Associate Director – Data Science

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Transforming healthcare through insight and innovation

Position Description

We’re changing the way health care works for the better. That means consulting with our members, partnering with our physicians, and delivering drugs in the most efficient and effective way. Join us and start doing your life’s best work.(sm)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Analytic thought leader with strong analytic, communication, and program management skills to lead management, development and integration of a portfolio of analytics that will form the intelligent engine of visually displayed insight to help health care professionals uncover (Coordination of benefits) COB opportunity
  • Lead, develop, evaluate and present new techniques and methodologies to identify COB opportunity
  • Collaborate with other analytic teams to create analytic development projects that will be deployed through Optum end user tools
  • Translate the results of the new methodologies into requirements for tool developers to include in end user applications
  • Create and provide sound statistical analyses and develop predictive models using structured and unstructured data, and frame business scenarios that are meaningful and which impact our critical business processes and / or decisions
  • Design sampling methodology, prepare data, including data cleaning, univariate analysis, missing value imputation, etc., identify appropriate analytic and statistical methodology, develop predictive models and document process and results
  • Communicate analytic results and predictive models to business partners and clients
  • Provide on – going tracking and monitoring of performance of analytic applications and recommend ongoing improvements to methods and algorithms that lead to findings, including new information

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s  degree in computer science, (bio) statistics, applied statistics, mathematics, machine learning or similar quantitative fields of study
  • 7+ years of experience of hands – on predictive modeling skills and strong analytic programming skills using either SAS, R and/or Python
  • 2+ years of experience with health care claims data with working knowledge and understanding of medical coding, including ICD, CPT, DRG, etc.
  • 7+ years of experience manipulating large datasets and using databases using SQL and / or SAS
  • Self – motivated, capable to grasp analytical concepts and clearly understand how analytical solutions can help customers reduce their healthcare claim costs
  • Strong communication and influencing skills

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