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We have modest goals: Improve the lives of others. Change the landscape of health care forever. Leave the world a better place than we found it. Such aspirations tend to attract a certain type of person. Crazy talented. Compassionate. Driven. To these individuals, we offer the global reach, resources and can-do culture of a Fortune 5 company. We provide an environment where you’re empowered to be your best. We encourage you to take risks and in return, offer a world of rewards and benefits for performance. Exceeding your limits is an exceptional start to your life's best work.SM


Just like you, we are driven by a set of fundamental principles that are guiding our way forward. Our values of integrity, compassion, relationships, innovation, and performance serve as a foundation to transform health care. Are you in? Learn more about your future at UnitedHealth Group at careers.unitedhealthgroup.com


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Full Time

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Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Acceleration - Boston, MA or New York, NY

UHG - New York, New York

Posted: 11/17/2018

If you want to achieve more in your mission of health care, you have to be really smart about the business of health care. Challenge yourself, your peers and our industry by shaping what health care looks like and doing your life's best work.(sm)   


The Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Acceleration is a seasoned business strategist and advisor with responsibility for partnering with business unit executives to provide thought leadership, strategic direction, market analysis, partnership sourcing and support to guide growth and operational excellence. This person must convince leaders and operators of his / her value, earn their trust and time, and work collaboratively to build actionable strategies.

The Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Acceleration will work with executive and product leadership to frame the market, identify market opportunities, build analytics-based strategic plans, develop wide-ranging partnership processes and drive actionable decisions. In order to do this, the Director, Strategy will have a strong understanding of competitive dynamics, customer needs, regulatory impacts, market trajectory, and Optum capabilities. In addition, the Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Acceleration will “tell the story” throughout the organization to gain support for the strategy and fuel execution planning. The Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Acceleration will also lead external discussions, lead analysis, make connections across the Optum and UHG and support broader corporate development activity.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead and support cross-Optum initiatives spanning growth strategy, operational excellence and client / external party partnerships by directly scoping, initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing strategy projects
  • Lead large, complex projects to achieve key business objectives; working across Optum, UnitedHealth Group and external parties as needed
  • Deliver data-driven insights to support actionable strategic direction, corporate prioritization, corporate development and strategy communication (Executive management, Board, investors, company)
  • Analyze industry trends, customer needs, competitive threats, expansion opportunities and internal performance
  • Solve unique and complex problems requiring integrated solutions with broad impact on the business
  • Identify external strategic partnership opportunities (or collaborate with business leads who have identified) and lead external partner discussions, working towards development of partnership deal that enhances Optum’s overall value proposition
  • Lead in a team environment both within the Corporate Strategy & Business Acceleration team and with business unit partners / customers
  • Influence Senior Leadership at Optum and UHG to adopt new ideas, products and/or approaches and gain commitment on cross-company initiatives
  • Nurture and develop strong relationships with Optum business unit leaders
  • Support the corporate planning process and ad hoc projects for executives, corporate requests, and special events
  • Develop Strategy team members, and enhance their skills and capabilities through project work and one-to-one coaching

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree
  • 3+ years of Healthcare experience
  • 5+ years of experience directly and/or indirectly managing people in delivering strategy consulting / advisory services at the corporate level
  • 5+ years of experience developing market overviews, understanding competitive positioning, analyzing market trends, and understanding customer needs
  • 30% travel (project dependent)
  • Based: New York, NY or Boston, MA

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA from top tier program
  • Operational experience (operations, product development, marketing, finance, sales, etc.)
  • 2+ years of post-MBA experience at a leading strategy consulting firm
  • Prior experience in analytics

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.   


Job Keywords:  Corporate Strategy, MBA, Strategy, strategy consulting, advisory services, Boston, MA, Massachusetts, New York, NY

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