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VP Strategic Initiatives and Innovation - Eden Prairie, MN

UnitedHealth Group

Eden Prairie, MN
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753000 VP Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Eden Prairie MN

VP Strategic Initiatives and Innovation - Eden Prairie, MN (753000)

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 Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Leader will drive top-line and earnings growth for OptumRx. They will define business strategies and drive execution and results in partnership with OptumRx leaders. They will initially manage a team of 6-8 individuals. This leader will advance a portfolio of external and long range (>36 month) opportunities worth at least $100M in top-line and tens of millions of IOI dollars. 

This leader will:

  • Serve as the interface between UHG enterprise, Optum Corporate and OptumRx to support corporate priorities

  • Advance a set of OptumRx strategic priorities on behalf of the OptumRx executive leadership team. Examples of priorities could include business model transformation, business line strategy development, M&A and partnerships. (Where applicable) Align regulatory and external affairs agenda to advance business strategies

  • Build market intelligence capability including strategic customer/ consumer segmentation, voice of the customer/ consumer capability and competitor intelligence. Infuse market and competitive perspectives into strategy development. Work in partnership with Sales, Marketing and Product to advance capabilities

  • Drive innovation activities at the business line level. Translate market intelligence into prioritized white space opportunities, align priorities with Optum corporate and coordinate efforts to develop business strategies against highest priority areas. Identify and conceptualize innovation that will advance business goals

  • Develop strategic business acumen among OptumRx management. Build organization capabilities and discipline in development and execution of competitive strategies

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Act as main point of contact to drive content development within OptumRx for:

    • Board of Directors 

    •  Investor Relations

    • Earnings

    • Corporate Events - Forums

    • Corporate Business Planning (LRP, Annual and Monthly Business Review) 

  •  Drive strategy development and incubation for highest priority external and long range opportunities

    •  Frame strategic questions
    • Develop fact base including analysis of industry trends, customer needs, competitive threats, expansion opportunities and internal performance
    • Make recommendations on winning strategies based on evaluation of strategic options, data driven insights
    • Drive decisions on strategic priorities
    • Mobilize execution once decisions have been made. Work cross-functionally in team-of-teams construct within business segment and cross-enterprise to accelerate strategic implementation
  • Act as an advisor and influencer with OptumRx’s senior most leaders

  • Establish relationships across all parts of the organization - OptumRx, Optum, UHG

  • Build a team and promote professional development of strategy team members; enhance their skills and capabilities through project work and one-to-one coaching


Required Qualifications:

  • MBA or equivalent post-graduate degree

  • 10 or more years of experience in strategic planning, preferably within health care industry

  • Top global consulting firm experience

  • Experience within PBM business



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with various business and product models, both within and external to healthcare industry

  • Experience in analyzing competitive position / customer needs and market trends


Soft Skills:

  • Demonstratable leadership skills where team members are not direct reports

  • Superior conceptual, analytical and financial modeling skills 

  • Demonstrable ability to communicate data and strategic frameworks for executives 

  • Demonstrable ability to deliver results with large-scale, cross-functional teams

  • Ability to manage & prioritize multiple projects, ensuring quality & on-time delivery

  • Superior communication (written / verbal), presentation, and facilitation skills

  • High energy, detail oriented and creative individual

  • Ability to make an immediate impact in a fast-paced environment with multiple and changing priorities



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)


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.



Job Keywords: analytics, strategic planning, leadership, data, manage, executive, Eden Prairie, MN, Minnesota


Job Details

  • Contest Number753000
  • Job TitleVP Strategic Initiatives and Innovation - Eden Prairie, MN
  • Job FamilyBusiness Operations
  • Business SegmentOptumRx

Job Location Information

  • Eden Prairie, MN
    United States
    North America

Additional Job Detail Information

  • Employee StatusRegular
  • ScheduleFull-time
  • Job LevelExecutive
  • ShiftDay Job
  • TravelNo
  • Telecommuter PositionNo
  • Overtime StatusExempt

UnitedHealth Group is the most diversified health care company in the United States and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives and helping to make the health system work better for everyone.

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