Sr Director Analytic Innovation and Strategy at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

| Minneapolis–Saint Paul, MN
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is one of the most recognized and trusted health care brands in the world with 2.9 million members. We're committed to reinventing health care to improve health for our members and the community. We hope you'll join us. Please note that effective 11/23/2021, all associates must be fully vaccinated for COVID19 unless legally entitled to a reasonable accommodation related to religious or medical exemptions.

Reporting directly to the Head of Enterprise Data and Analytics to champion key leadership initiatives to explore strategic ideas to fuel ongoing innovative growth and retention. This role focuses on leading change and executing on proven analytic innovation strategy by managing the relationship of Analytics with the executive leaders and department leaders across the organization; understanding their needs and managing the demand for analytic innovative services. This includes working hand in hand with the business to meet their analytic needs, their vision for the future, providing them proactive advice on an on-going basis. This is a highly visible team leader combining analytic innovation and insights, strategic analytic planning, general business management, and business development to drive alignment and performance across the organization. Our team is uniquely positioned to impact the end-to-end customer journey, and we are looking for a candidate who is laser focused on disrupting the status quo and delivering seamless, meaningful experiences to customers every day.

A Day in the Life:

  • Carry out detailed analytical research on the market and competitive landscape for both the US and International business
  • Investigate and vet leading innovative analytics solutions and technology from industry incumbents, new entrants, and non-industry players and advise on use cases and applications for the enterprise
  • Being a pioneer to create an analytic innovation lab to facilitate proof of concepts for fast learnings and further scalability
  • Act as the digital advocate leading culture initiatives to embed design thinking and a digital-first mentality within the organization.
  • Able to develop and execute innovative analytic solutions to complex problems, which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation.
  • Enhancing the Innovative Analytic Strategy and Executing on the Vision
  • Provide concise views on operational data, technical solutions, and overall business development with a lens on analytics and business intelligence.
  • Deliver effective story lines and strategy updates for key senior leadership and ongoing operational reviews.
  • Provide oversight, coordination and guidance to projects of high importance
  • Participate quarterly business review meetings, including roadmap status tracking and team updates
  • Ensure Executive Leaders are briefed and prepared for internal and external high profile meetings as necessary
  • Day to day management of high impact analytic innovation driving insights and innovative methods to improve customer outcomes
  • Overseeing of strategic projects with prioritization or approaches and monitoring of budgets and timings
  • Develop timelines and action plans to mitigate potential risks, including escalations to key stakeholders.
  • Partnering with Executives and Business Leaders
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders and applicable vendors.
  • Drive alignment on priorities and requirements across the Enterprise Data and Analytics organizations.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams on driving strategy and ensuring that delivery milestones are met.
  • Lead and build a strategic, proactive and data-driven culture that will rapidly generate actionable insights to accelerate business value realization.
  • Define and drive team toward standardized processes, procedures and systems to ensure consistency in delivery and operations while leveraging creativity and outside-the-box thinking as required to meet the business's needs.
  • Foster partnerships with business leaders to drive integration of analytic insights into business operations and identify additional opportunities to leverage analytics to enable achievement of strategic and operational objectives.

Nice to Have:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Skilled in distilling insights, synthesizing and crafting compelling presentations for executive audiences
  • Able to maintain both a rigorous attention to detail and a big-picture, strategic mindset
  • Proactive and creative in approaching problems and leveraging data with advanced analytics knowledge, including descriptive statistics, predictive modeling, forecasting/trending/simulations, and deep machine learning Capital and operating expense budgeting and forecasting experience highly desired
  • Vendor management experience highly desired given the depth and breadth of coordination to deliver insightful and actionable analytics
  • Ability to quickly learn new concepts, solve problems, and implement solutions
  • Embraces teamwork; shares ideas / methods to improve performance


Required Skills and Experiences:

  • Accepting this director level position at BCBSMN requires signing an Agreement Regarding Non-Disclosure of Confidential Information and Non-Competition as a condition of employment.
  • 8+ years of related professional experience in analytic innovation, with 3+ years of management experience. All relevant experience including work, education, transferable skills, and military experience will be considered.
  • Preference for prior agency and consultative experience in order to consult across the organization.
  • Technical expertise in advanced analytics methods and languages such as, but not limited to, SAS, R, Python as well as data visualization tools such as Tableau, PowerBI, or DOMO.
  • Senior executive presence with experience communicating to all levels of the organization including business and technical audiences.
  • Experience with contingency planning efforts, identify bottlenecks, surface issues, and proactively drive for their resolution.
  • Demonstrated hands-on expertise in collaboration, productivity, and other tools
  • Proven ability to influence without formal authority- taking ownership of tasks and see them through to completion, delegating as appropriate to stakeholders providing input
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in roles and processes that are not clearly defined, constantly evolving and broad through self-reliance and resourcefulness
  • Proven ability to handle multiple demands and competing priorities, time management for self and team
  • Project and program management Portfolio experience with strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated business savvy and confidence to interface with all levels of employees
  • Demonstrated exceptional relationship and partnering skills while leveraging resources appropriately
  • The candidate must have proven experience in working in a matrixed environment and managing multiple stakeholders


Role Designation:
Hybrid Remote

Role designation definition: Teleworking is working full time remote. Hybrid is a combination of working onsite and remotely. Onsite is full-time onsite.

Make a difference

Blue Cross is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Reasonable Accommodation for Job Seekers with a Disability: If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to [email protected]

All roles require a high school diploma (or equivalency) and legal authorization to work in the U.S.

Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota and Blue Plus® are nonprofit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
More Information on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota operates in the Healthtech industry. The company is located in Eagan, MN. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota was founded in 2022. It has 3267 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 39 open jobs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, click here.
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