Actuarial Analyst, Lead (Hybrid)

Blue Shield of California

Your Role

The Actuary Analyst, Lead position is for the Corporate Actuarial team. The Actuarial Analyst, Lead will report to the Manager of the Corporate Actuarial Reserving team. Responsibilities include running and maintaining Incurred but Not Reported (IBNR) reserve models and reports as well as supporting development of a comprehensive story around how emerging operational and cost of healthcare trends impact reserve levels.

This position will collaborate with partners in Accounting, Operations, IT, and other areas to support timely and accurate reserve development. To have success in this role, the candidate will need to work collaboratively with other members of the team to address changing business needs. Due to critical timelines surrounding the monthly close, successful candidates will benefit from strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities.

Your Work

In this role, you will:

  • Understand the core principles and functionality of decision, descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytic methods including forecasting, statistical and machine learning techniques
  • Conduct and develop analysis, assess risk and population risk scores and assignment, develop pricing and trends, assess changes in benefit designs, develop reserves, perform forecasting, analyze provider reimbursement terms and/or evaluates actuarial risk related analysis
  • Coordinate, prepare, perform, and audit actuarial analyses to assist in the development of complex actuarial formulations leading to the recommendation of pricing, trending, reserving, provider reimbursement and/or risk assessment strategies
  • Perform data exploration using a combination of statistical programming languages (including, but not limited R, Python, SQL, SAS) and deploy predictive analytics and machine learning techniques to improve risk prediction, improve reserve, trend and financial forecasting in a manner that is actuarially sound, and enable real-time results and operational efficiencies
  • Direct, coordinate, and/or develop evaluation and financial reporting standards for internal and external reports
  • Has knowledge of the requisite analytic tools and techniques and can apply them to new situations under direction of supervisor
  • Maintains documentation or actuarial analysis and models as well as provides consultation and clarification on actuarial models and other Actuarial work products

Your Knowledge and Experience

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree with at least a minor in mathematics, statistics, computer science or equivalent business experience
  • Requires at least 6 years of professional actuarial experience
  • May have an FSA designation or has completed the majority of the courses to complete the FSA designation
  • Possesses high proficiency in applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc
  • Can program in SQL, SAS and/or Tableau, and experience with common data science toolkits such as R and Python
  • Prior experience with health and/or life reserve setting preferred

Pay Range:

The pay range for this role is: $ 118800.00 to $ 178200.00 for California.


Please note that this range represents the pay range for this and many other positions at Blue Shield that fall into this pay grade. Blue Shield salaries are based on a variety of factors, including the candidate’s experience, location (California, Bay area, or outside California), and current employee salaries for similar roles.

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Physical Requirements:

Office Environment – roles involving part to full time schedule in Office Environment. Due to the current public health emergency in California, Blue Shield employees are almost all working remotely. Based in our physical offices and work from home office/deskwork – Activity level: Sedentary, frequency most of work day.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest records and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, State and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability status and any other classification protected by Federal, State and local laws.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

From the earliest days of the pandemic, Blue Shield of California has been unyielding in our commitment to putting the health and safety of our people, our members and our communities first. As a health care company, Blue Shield requires all employees to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccination prior to start date as a condition of employment. Blue Shield will consider requests for medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement prior to your start date.

The definition of “up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine” is when you have received all doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible. If you are unable to be up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine by your start date, your start date will need to be postponed and you will have 30 days to remedy. If you cannot fulfill the requirement nor obtain an accommodation within 30 days, your offer will be rescinded.

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