Associate Director of Pharmacy Strategy Programs

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The Associate Director of Pharmacy Strategy and Programs is responsible for building strong relationships across the enterprise and providing tailored solutions to Optum care delivery organizations. These may include managing, coordinating, and completing projects across various functional areas and business units related to value-based strategies and integrated pharmacy services. Advances understanding of P&T committees, drug reviews, financial models, distribution channels, pharmaceutical group purchasing organizations, wholesalers, provider/facility networks, unit costs and pricing, revenue cycle mgmt., site of service, and medical benefits. Identifies market nuances and areas of opportunity. Provides subject matter expertise in areas including project scope definition, risk identification, project methodology, resource allocation, facilitation, and other areas of expertise based on established project management techniques. Makes presentations to management on project updates, project cycle, and expected results. Collaborates with stakeholders across the enterprise to ensure projects are aligned with core strategies and goals, implemented, and launched on time and in scope. Participates in annual business planning and end-to-end designs of pharmacy programs and strategies. May manage vendor and service providers to define project scope and performance expectations.

You'll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Develops, implements, and supports pharmacy programs to achieve key strategic and business goals
  • Ensures alignment and understanding of program/project scope and objectives with the organization's strategic objectives and the Voice of the Customer(s)
  • Partners with executive leaders in the development of organizational objectives and short and long-term goals
  • Partners with various business units, leadership, and Care Delivery Organizations (CDOs) to identify/define performance planning/measures, programs, initiatives, based on emerging industry trends and growth opportunities
  • Oversees and instructs functionally diverse teams to achieve desired end-results on complex problems regarding projects
  • Leads and guides functional and segment teams through project implementations with competing agendas and priorities
  • Creates compelling interactive dashboards for internal and external customers to identify, design, recommend and execute solutions to deliver actionable information
  • Assists in the creation of therapeutic clinical reviews and financial models for Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T)
  • Develops appealing data visualizations leveraging multiple internal and external data sources (quantitative and qualitative), and drawing insightful conclusions for decisions makers
  • Solves unique and complex problems with broad impact on the business
  • Provides subject matter expertise and operational support to internal business partners
  • Coaches, mentors, and provides feedback to others
  • Maintains project and process knowledge bank to support best practice identification and implementation
  • Collaborates cross-departmentally to manage risk forecasting/mitigation, project progress, and issue resolution efforts
  • Acts as a liaison between internal and external teams to help steer workstream communications to ensure response integrity
  • Influences senior leadership to adopt new ideas, products, and/or approaches that may have segment-wide impact
  • Develops appealing data visualizations leveraging multiple internal and external data sources (quantitative and qualitative), and drawing insightful conclusions for decisions makers
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned


This is a challenging role that relies on your ability to effectively lead project teams and build relationships with stakeholders. Your ability to use various methodologies and tools to collaborate in a cross-matrix environment will drive long term success keeping the team on track within the project scope and timeline.

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:
  • Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Current and unrestricted Pharmacy License in your current state of residence
  • 5+ years of clinical pharmacist, operations, and Pharmacy & Therapeutics experience
  • 5+ years of experience in a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) or Managed Care plan, with understanding of provider network contracts and/or pharmaceutical rebates
  • 3+ years of experience working with Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), Distributors, Manufacturers, with understanding of government and commercial contracts and pricing
  • 3+ years of experience in provider practices with revenue mgmt. cycle experience, must have a working knowledge of payer contracts, fee schedules, allowable tables
  • 3+ years of professional project management experience
  • Advanced proficiency with Visio, SharePoint, MS Office Suite (including Excel and Access)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Solid prioritization, attention to detail, effective multi-tasking, verbal/written communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to create an effective team environment, build solid relationships
  • Experience solving problems and issues in a matrix environment and communicating effectively at all levels of an organization
  • Advanced analytical and technical skills, including Tableau, SQL or SAS


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OptumCare is committed to creating an environment where physicians focus on what they do best: care for their patients. To do so, OptumCare provides administrative and business support services to both owned and affiliated medical practices which are part of OptumCare. Each medical practice part and their physician employees have complete authority with regards to all medical decision-making and patient care. OptumCare's support services do not interfere with or control the practice of medicine by the medical practices or any of their physicians.

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter Policy.

Colorado Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $94,500 to $171,700. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you'll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: OptumCare is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers 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.

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

Job Keywords: Associate Director, Pharmacy Strategy & Programs, Telecommute, Remote, Work from Home

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