Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Washington, D.C.


Position Description

At our best, we “inspire the heart and teach the
hands.” Health care research staff serve
our members by identifying their most pressing challenges and uncovering the
best practice solutions so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel. They lead teams to research, analyze, write,
and present multiple research initiatives per year. Initiatives typically
examine the forces that have shaped the current state of the industry and will
determine its evolution and future. By profiling best-demonstrated practices of
leading organizations, initiatives provide our member institutions with future
vision and tactical guidance.

Senior Consultant – Health Plans, plays a leadership role in
identifying and solving the problems of our member organizations. They work with health plan executives to
understand their common, pressing challenges, and then develop provocative
hypotheses that challenge conventional wisdom.
They conduct root-cause analyses and lead a team through a research
process that consists of member interviews and a review of third-party and
primary sources. They have primary
day-to-day responsibility for product quality and the creation of original
insights that our members will use. They
also have responsibility for presenting the research to member organizations
individually and in large group settings.
The Senior Consultant – Health Plans works with commercial teams to
identify growth opportunities and ensure the collateral is consistent with the
market need.

This opportunity is based in Washington, D.C.

Primary Responsibilities:

- Strategic and root cause analysis
- Ability to formulate and defend original points
of view
- Synthesis of complex ideas
- Strong client management
- Effective team management and staff development
- Effective use of graphics and writing to communicate
ideas and information

Examples of recent research initiatives include:

- Steps to encourage providers to take downside
- Health plan member engagement
- How to influence referral patterns by providing
physicians with better data

Required Qualifications:

- Knowledge of health plan operations and comfort
interacting with health plan and physician executives
- Demonstrated experience leading in a consulting,
research or other analytical problem-solving role
- Success managing clients (internal or external)
and leading teams
- Comfort creating timely written and graphical
client deliverables
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 6+ years of experience working in a professional

Preferred Qualifications:

- MBA, MPH, or other advanced degree
- Ability to quickly determine appropriate
analyses and direct analysts to conduct them
- Intellectual curiosity
- Comfort presenting and discussing findings with
executive audiences
- Experience working with clients in a
consultative role
- Health plan experience
- Experience working in a collaborative team
environment, as well as independently
- Experience with analytical problem solving
- Comfort with ambiguity

UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 5 organization,is
a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live
healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone.

Our businesses touch nearly every aspect of health care,
uniquely positioning us to address the most critical health care needs of
people around the world. We deploy our core capabilities in clinical care
improvement, population health management, health insurance and analytics and
health technology in a variety of settings throughout the US and globally. Join
us, and you’ll soon discover a career here is a launching pad for your
life’s best work.(sm)

Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, is a leading
health services and innovation company dedicated to helping make the health
system work better for everyone. With more than 115,000 people worldwide, Optum
combines technology, data and expertise to improve the delivery, quality and
efficiency of health care. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of companies,
uniquely collaborates with all participants in health care, connecting them
with a shared focus on creating a healthier world. Join us, and you’ll
soon discover a career here is a launching pad for your life’s best work.(sm)

Advisory Board is part of Optum and the
UnitedHealth Group family of businesses. Through our membership model, we
collaborate with executives and their teams to find and implement the best
solutions to their toughest challenges. We offer research through proven,
actionable insights inspired by health care’s most progressive organizations.
Join us, and you’ll soon discover a career here is a launching pad for 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.