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Director Supply Chain Innovation - Part-Time - Remote


Medical Director


Bangor, Maine, United States

Optum is a global organization that delivers care, aided by technology to help millions of people live healthier lives. The work you do with our team will directly improve health outcomes by connecting people with the care, pharmacy benefits, data and resources they need to feel their best. Here, you will find a culture guided by diversity and inclusion, talented peers, comprehensive benefits and career development opportunities. Come make an impact on the communities we serve as you help us advance health equity on a global scale. Join us to start Caring. Connecting. Growing together.

The Director, Supply Chain Solutions is will be a key contributor in the develop of the Optum supply chain innovation and product strategy. This position is responsible for leading the engagement through both remote and onsite work assisting the coordination across all functional teams including business operations, product, technology, human capital, legal, innovation and transformation teams. All leaders on the Innovation team are expected to be hands-on with project design and deliverable creation for customers.

The role of the Supply Chain Solutions team is to create and implement the strategic vision of supply chain services for Optum Advisory Services including supply chain innovation and product opportunities to identify financial and operational opportunities at potential clients, and to forge partnerships with clients and internal and external business partnes to address those opportunities and support long-term financial viability for client health systems. There are several projects associated with continuous improvement of our valuation methodology, product innovation needs and supply chain transformation redesign based on process improvement, technology integration, and strategic partnerships.

If you are located in the state of Maine, you will have the flexibility to work remotely* as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop innovative benchmarks using historical supply chain cost per unit of service for purchased services, physician preference items, commodities and pharmacy
  • Develop buy-in from key client and partner leadership and maintains collaborative relationships
  • Create a trusted partner relationship with client and other partner executives
  • Develop clear and concise updates to senior leadership at the potential client site and within Optum
  • Assist with the planned Optum shared services center development and staffing
  • Provide recommendations for Optum supply chain partnerships
  • Assist with the development of the new Optum aggregration group
  • Review problem areas identified and validates benefit estimates and financial models
  • Develop timelines and project plans for the completion of the assessment and full due diligence process
  • Monitor Optum progress toward key milestones and provides regular updates and escalates (as appropriate) to internal and external key stakeholders
  • Complete the final draft of benefits based on high level assessment and full due diligence efforts, coordinates with key internal and external stakeholders to create buy-in and to obtain sign-off
  • Contribute to potential client evaluation methodology development and other functional assignments as assigned, including developing strategic partnerships with outside companies to provide an end-to-end solutions
  • Serve as a key contact and solution design lead for partnerships with third parties in the supply chain industry whose ability to impact client performance aligns with Optum’s strategic objectives and needs
  • Participate in the development of sales materials in preparation for initial and ongoing client conversations
  • Attend industry conferences and acts as a subject matter expert for Optum
  • Present to large groups well and has the ability to adjust message to audience (CFO, COO, CEO, and VP of Supply Chain)

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:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • 10+ years of Supply Chain Transformation consulting and/or Supply Chain experience in the hospital setting
  • 8+ years of Health System supply chain management experience
  • C-Suite presentation experience
  • Experience managing through strategic shift or redirection
  • Methodology development experience
  • Project Management skills - experience managing multiple projects and constituents
  • Demonstrated analytical skills
  • Proven successful at navigating matrixed relationships and strategic partnerships

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Business Administration; Master of Health Administration
  • Experience in hospital management and/or leading complex supply chain transformation consulting engagements
  • Experience revamping methodology

Careers with Optum. Our objective is to make health care simpler and more effective for everyone. With our hands at work across all aspects of health, you can play a role in creating a healthier world, one insight, one connection and one person at a time. We bring together some of the greatest minds and ideas to take health care to its fullest potential, promoting health equity and accessibility. Work with diverse, engaged and high-performing teams to help solve important challenges.

*All employees working remotely will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy

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: 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.