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Director of Rebate Strategy, Industry Relations


Director of Nursing


Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Optum, the fast-growing part of UnitedHealth Group, is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business. Our teams are dedicated to modernizing the health care system and improving the lives of people and communities.

Serving virtually every dimension of the health system, we work with a diverse set of clients across 150 countries – from those who diagnose and treat patients to those who pay for care, deliver health services, and those who supply the cures. Optum maintains operations across North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Our innovative partnerships provide technology and tools that enable unprecedented collaboration and efficiency. As a result, we can tap into valuable health care data to uncover insights and develop strategies for better care at lower costs.

Here at Optum, part of United Health Group we'll put you in the driver's seat on vital projects that have strategic importance to our mission of helping people lead healthier lives. Yes, we share a mission that inspires. We need your organizational talents and business discipline to help fuel ours. It's the opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

About the Role

The Director of Rebate Strategy, Industry Relations is responsible for developing rebate and contract strategies to improve the access and affordability of healthcare, specifically for pharmaceutical products on OptumRx and custom client formularies. This position is part of a cross functional internal team (Finance / Accounting, Clinical, Legal, Contract Specialist, Client Management) developing and managing rebate and contract strategies for over 60 therapeutic classes for UHG clients.

Careers with Optum offer flexible work arrangements and individuals who live and work in the Republic of Ireland will have the opportunity to split their monthly work hours between our Dublin and telecommuting from a home-based office in a hybrid work model.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The US healthcare market with respect to OptumRx pharmacy benefit design and operations
  • Financial modeling and strategic business analytics for rebate and contract optimization and net cost strategy assessment of pharmaceutical products
  • Drug product strategy development in collaboration with internal colleagues. Compare and value differing strategies based on generated data
  • Present potential strategies to internal stakeholders in a clear and concise manner including key senior leaders within OptumRx
  • Knowledge of multiple therapeutic categories for manufacturer assignments (e.g. CV, Diabetes, Respiratory disease)
  • An understanding and knowledge of established clinical guidelines determined by OptumRx P&T
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with pharmaceutical manufacturers and develop strategies that supports management initiatives.
  • Drive ideas forward and obtain cross functional buy - in based on the analysis of effectiveness of drugs, drug cost, and drug market share

Required Qualifications

  • Proven experience working in a managed care setting such as a PBM or health plan
  • Strategy development, contracting knowledge, and contract review experience
  • Analytical experience in financial analysis, healthcare pricing, network management, healthcare economics, or related discipline
  • Proven ability to work well and collaboratively, with multiple teams or departments for business growth or profitability goals
  • Previous experience in pharmaceutical or healthcare roles.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak clearly and concisely, conveying complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information
  • Strong interpersonal skills, establishing rapport and working well with others

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A degree in Pharmacy
  • Advanced degree (MBA or PharmD)
  • Experience in leading a team
  • Experience in pharmaceutical industry context

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)

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes — an enterprise priority reflected in our mission.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: 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.