Director Health Economics and Outcomes Research - Eden Prairie, MN

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We are searching for a leader in our health economics and outcomes (HEOR) group. The Research Director has an extensive background in research that involves oncology. Successful leaders must have an entrepreneurial spirit-are innovative by nature, and always working to create new approaches and products, and services. The Research Director supports internal teams and initiatives and develops strong relationships both internally and externally. The Director not only advises internal researchers and external customers on strategy and evidence generation planning, but works actively on research initiatives from scientific protocol development through dissemination.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Lead the therapeutic area of Optum's HEOR consulting business:
  • Manage a team of researchers
  • Support business development activities (including, but not limited to, development of proposals and face-to-face client engagement) to support pharmaceutical and device manufacturer client needs
  • Assess staffing needs and hiring/recruitment of research staff required to support area of responsibility
  • Resource and oversee execution of retrospective database, survey, chart abstraction, and other studies within your area of responsibility
  • Manage researchers in area of responsibility, as relevant, and advance team members' professional development
  • Advance dissemination of results via manuscript, reports, and conference presentations
  • Coordinate with other intercompany resources to support your business
  • Manage client relationships
  • Oversee project teams and manage study budgets and timelines
  • Mentor and train new research staff as needed
  • Grow the business through client relationships, new service offerings, and a reputation of consistently superior customer service and quality
  • Drive the strategic vision and growth strategy for research studies
  • Lead HEOR business and team of researchers
  • Build and manage a strong team of senior researchers
  • Provide oversight of studies in area of responsibility
  • Execute studies in area of therapeutic expertise such as respiratory, endocrine, or infectious disease etc.
  • Work with HEOR leadership and other Optum business units to support innovation and expand service offerings in the oncology area
  • Participate in leadership of HEOR operations
  • Present in public forums on key topics of expertise in the HEOR space


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:
  • A doctoral or masters level degree in health services research (HSR), health economics, epidemiology, sociology, or other field focused on research design and advanced analytic methods
  • 10+ years of research experience
  • 5+ years of project management experience
  • Experience conducting HEOR and therapeutic research in various disease areas and with pharmaceutical and device therapies
  • Demonstrated experience in management of teams across multiple functional areas
  • Experience in data driven research
  • Record of publication
  • Ability to travel up to 5 trips to clients and/or conferences annually
  • Curious mind and be internally motivated to achieve excellence and help team in area of responsibility do the same
  • Strong interpersonal savvy and the ability to build relationships both internally and with customers
  • Skills in interacting with people in sometimes tough situations are critical to driving distinctive client impact

Preferred Qualification:
  • Experience with secondary data assets, administrative claims databases or electronic medical record data
  • Curious mind and be internally motivated to achieve excellence and help team in area of responsibility do the same
  • Strong interpersonal savvy and the ability to build relationships both internally and with customers
  • Skills in interacting with people in sometimes tough situations are critical to driving distinctive client impact


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UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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