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Associate Director, Market Insights – Telecommute

UnitedHealth Group

This is a Full-time position in Eden Prairie, MN posted July 18, 2021.

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 position supports the strategic planning and initiatives of the organization across the executive leadership as well as across all departments by directing and overseeing qualitative and quantitative research projects, transforming data into purposeful information that is understandable, accurate, relevant and actionable.

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

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Partners with the Life Sciences business in OptumInsight to develop a proactive learning agenda and research plan that spans product, marketing, sales and client management
  • Maintains a pulse on industry dynamics and emerging customer needs, acting as a thought leader and subject matter expert on the life sciences/pharmaceuticals market
  • Monitors key industry analyst thought leadership and syndicated market research to proactively communicate insights to Life Sciences business
  • Directs all primary and secondary research by overseeing the entire research process, defining the research scope and budget, selection of appropriate research methodologies, survey development, focus group scripting and interview guide development, management of research vendor relations, interpretation and analysis of data using standard statistical tools, as well as report development, communication and presentation of research findings to non-technical audiences
  • Leads market sizing analysis and competitive intelligence initiatives for the Life Sciences business
  • Utilizes standard frameworks (e.g. Porter’s Five Forces, SWOT, Market Maps) to create actionable research findings
  • Develops and oversee the internal systems, templates, and tools to maximize the efficient delivery of market intelligence
  • Supports other strategy development, business planning and execution management activities

The position will receive guidance from leaders within the Life Sciences business and corporate functions, but will be largely responsible for operating independently.

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.

keywords: market research, market insights, marketing reearch, customer insights, research methodologies, lifescience

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in business management, health economics, statistics, accounting, or finance
  • 7+ years of experience leading complex market research and customer insights initiatives
  • Demonstrable experience with primary and secondary research methodologies, analytical frameworks, and statistical tools
  • Solid familiarity with the life sciences/pharmaceutical market in the United States, including but not limited to real-world data and real-world evidence, drug discovery and development, clinical trials, and market access
  • Solid understanding of the business-to-business environment in the pharmaceutical/life sciences market, including selling strategies, data needs, and industry partnerships
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Word and market research tools

Preferred Qualifications:


Careers with Optum. Here’s the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world’s large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life’s best work.(sm)

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. As of the date of this posting, In addition to your salary,  UHG offers the following benefits for this position, subject to applicable eligibility requirements: Health, dental, and vision plans; wellness program; flexible spending accounts; paid parking or public transportation costs; 401(k) retirement plan; employee stock purchase plan; life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and long-term disability insurance; business travel accident insurance; Employee Assistance Program; PTO; and employee-paid critical illness and accident insurance.

*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.

Job Keywords:  Associate Director, Market Insights, Telecommute, Telecommuter, Telecommuting, Work at Home, Work from Home, Remote

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