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Premera Blue Cross Project Manager III in Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Join Our Team: Do Meaningful Work and Improve People’s Lives

Our purpose, to improve customers’ lives by making healthcare work better, is far from ordinary. And so are our employees. Working at Premera means you have the opportunity to drive real change by transforming healthcare.

To better serve our customers, we’re creating a culture that promotes employee growth, collaborative innovation, and inspired leadership. We are committed to creating an environment where employees can do their best work and where best-in-class talent comes, stays, and thrives!

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

On September 9 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring the vaccination of employees at federal contractors. Premera Blue Cross, as a health plan within the federal employee benefits program, is designated as a federal contractor. Premera has implemented a new requirement for all employees, including telecommuters, to either show proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious accommodation (based on a disability/medical condition or sincerely held religious belief). From the onset of the pandemic, Premera has remained committed to the health and well-being of our employees, customers and communities.

As a new employee you will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated within your first five days of employment or request an accommodation prior to your start date.

As a Project Manager III , you will provide IT project management services for business unit and/or company-wide initiatives with accountability for medium to large-scale matrixed projects. Project durations will vary but generally could last 1-18 months. You’ll be responsible for detailed planning through implementation, applying standard project management methodologies to manage scope, budget, and timing. You may have the opportunity to participate in visioning process developing budget and scope as assigned. This role serves as IT lead on large-scale projects, may oversee the work of project support associates, and provides mentoring support and team leadership of the project team.

What you’ll do:

  • Develops and manages moderately complex project plans and budgets/financial data and resource needs

  • Manages conflicting priorities with other projects and matrixed team members to ensure project success

  • Prioritizes and influences team members, senior leaders and projects sponsor(s) to successfully execute on plan. Interfaces regularly with leadership up to the VP level

  • With leadership guidance, evaluates and solves difficult problems that impact the overall success of the assigned project(s)

  • Synthesizes disparate observations and data to create conclusions and make recommendations for project sponsor and/or leadership

  • Develops and communicates expectations and success measures with team and partners

  • Monitors process, progress and results against success measures

  • Communicates both orally and in written forms (formal and informal), with project team and partners

  • May supervise lower-level project support associates

  • Special projects and other duties as assigned

  • Operate in a highly technical environment

  • Must have the ability to quickly and effectively execute

  • Consults with clients and teammates to identify all facets of an issue and generate a solution. Understands potential impacts to processes and systems across organization and factors these into solutions. Excellent conceptualization, analytical and logic skills

What you’ll bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years work experience (required)

  • External candidates must have 5 years project management experience (required)

  • Will consider internal candidates who have successfully demonstrated PM skills (proficient practitioner) if less than 5 years of experience (required)

  • Healthcare industry knowledge is helpful

  • Versed in multiple project management methods (e.g. Agile, Lean)

  • Great communication and strong leadership

  • Ability to critically reason through problems

  • Ability to communicate at all levels within an organization

  • Ability to be agile and successfully adapt and maneuver within complex organizations



What we offer

  • Medical, vision and dental coverage

  • Life and disability insurance

  • Retirement programs (401K employer match and pension plan)

  • Wellness incentives, onsite services, a discount program and more

  • Tuition assistance for undergraduate and graduate degrees

  • Generous Paid Time Off to reenergize

  • Free parking

Equal employment opportunity/affirmative action:

Premera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Premera seeks to attract and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

If you need an accommodation to apply online for positions at Premera, please contact Premera Human Resources via email at or via phone at 425-918-4785.

At Premera, we make healthcare work better. By focusing on improving our customers’ experience purposefully and serving their needs passionately, we make the process easier, less costly, and more positive. Through empathy and advocacy, we change lives.

As the leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, we provide comprehensive health benefits and services to more than 2 million customers, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Our services include innovative programs focused on health management, wellness, prevention, and patient safety. We deliver these programs through health, life, vision, dental, disability, and other related products and services.

Premera Blue Cross is headquartered in Mountlake Terrace, WA, with operations in Spokane and Anchorage. The company has operated in Washington since 1933 and in Alaska since 1952. With more than 80 years of experience in the region, we deliver innovation, choice, and expertise.