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Principal Application Developer – Real-time Claims Platform

California Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California’s mission is to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality health care at a sustainably affordable price. We are transforming health care in a way that truly serves our nonprofit mission by lowering costs, improving quality, and enhancing the member and physician experience.


To fulfill our mission, we must ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where all employees can be their authentic selves and fully contribute to meet the needs of the multifaceted communities we serve. Our comprehensive approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion combines a focus on our people, processes, and systems with a deep commitment to promoting social justice and health equity through our products, business practices, and presence as a corporate citizen.


Blue Shield has received awards and recognition for being a certified Great Place to Work, best place to work for LGBTQ equality, leading disability employer, one of the best companies for women to advance, Bay Area’s top companies in volunteering & giving, and one of the world’s most ethical companies. Here at Blue Shield of California, we are striving to make a positive change across our industry and the communities we live in – join us!


Your Role

Blue Shield of California is looking for a principal-level Application Developer to join our IT Application Services team. The candidate will be the subject matter expert for the Operations portfolio responsible for the definition & ownership of our real-time streaming claim event processing services & cloud integration platform.  This individual will lead technical training, define & enforce standards, and serve as the expert developer & lead consultant responsible for assuring real-time solutions built within the portfolio are highly secure, performant, and robust.  This includes effective communication & influence of IT, business, and vendor partners to provide solutions that optimizing for cost, quality, security, and fit for purpose.


Your Work

Will be expected to be a technical champion and advocate for the optimization of real-time & cloud-based Operations Portfolio solutions needed to support Blue Shield’s growth and financial goals
Will serve as IT representative in cross-organizational initiatives that serve to drive scale (growth), cost optimization, quality, and end-user experience
Serve as technical owner for major initiatives impacting the Operations portfolio – establishing trusted relationship with business partners, internal IT organization, other IT portfolio leaders, and key suppliers’ technical teams
Lead solution design and development activities on concurrent complex projects with product, solution, and cross portfolio teams
Provide technical leadership in establishing a competency center that educates other IT professionals on service & cloud-based design & development practices
Effectively communicate approach, value, risk, alternatives, and status of goal progress with executive & senior management, business sponsors, and product managers
Experienced with relevant software development tools, industry protocols, troubleshooting & support procedures, monitoring & quality controls, and communication/documentation software
Self-directed, works with limited management direction and exercise considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment
Applies significant knowledge of IT and healthcare industry trends
Your Knowledge and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of IT solution delivery experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Very strong technical acumen & deep working knowledge of Agile Methods, Service Architecture, and enterprise Cloud Integration
Primary Expertise:  Java, Spring Framework, Apache Camel, Kafka, REST, API, IBM API Connect, Gateway Script, IBM Data Power, OAUTH, Open-ID, FHIR, Cloud integration (Google, Azure), Docker, Kubernetes, Containers, Microservices
Valuable Experience:  Git (Bitbucket), Jira, Jenkins, Tableau, Splunk, Business Objects, Service Market Place, Python, Facets (Claims), Tidal, Informatica, Oracle, SQL, Unix, other scripting
Demonstrated ability to formulate strategies, communicate and build alignment on concepts from ideation to execution
Strong ability to influence, collaborate, and build relationships with key stakeholders, vendors, and cross-functional teams
Ability to assess potential opportunities, risks, and issues, and make recommendations to resolve or course-correct as necessary
Ability to effectively manage meetings and work regularly with a variety of stakeholders
Effective verbal and written communication skills including the ability to create, translate, and execute technical deliverables
Proven experience educating & influencing others and collaborating across all functions and levels in a highly matrixed organization
Healthcare experience in claims processing & payments is preferred (Facets, FHIR)
Experience working with external vendors & distributed on/offshore teams

Our Values:

Honest:  We hold ourselves to the highest ethical and integrity standards. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical and integrity standards. We build trust by doing what we say we’re going to do and by acknowledging and correcting where we fall short
Human. We strive to be our authentic selves, listening and communicating effectively, and showing empathy towards others by walking in their shoes

Courageous. We stand up for what we believe in and are committed to the hard work necessary to achieve our ambitious goals

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