Principal Data Scientist

Job description

Optum, the fast-growing part of UnitedHealth Group, is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business. Our teams are dedicated to modernising the health care system and improving the lives of people and communities.

Serving virtually every dimension of the health system, we work with a diverse set of clients across 150 countries – from those who diagnose and treat patients to those who pay for care, deliver health services, and those who supply the cures. Optum maintains operations across North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Our innovative partnerships provide technology and tools that enable unprecedented collaboration and efficiency. As a result, we can tap into valuable health care data to uncover insights and develop strategies for better care at lower costs.

About The Role

The Associate Director (Principal Data Scientist) will partner with Employer and Individual (E&I) Out-of-Network (OON) Analytic team(s) and Business units to build scalable solutions to business problems. The role requires strong collaboration with internal partners to set the analytics direction and to deliver on identified opportunities. The successful candidate will contribute to creating and maintaining clear, strategic vision and a plan for bringing actionable, innovative analytic solutions to fruition.

Careers with Optum offer flexible work arrangements and individuals who live and work in the Republic of Ireland will have the opportunity to split their monthly work hours between our Dublin office and telecommuting from a home-based office.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Contribute to directing and implementing analytic activities to drive decision-making for UnitedHealthcare E&I OON
  • Build scalable data, analytics, and reporting solutions to support core business functions and strategies
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across horizontals and verticals to understand their analytic needs, propose & deliver business solutions and drive change
  • Anticipate customer needs, proactively develop & deliver solutions to meet them, and forecast/predict the impact to the business
  • Implement process improvement initiatives and automation for efficiency where appropriate
  • Research, interpret, and analyse diverse and complex data and communicate findings to influence the business direction
  • Utilise a broad range of analytic approaches including predictive analytics, issue detection, trend analysis, and data visualisation to best address the business priorities
Required Qualifications
  • Degree Qualified (BA, BS) in relevant field (analytics, mathematics, economics, business, statistics, engineering, or finance) or equivalent experience
  • Career experience as data science practitioner, ideally with large, diverse, complex data sets
  • Seasoned proficiency in analytic modelling using at least one scripting language such as R or Python
  • Proven SQL and other data manipulation skills across structured and unstructured sources/repositories such as databases, CSV’s, API’s, text, Excel, etc.
  • Basic proficiency in data visualisation, leveraging tools like Excel, Tableau, PowerBI
  • Proven ability to gain subject matter expertise through individual research and self-guided analyses
  • Familiarity (practical or theoretical) with cloud-based and distributed computing platforms/systems
  • Demonstrated effective project ownership, management, drive and delivery
  • Stakeholder management and partnership building experience
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely in writing and orally to individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds and skill sets
  • Strong business acumen and ability to strategically consult with business partners
Preferred Qualifications
  • Expert proficiency in SQL and at least one scripting language such as R or Python.
  • Working experience or knowledge with cloud-based data analytics (e.g. Databricks, Snowflake)
  • Master’s and/or PhD in Finance, Analytics, Economics, Mathematics, Econometrics, or other relevant field of study
  • Experience in healthcare data analytics, either from a pharmaceutical, medical, or consulting background
Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organisation around one giant objective; make the health system work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

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All telecommuters will be required to adhere to the UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalised groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes — an enterprise priority reflected in our mission.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: Optum is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, race, and membership of the Traveller community, or any other characteristic protected by law. Optum is a drug-free workplace. © 2023 Optum Services (Ireland) Limited. All rights reserved.

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