by the Eskimo 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 is the dominant West Coast airline and, together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, flies to more than 90 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $4 billion. .








  • Lead all phases of company safety investigations involving high risk, high profile, and/or cross-divisional events in accordance with the company SMS

  • Collaborate with key operating division management to support division investigations, as necessary

  • Provide strong coordination and collaboration with operating division and safety division subject matter experts throughout investigations

  • Work collaboratively with corporate investigations department and operating division stakeholders to develop and maintain AAG safety investigation standards

  • Perform root cause analysis in response to operational events and hazards

  • Oversee active risk mitigation plans in response to investigation findings

  • Produce comprehensive and timely investigation reports and brief key leadership on findings

  • Conduct witness and subject matter expert interviews to establish basis criteria for investigation findings and contributing factors

  • Educate, inform, and train key subject matter expert employees in the company investigation standard process

  • Manage and maintain the company safety database with investigation findings and mitigation plans

  • Actively track open mitigation plans in response to investigation findings

  • Support the Director Safety Assurance and Managing Director, Safety Programs with other duties, to include SMS, facilitating Safety Risk Management (SRM) reviews, managing external audit (IOSA, DOD, etc.) preparation activities, and performing safety risk analysis of trends and patterns

  • Display strong communication skills and ensure discretion with all investigations

  • Perform special analyses and reviews upon request, including system implementations and/or safety, compliance, and whistleblower investigations

  • Weekly travel between key operating offices in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Less frequent travel throughout the Alaska route system.


  • Four-year bachelor's degree required

  • Minimum of five years related experience required - Investigations, Operational Process Auditing, Aviation Safety experience a plus

  • Minimum of three years airline industry experience required

  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and an outstanding ability to communicate while exercising discretion with sensitive information

  • Proven ability to quickly understand complex operational processes, effectively scope investigations, and effectively lead high energy cross-division investigation teams

  • Safety Program Management/Safety Management System Experience desirable

  • Investigator and/or root cause analysis certification/training desirable

  • FAA Certificated Airman Desirable - Commercial/ATP, Airframe/Mechanic, Dispatcher, etc.

  • High school diploma or equivalent required

  • Minimum age of 18 required

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




The location for this position is in Seattle, Washington or Portland, Oregon




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. Each day, we are guided by our core values of Professionalism, Caring, Resourcefulness, Integrity and Alaska Spirit at work and in our communities. Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. .




Please apply on or before: May 7, 2015

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