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Position Description

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

About the company

Our mission is to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone.

A Fortune 6 company, we're focused on helping people live healthier lives while making the health system work better for everyone. Here, we seek to empower people with the information, guidance and tools to make personal health choices. We work harder and we aim higher. We expect more from ourselves and each other. And, at the end of the day, we’re doing a lot of good for more than 85 million people worldwide.

Our biggest point of differentiation is our people - and the collective talent, energy, intelligence and drive our force of 188,000 individuals around the world bring to our mission every single day. So, how do we do it? With our every action, interaction and intention that demonstrates the five fundamental values that guide everything we do:

• Integrity
• Compassion
• Relationships
• Innovation
• Performance

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