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Sr Data Consultant

Location: Pasadena, CA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 717141 Date posted: 08/03/2018
Under general supervision, this position exists to assist the organization in making strategic data-related decisions by analyzing, manipulating, tracking, internally managing and reporting data. This position takes an active leadership role as both as a consultant and as a high-level SAS programmer.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Leads, makes significant contributions, and/or provides technical leadership to high visibility projects to identify and resolve issues of strategic importance to the organization.  Interfaces regularly with senior management to produce timely and valuable results.

  • Directs the development of outcomes and process measures, including technical specifications, to enable population measurement, guideline implementation, and evaluation.

  • Builds and maintains complex statistical SAS routines using macros, vendor software, and software written by self and others.

  • Tests and maintains data integrity across multiple databases (internal SAS, DB2, VSAM; external: Adobe, Excel, SAS parsing routines, COBOL).

  • Builds sophisticated statistical models and forecasting tools using these databases.

  • Designs and enhances databases.

  • Designs menu systems that are effective and user-friendly.

  • Develops reports with accurate, easy to read, useful information that satisfies the client's needs.

  • Designs and generates tracking and monitoring tools.

  • Designs research plans for data gathering and analysis.

  • Participates significantly in interpreting analyses and developing action plans accordingly.

  • Defines and frames complex multi-dimensional healthcare issues and develops time tables/processes for decision making.

  • Translates needs, issues, and ideas into effective strategies and action plans.

  • Formulates specific implementation plans and evaluates the effectiveness of actions/programs implemented.

  • Develops creative alternative solutions.

  • Works closely with IT and outside partners (and physicians for SCPMG departments).

  • Sets the strategic direction of projects.

  • Determines goals and priorities with team, clients, or project management sponsors (when appropriate).

  • May coordinate team/project activities and schedules.

  • May establish team membership and project participants, provide leadership to multi-disciplinary project teams, as well as manage work of outside consultants when used.

  • Communicates results/recommendations to project sponsors, clients, and various senior level audiences (including physicians for SCPMG departments).

  • May participate in the development and management of the department, including coaching and recruiting for consultants/analysts and other departmental activities.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum five (5) years programming in SAS, R, SQL, Python or equivalent required.

  • Education

  • Master's degree in economics, finance, health care administration, public health administration, statistics, mathematics, operations research, or a directly related field required, OR six (6) years of directly related experience.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Experience with analytical manipulation and interpretation of large databases required.

  • Broad familiarity with medical practices, especially population management and process and outcomes measurement preferred.

  • Experience with MVS/TSO operating systems preferred.

  • Microsoft Office skills required.

  • Exceptional analytic and critical thinking skills, writing skills, communication skills, consulting skills, and ability to work within a team.

  • Ability to express complex analytical and technical information to senior management or to audiences with clinical training.

  • Must be an independent self-starter.

  • Proven leadership in consulting and, for some areas, project management.

  • Must exhibit efficiency, collaboration, candor, openness, and results orientation.

  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SQL, macros, AF, and SASGRAPH, PROC Report and statistical procedures in SAS preferred.

  • Minimum five (5) years of related analytical consulting experience, healthcare experience preferred.

  • Project management experience strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of JCL strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of KP Health Connect Inpatient, ED, Ambulatory, Scheduling and In Basket workflows and data structure preferred.  

  • Medical Center/Office Building Operations experience preferred.  

  • Critical Thinking Skills, including ability to review and understand complex requests for information and to produce high quality relevant reports in a short time frame necessary.  

  • Able to prepare sensitive information and communicate directly to senior management and KP executives. 

  • Contributes to BSR infrastructure (e.g. training, mentoring/delegating appropriately, client relations).
  • Primary Location: California,Pasadena,Regional Offices-Walnut 393 E. Walnut St. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:30 AM Working Hours End: 5:15 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Information Technology Department: Business Systems & Reporting Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
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