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Premera Blue Cross Pharmacist Resident 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!

The Pharmacist Resident participates in planned clinical and administrative functions and learning experiences with program emphasis on developing proficiency in clinical skills, leadership, management, managed care pharmacy practice, quality improvement, and teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge. The Resident will develop competencies, skills, and ability to apply drug therapy knowledge, becoming a managed care pharmacist clinician with diverse patient care, leadership and education skills who is eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. During the year, the Pharmacist Resident will achieve professional competence in the delivery of patient care and managed care pharmacy practice.

The Pharmacist Resident, with oversight of a pharmacist preceptor, develops, implements, and communicates to internal and external stakeholders, and manages or assists in managing pharmacy initiatives, programs and services that ensure clinically appropriate and cost effective use of medication that aligns with and supports Premera's clinical and financial goals. The individual will develop the skills necessary to work effectively across the company with multiple stakeholders, including Medical Services, Care Management, Health Care Economics, Actuary, Quality, Product Services, and Collaborative Healthcare Solutions departments.

What you'll do:

The Pharmacist Resident may be assigned responsibility in any of the following, under the guidance of the Resident Advisory Committee:

  • Contribute to the strategic direction of Premera's Pharmacy Program; make recommendations, and execute on corporate-wide Pharmacy initiatives.

  • Collaborate in developing, implementing, and managing clinical drug utilization strategies and provide Pharmacy business support to key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Manage and lead projects in all areas, including utilization management/prior authorization, medical policy, pharmacy operations, formulary management, specialty pharmacy program and pharmacy business management.

  • Provide , clinical drug information support , drug utilization management, including prior authorization review, formulary management, and business support to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Produce and analyze pharmacy cost trends, clinical and managed care presentations, and Pharmacy communication materials for designated market geographies.

  • Support Pharmacy benefit design development in collaboration with Product Services, Actuary, and the Pharmacy Benefit Manager partner.

  • Support medical management and clinical initiatives of Premera companies.

  • Perform drug/medication therapy management to support the management of drug utilization on the medical benefit, including case and disease management.

  • Assist the Provider and Customer Engagement in: providing consultative services to large and mid-size employer groups, educating account managers, producers and clients about pharmacy programs and benefits, assisting in developing and maintaining provider and member communication materials that support clinical pharmacy programs.

  • Support and serve as a preceptor for pharmacy students, introducing them to formulary, drug information, utilization management and care management activities.

  • Complete twelve (12) months of training program to meet the competency areas, goals and educational objectives for PGY1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residencies1 established by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) consisting of the following rotations approved by the Resident Advisory Committee: A major project (longitudinal rotation), other longitudinal rotations, monthly rotations in key operational areas (total of 7), two patient care rotations at a provider partner site, one month rotation at the AMCP Foundation headquarters in Virginia or two elective rotations approved by the Resident Advisory Committee.

What you'll bring

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an accredited college of pharmacy, or PharmD candidate eligible for graduation prior to the beginning of the residency year.

  • Eligible for licensure as a Pharmacist in Washington State. Licensure must be obtained prior to September 30th of the residency year.

  • Selection and assignment to Premera through the ASHP Resident Matching Program, or selection by the Resident Advisory Committee if a position is open after the last round of matching by ASHP

  • U. S. citizenship, or Green Card valid through the end date of the Program.

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.