Premera Blue Cross Reporting Accountant I 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!

As a Reporting Accountant I for our Accounting & Reporting team , you will play a key role in ensuring the preparation of accurate and timely financial statements in accordance with GAAP, Statements of Statutory Accounting Principles (SSAP), and internal reporting requirements for the Premera group of companies. You will report to the Manager of Accounting and Reporting and provide technical expertise for multi-company reporting functions for Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiaries, a $2 billion group of companies. You will be able to work a flexible schedule while maintaining work-life balance. Your team cares about the work and they work very well together. Your work may impact strategic financial decisions. You will have exposure to executives and provide guidance to the business. You’ll draw on your highly specialized accounting knowledge, strong analytical capabilities to solve complex problems, and advanced technology skills to manage data and continuously improve accuracy and the reporting process, as well as workload capacity and process efficiency.

What you’ll do

  • Prepare the consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP, as well as:

  • Financials for board reporting and for executive management

  • Quarterly and annual statutory filings in accordance with SSAP and individual state insurance departments' regulations

  • Process month-end close including journal entries, reconciliations, and variance analyses

  • Research and recommend solutions for GAAP and statutory accounting transactions and reporting requirements

  • Support the annual GAAP and statutory audits

  • Partner with management and associates in other functional areas to assist with accounting related analysis and policy development

  • Seek opportunities for process improvement to gain efficiencies and take lead role to implement

  • Anticipate the impact of the changing business environment on assigned work areas and adjust work assignments and processes as necessary

What you’ll bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance

  • Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Three (3) years of public accounting experience - OR -

  • Two (2) years of public accounting experience along with certification as a CPA

  • Big Four experience

  • Experience with investment accounting, insurance regulatory reporting, and/or accounting software (PeopleSoft or similar) is preferred, but not required

  • Solid knowledge of GAAP and internal controls

  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and customer service skills

  • Solid analytical and research skills with attention to detail

  • Strong organization skills to prioritize and meet deadlines

  • Collaborative problem-solving skills including recommendation and implementation of improvements

  • Proficiency with data management and research tools, Excel and Word

  • Strong understanding of fundamental accounting controls and financial reporting procedures with the ability to apply these skills

  • Proven leadership ability


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.