Agile Team Product Owner, Universe - Telecommute at Optum (Minneapolis, MN or Remote)

| Minneapolis–Saint Paul, MN +25 more | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: $82,100-$161,600 Annually
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Optum is a company that's on the rise. We're expanding in multiple directions, across borders and, most of all, in the way we think. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about transforming the health care industry. Ready to make a difference? Make yourself at home with us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)
Are you an analytical and creative thinker? Do you look at process and know you could make them better, faster, easier? Can you present complex ideas clearly to both technical and business audiences using your effective communication skills? If this sounds like you and you have a desire to learn and to continually develop new ways of delivering solutions to clients and internal stakeholders, then we have an opportunity for you to join our team as a Product Owner.
As the Product Owner for the Universe system, you will lead an agile team of developers and quality testers to design and deliver new products, product enhancements, new internal functionality and fixes to exiting functionality for the Universe pharmacy adjudication system.
Product Owners are the primarily liaison between the business and technology and are responsible for reviewing and assessing the value of prioritized business requests, working with subject matter experts to fully understand the concept or business need, and then translating those product and project ideas into technical stories for development and testing.
In this role, you will coordinate regularly with leadership and Enterprise Practice Management (ePRMO) to discuss incoming requests that have been prioritized by the business. You will be responsible for vetting requests and confirming a solid description of each request with sufficient detail to begin defining requirements for development. You will also be responsible for working directly with various subject matter experts throughout the organization to validate business requirements and translate those requirements into stories for agile development and testing. You will manage a backlog of work that should include all new projects that will be picked up for development within a rolling 3 month period, and will provide consistent ongoing updates on the backlog and active projects to the business via ePRMO.
You'll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Work with Strategy leadership to develop and deliver the organization's pharmacy roadmap
  • Think strategically to translate a vision of customer experience to processes and requirements
  • Interact with internal stakeholders and occasionally clients to understand and capture functional and technical requirements, translating business needs to technical needs
  • Preparation of presentations with the inclusion of feasibility studies as well as proof of concept delivery
  • Develop presentations and help facilitate decisions with a wide range of stakeholders each with different priorities
  • Forecast revenue or savings opportunities associated with product development initiatives
  • Review proposed priority list from ePRMO bi-weekly and participate in priority review with stakeholders
  • Work with ePRMO to set/update stage for all accepted dev requests led by your team and ensure target and actual dates for milestones in Salesforce is accurate
  • Support in project managing tech strategy and infrastructure projects - from design to development and implementation
  • Troubleshooting critical issues and bring a calm presence to facilitate issue resolution
  • Support the development of market and sales strategies and value proposition
  • Serve as a strategic knowledge resource facilitating the delivery of capabilities and functionality to support long term Business and product objectives
  • Manage cross-segment projects and initiatives that require problem solving, relationship building, influencing, and analyzing
  • Navigate and influence multiple cross-functional teams in a complex, matrix work environment
  • Partner with key functional areas to ensure high performance in all areas - operations, clinical value, reporting/measurement, etc.
  • Build effective relationships with vendor partners, customers, product partners across Optum, and other internal stakeholder groups
  • Write requirements/stories for all projects, creates acceptance criteria
  • Support team during ceremonies including sprint planning, daily stand-up calls to track progress, and demonstrations of new functionality for each sprint to an audience of stakeholders across the organization

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:
  • Bachelor's Degree in business communications, technology or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of experience developing business requirements, reviewing technical design and validating testing results
  • 2+ of years of experience managing/coordinating projects through entire project development life cycle
  • Professional communication skills - experience presenting to/writing for c-level, vendor partners and/or clients, and articulating details based on audience
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PMP certification
  • Experience in product development, including either tangible products, technology or virtual solutions
  • Experience with Agile methodology
  • Experience working with Rally agile software
  • Healthcare experience and/or workers' compensation experience
  • SQL proficiency
  • Visio
  • Microsoft Project
  • Salesforce
  • MS Access proficiency
  • Solid problem solving and troubleshooting skills with experience exercising mature judgement

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
Careers with OptumRx. We're one of the largest and most innovative pharmacy benefits managers in the US, serving more than 12 million people nationwide. Here you'll fill far more than prescriptions. As a member of one of our pharmacy teams, you're empowered to be your best and do whatever it takes to help each customer. You'll find unrivaled support and training as well as a wealth of growth and development opportunities driven by your performance and limited only by your imagination. Join us. There's no better place to help people live healthier lives while doing your life's best work.(sm)
Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $82,100 to $146,900. The salary range for Connecticut / Nevada residents is $90,500 to $161,600. 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.


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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
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Family Medical Leave
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Casual Dress
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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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