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Enterprise VP Pharm Ops - OptumCare

UHG - Minnesota, US

Posted: 12/17/2018

The Enterprise VP of Pharmacy Services, OptumCare is a member of the clinical performance leadership team, and will be accountable primarily to establish and lead the National OptumCare Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.  They will lead strategic planning, development and implementation of pharmacy programs, and work to support local pharmacy and clinical leadership in being successful in their markets


The VP of Pharmacy Services will report to the VP Managed Care Clinical Services and will be the primary interface with leadership, health plans and state regulators in the areas of program development, utilization and quality management of Pharmacy. The VP provides oversight to ensure all pharmacy programs and activities are appropriately integrated into strategic direction and operations as well as the mission and values of the company and comply with legal and regulatory requirements.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead and grow of team of Pharmacists and related staff (anticipated to include 3-5 direct reports)

  • Establish and lead a national Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee

  • Provide leadership and oversight of all pharmacy programs and operations

  • Develop and support implementation of pharmacy programs across the enterprise

  • Manage through influence 10+ individual business units as they approach Pharmacy related services

  • Actively support the Clinical Affordability Portfolio team in advancing local, federated and enterprise clinical initiatives, projects and programs; with direct accountability for successful implementation and achieving affordability targets

  • Develop / build strong working relationships with other departments within the company that interface with Pharmacy initiatives, as well as associated vendors

  • Assist contracting and network management in evaluation and establishment of enhanced capabilities for drug sourcing and pricing, and optimal site of service delivery

  • Represent OptumCare vision and interests within the group purchasing program, supporting work to develop enterprise capabilities

  • Analyze data to offer recommendations to streamline and increase efficiency in existing and related programs

  • Maintain strong partnership with Care Delivery Organizations to execute on enterprise Pharmacy strategy and objectives within their respective markets

  • Provide quality oversight to Pharmacy programs to ensure regulatory compliance

  • Support budget / forecast for pharmacy initiatives and implements plans to achieve budgetary goals

  • Performs other related duties as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Pharm D degree

  • Active, unrestricted Registered Pharmacist license

  • 5+ years of experience as a clinical pharmacist

  • 5+ years of medical management experience with IPAs, medical groups or HMOs

  • 3+ years of experience with Medicare guidelines

  • 5+ years of experience in leading pharmacy staff

  • Previous experience establishing and leading a Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics committee across multiple products and lines of business

  • Experience working in a highly matrixed organization and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, easily develops rapport, trust and relationships

  • Previous experience and ability working with executives and clinicians as well as the skills to develop effective working relationships with staff in various departments

  • Experience working with provider relations, working within various payors environments, and risk management

  • Solid understanding of clinical pharmacy programs, with emphasis on program development, implementation and delivery

  • Excellent presentation skills, with experience effectively presenting information to senior leadership, including content development

  • Outstanding strategic planning, analytic and communications ability

  • Ability to work independently and within a team; excellent coaching skills

  • Planning and organizational skills to demonstrate leadership and initiative

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint

  • Ability to travel as necessary up to 30-50% travel


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing and implementing pharmacy affordability initiatives

  • Board certification by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)

  • Certified Geriatric Pharmacist


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)



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