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Information Technology


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Principal Data Scientist - Hopkins, MN

UHG - Minnetonka, Minnesota

Posted: 09/2/2018


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)


Position Summary

We are seeking a Principal Data Scientist for our Hopkins, MN location responsible for identifying sources of truth, data domains, and attributes to support current and new hypotheses. Understands data structures, assesses new data sources, and evaluates sourcing strategies using a robust, repeatable, automated framework. Performs data warehousing for historical analysis. Understands complex concepts and translates them into actionable sets of process modules and activities that are easily understandable by non-technical business users. Collaborates with end-users to evaluate business goals, identify needs, and propose solutions using the portfolio of technical assets including SAS Business Intelligence, SAS In-Memory, SAS In-Database Technologies, Hadoop, Teradata EDW, and other relational data stores. Leverages Big Data to perform data profiling, cleansing, and enhancements including identifying usable data fields and types, nominal data and measures, standardization of attributes, and handling of missing and null values. Transforms datasets for analytical research versus traditional reporting and optimizes the performance of large datasets for analytical speed and cost-effective storage. Focuses on design and architecture of datasets to avoid undesired duplication. Ensures repeatability of the process (automation) while also keeping it flexible for future changes. Proposes innovative ways to analyze and solve problems by using data mining approaches on the set of information available. Integrates insights into repeatable and reusable standard and ad-hoc reports as required by various lines of business. Ensures consistent formatting with an eye towards repeatability on an ongoing basis. Communicates discoveries to the business by exposing assumptions and validation work in an easily understandable way, and ensures consistency across lines of business.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field.
  • Must have eight (8) years of related (progressive, post-baccalaureate) experience. Must have five (5) years of advanced analytics experience working with large-volume data, relational databases and schemas, and design applications. Must have two (2) years of development experience with data-driven applications. Employer will accept experience gained concurrently.
  • Must also have 12 months demonstrated ability (which may have been gained concurrently) with each of the following: 1. Healthcare experience working with healthcare data; 2. Data analysis experience using big data; 3. SAS development and programming; and 4. Experience working with external customers. Qualified applicants are required to complete skills assessments as part of the interview process.

Careers with UnitedHealthcare. Let's talk about opportunity. Start with a Fortune 6 organization that's serving more than 85 million people already and building the industry's singular reputation for bold ideas and impeccable execution. Now, add your energy, your passion for excellence, your near-obsession with driving change for the better. Get the picture? UnitedHealthcare is serving employers and individuals, states and communities, military families and veterans where ever they're found across the globe. We bring them the resources of an industry leader and a commitment to improve their lives that's second to none. This is no small opportunity. It's where you can 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.

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