Director Cloud Architecture - Telecommute at Optum (Minneapolis, MN or Remote)

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Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There's no room for error. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)
This role within the Enterprise Data and Analytics (EDA) team's Cloud Competency Center will be focused towards Cloud modernization initiatives across the organization, by helping teams with strategy, frameworks, resourcing and training. The position will be responsible for defining, socializing, and aligning the Core Data technology architecture and roadmap with business and IT leaders. The candidate will lead and drive implementation of data management & consumption patterns leveraging emerging technologies. This role will also entail development of proof-of-concepts (POCs) to identify viable options for implementing any data engineering, analytics or reporting use case. This role will involve interfacing with teams across geographies to support multiple products and products suites from an architecture standpoint.
Our mission depends on hiring the best and the brightest. We need high performers and risk-takers with curious minds who have compassion for the world around them. From the role standpoint, we are looking at candidates passionate about technology and problem solving, a team player and a leader providing thought leadership for building future capabilities with the ability to apply cutting edge technologies in new and innovative ways.
You'll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Leading the Cloud Competency for Enterprise Data and Analytics in leadership, managerial and technical capacity
  • Providing Thought Leadership
    • Drive Tech Strategy, Operational Models and Modernization Roadmaps
    • Enabling Intellectual property contributions i.e. Technical whitepapers, patents and microsites
    • Forum presentations and workshops
  • Skill Development & Resource Planning
    • Enabling Role-based learn paths for skill development across teams
    • Cloud talent pool management - onboarding and managing onshore/offshore cloud engineers, architect and admin
    • Build and environment of innovation within team and encourage lateral thinking
  • Leading the Enterprise Collaboration
    • Integration with Health Care Platform and Enterprise Information Security teams
    • Business partnership across business teams for modernization
    • Collaboration with vendor experts (Microsoft, Databricks, Snowflake and GCP)
  • Using expertise on enterprise cloud implementations to expedite Cloud Adoption
    • Recommend Tech Stack for specific use-case/guiding principles
    • Managing Value-based PoCs/POVs/MVPs
    • Cloud Migration plan and solutions
    • Assessment & Job skill match/TLCP path
  • Helping with Cloud Architecture & Assessments
    • Architecture design patterns, reviews & recommendations
    • Engineering excellence
    • Maturity assessments
    • Cloud stack benchmarking and whitepapers
  • Drive Financial Recovery
  • Recoverable opportunities to seed migration
  • Optimized cloud patterns for cost savings
  • Relationship Management across organization
  • Promote/Present Enterprise analytics capabilities to larger organization
  • Define and create technology strategy for products
  • Define and create system architecture design document and discuss different pros and cons of any particular approach with Architecture council
  • Develops pioneering approaches to emerging technology and industry trends
  • Develops innovative approaches on performance optimization & automation
  • Build an environment and culture of innovation. Champion innovation and modernization
  • Build, maintain, and strengthen relationship with stakeholders
  • Provide governance to ensure engineering best practices are followed
  • Influence and use discretion on trade-offs with enterprise standards staying connected with engineering reality
  • Apply technical expertise and leadership to guide teams in design decision
  • Provide suggestions to leadership team on technology investment areas weighing Cost Vs Efficiency Vs Effectives
  • Present and evaluate design solutions objectively and facilitate conflict resolution

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:
  • 10+ years of experience with large Data Warehouse and Data Mart development and operations
  • 5+ years of experience in managing projects for diversified data management systems. Solid experience should be around DWH, Data Performance Management, Data Quality Management, Metadata Management Strategy etc.
  • 5+ years of experience with modern Cloud Data Architectures, Big Data Platforms, Microservices Architecture
  • 5+ years of experience with developing products using MapReduce/Spark, HBase, Kafka and Hive
  • 4+ years of experience in working on data, technology and operational strategy
  • 2+ years of experience in developing IT strategy, solutions, operational models and CBAs (Cost Benefit Analysis) for Modernization through cloud adoption
  • Experience with developing high performing scalable cloud architecture for Data products on cloud platforms such as Azure, AWS or Google
  • Hands-on experience on multiple cloud and Big Data technologies. Should be able to articulate capabilities, pros vs cons of different technologies and how they integrate in the end-to-end architectural framework
  • Experience developing CI/CD pipelines for data products
  • Solid experience on Azure Cloud stack such as Synapse, Data Factory, Databricks and ADLSG2
  • Exposure to any programing languages, preferably Python and Scala

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3+ years of experience in managing large data warehouses / data lake projects using multiple Cloud and big-data technologies which supports low latency reporting
  • Experienced in high performance, hybrid cloud architecture i.e. Snowflake, Databricks, Azure/GCP.
  • Very good experience in any traditional ETL tools
  • Experience in any reporting tools i.e. Tableau, Power BI
  • Experience in Health care domain
  • Passionate advocate for agile software development methodologies
  • Leadership qualities including being proactive, thoughtful, thorough, decisive, and flexible, conducting themselves professionally and with integrity always
  • Solid interpersonal and communication (both written and verbal) skills
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to clearly articulate solution alternatives
  • Solid work prioritization, planning, and organizational skills
  • Good influencing / pre-sales skill

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment
Technology Careers with Optum. Information and technology have amazing power to transform the health care industry and improve people's lives. This is where it's happening. This is where you'll help solve the problems that have never been solved. We're freeing information so it can be used safely and securely wherever it's needed. We're creating the very best ideas that can most easily be put into action to help our clients improve the quality of care and lower costs for millions. This is where the best and the brightest work together to make positive change a reality. This is the place to do your life's best work.(sm)
Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $113,500 to $218,100. The salary range for Connecticut / Nevada residents is $113,500 to $218,100. 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.
*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter Policy.
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.
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An Insider's view of Optum

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Many companies have a standard 8-hour day, but we don’t. Optum is a global company, so we recognize that working hours are different for everyone depending on their situation. Optum has implemented flexible working policies that allow employees to work from home in addition to the traditional office setting with virtual tools to support everyone.


Chief of Staff

What projects are you most excited about?

My teams work on Digital Benefits where our mission is to deliver benefit clarity, cost transparency, and guidance towards increasing healthy outcomes for our members! One exciting project that we just finished was the Mental Health Hub, where we worked to spotlight member's mental health benefits offered by their United Healthcare health plans.


Senior Software Engineering Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

At Optum the ideal of helping people live healthier lives transcends the healthcare industry and applies to our employee experience. Through meaningful mentorships and participation in holistic leadership development programs, I have been empowered to show up as the best version of my authentic self at home and at work to pursue my life’s purpose.


Technology Product Director

How does the company support your career growth?

I started with the company 12 years ago and have been promoted 5 times. As an analyst, I provided leaders with meaningful analytics needed for decision-making. Now as a Director, I’m the one making the decisions. I’m responsible for creating effective business strategy, executing tactical plans, and helping drive patent culture transformation.


Director, UHG Invention Program

What are Optum Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
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Onsite Gym
Team workouts
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Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
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Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
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Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

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