UnitedHealth Group Principal Data Analyst - Boston, MA in Boston, Massachusetts

At Optum, we create hundreds of custom applications and manage thousands of hardware components. Together, we deliver smarter, faster and simpler solutions for a modern, innovative health system. We are also the career home to Life Sciences Data Scientists who bring compassion and passion, energy and focus to their work every day. If you strive to help people live healthier lives by building your career with a leader in health care, this is the career for you! Come share your expertise and your passion and do your life's best work.(sm)

As part of the Life Sciences Data and Tools group, you will lead a team of data scientists to develop methodologies, data constructs, and statistical solutions for an emerging suite of Real World Evidence tools. Electronic Health Record (EHR) data, medical and pharmacy claims data, and other data assets will be utilized in combination to provide cutting-edge insights via the tools platform. This role comes with significant career growth opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Function as a project-owning individual contributor with the experience to lead a team of junior to senior data scientists if necessary

  • Conduct methodology design sessions with team members; assign project work to team members; monitor, assess, and present such work; run an efficient development process

  • Use SQL (primarily), and SAS, R or other data programming languages to extract and perform analytical programming on clinical and claims healthcare data from large, complex relational databases

  • Create novel approaches to building / processing data sets

  • Perform exploratory analyses on data from new sources in order to clarify the structure and usable content of the data, determine its longitudinal viability, determine how it can be used to support existing tools products, and understand how it can provide therapeutic class-specific insights

  • Research idiosyncrasies / anomalies found during analyses to determine what data to exclude or what work-arounds may be required

  • Perform code review and related quality control

  • Collaborate with other teams

  • Work with visual analytics software (e.g. MicroStrategy, Tableau, Tibco-Spotfire)

Required Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience in an analytical programming role

  • 5+ years of experience working with healthcare data, including in-depth understanding of healthcare industry terminology and coding, medication data, and patient-level longitudinal analyses

  • 3+ years using SQL in an analytical programming context (not just simple extracts)

  • 3+ years working in a complex relational database environment

  • 1+ years of experience working with visual analytics tools, and in particular, understanding how to construct data sets in order for tools to bring out the value within the data

  • Team lead / management experience

  • Available location is Boston, MA and must be willing to work in the office

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

  • Experience working with machine learning teams, in particular, data preparation for machine learning

  • In-depth knowledge of therapeutic markets (e.g., diabetes, coronary artery disease, MS, oncology)

  • In-depth understanding of healthcare industry terminology and coding (ICD9 / ICD10, NDC11, HCPCS, CPT, LOINC, etc.)

  • In-depth understanding of medication data (written and/or filled Rxs) characteristics (e.g. days supply, strength, quantity dispensed, NDC11, dosage, etc.),

  • In-depth understanding of medication-based patient-level longitudinal analyses (e.g., source of business, compliance, adherence, line of therapy, etc.)

  • Experience with JIRA or similar task/project tracking tools

  • R, SAS, Python (or other non-SQL data programming languages)

  • Tibco Spotfire, Tableau, MicroStrategy (or other visual analytics software)

  • Experience working with clinical healthcare data (labs, observations, procedures, diagnoses, etc.)

  • Experience/in-depth knowledge about drug formulary, healthcare payers/plans, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care 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)

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.