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UnitedHealth Group Research Consultant - Washington, DC in Washington, District Of Columbia

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)

Health care research staff members research, analyze, write, and present at least two research studies per year. Studies identify and explore salient issues and industry trends that are of universal and vital importance to the membership. Studies typically examine the forces that have shaped the current state of the industry and offer projections regarding its evolution and future. By modeling best-demonstrated practices and organizational structures of the world's most progressive organizations, studies provide our member institutions with a set of feasible practices and future vision.

Consultants assume an integral role in moving the substance of major research studies and speeches forward and provide intellectual leadership within teams. Consultants provide analytical direction and guidance throughout all stages of study cycle, working through extensive primary and secondary research, hypothesis generation and testing, rigorous analysis of findings, and the final presentation of ideas.

Consultants are placed on teams based on experience, need, timing, and placement preference. Our research teams focus on best practice business and operations research across the health care spectrum, including programs focused in the provider, payer, and life sciences space.

This opportunity is based in Washington, D.C.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Strategic and root cause analysis

  • Inductive and deductive reasoning

  • Hypothesis generation

  • Ability to formulate and defend original points of view

  • Synthesis of complex ideas

  • Persuasive writing

  • Effective use of graphics and visuals to communicate ideas and information

  • Examples of recent research initiatives include:

  • Future hospital purchasing priorities

  • Hardwiring patient service

  • Best practices in recruiting and retaining hospital staff

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 4+ years of relevant experience

  • 3+ months enterprise work experience or internship experience in professional setting

  • Experience conducting long-term research OR conducting primary and secondary research

  • Experience writing in-depth reports

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA, MPH, or other advanced degree

  • Ability to quickly determine appropriate analyses and direct analysts to conduct them

  • Experience working with clients in a consultative role

  • Health care clinical experience

  • Experience working in a team environment, as well as independently and autonomously

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with senior executives

  • Experience conducting root-cause analysis

  • Demonstrated experience meeting deadlines

  • Experience with solution focused problem solving and thinking through problems creatively

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

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.

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