Principal Data Scientist - Minnetonka, MN

UHG Minnetonka, MN

About the Job

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Self-motivated and demonstrates an innate ability to absorb new concepts, technical frameworks, programming paradigms while employing them creatively to solve complex analytical problems
  • Builds, Manages and Owns entire Analytics Pipelines that includes Data Sourcing, Engineering, Modeling and Interpretation - Proposes innovative ways to analyze and solve problems by using data mining approaches on available information
  • Collaborates with end-users to evaluate business goals, identify needs, and propose solutions using the portfolio of technical assets like SAS, Big Data / Hadoop, Spark, and Relational data stores (e.g. Teradata, Oracle, SQL Server)
  • Identifies sources of truth, data domains, and attributes to support current and new hypotheses across lines of businesses (Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial etc.) and functional domains (Clinical, Operational, Financial etc.)
  • Performs data profiling, cleansing, and enhancements, identifies usable features while ensuring consistent formatting with an eye towards repeatability as well as flexibility for future changes
  • Transforms datasets for analytical research versus traditional reporting and optimizes the performance of large datasets for analytical speed and cost-effective storage
  • Builds analytical models (supervised, unsupervised) that extract the necessary signal from the data which test a variety of hypotheses and draw meaningful interpretations against the business context
  • Able to articulate analytical findings and discoveries to senior leadership across multiple lines of business, while exposing assumptions and validation work in an easily understandable and consistent manner

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Information Systems, Computer Science, related field or equivalent experience in Technology or Analytics
  • 8+ years of data analysis experience – ability to work with huge volumes of data, disparate relational databases and schemas and design applications that efficiently scale to process hundreds of millions of observations
  • 5+ years of experience as a programmer either in application languages like Java, C++, VB or Data Processing / Statistical Computing platforms like Spark, SAS, R, Python
  • Experience leveraging the Hadoop ecosystem (e.g.  Hive, Pig, Spark) as a Data Lake for offloading traditional ETL workloads
  • Ability to leverage SAS / Hadoop to solve advanced analytics use-cases
  • Project management or Process Optimization experience
  • Experience in the PBM / healthcare services or adjacent space
  • Interpersonal and relationship skills necessary to work with an integrated team of customers, product managers, project managers, developers, analysts, and quality engineers
  • Excellent Communication (oral & written) skills along with relationship-building and customer facing skills are needed with an ability to facilitate meetings with Business and IT stakeholders
  • Strong presentation and communication skills with ability to develop high level executive as well deep-dive technical presentations

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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: SAS, R, Python, Spark, Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Java, Analysis, Principal Data Scientist