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UnitedHealth Group Lead Big Data Engineer - Telecommute in Illinois

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)

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who can learn things quickly who is enthusiastic, active, and eager to learn.

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


  • Design, code,test, document, and maintain high-quality and scalable Big Data solutions

  • Design,develop and implement rules engines

  • Research,evaluate, and deploy new tools, frameworks and patterns to build sustainableBig Data platform

  • Identify gapsand opportunities for improvement of existing solutions

  • Define anddevelop APIs for integration with various data sources in the enterprise

  • Analyze anddefine customer requirements

  • Assist indefining product technical architecture

  • Make accuratedevelopment effort estimates to assist management in project and resourceplanning

  • Create prototypes, proof-of-concepts & designand code reviews

  • Collaboratewith management, quality assurance, architecture, and other development teams

  • Writetechnical documentation and participate in production support

  • Keep skillsup to date through ongoing self-directed training

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.


  • Bachelor'sdegree in a technical field, or equivalent experience

  • 9+ years ofhands-on Software Development experience

  • 7 years ofdevelopment experience with Java or Scala, XML, Web Services

  • 5+ years ofprevious relational database experience

  • 4+ years ofexperience in Hadoop, MapReduce, HDFS, Spark, Streaming

  • 2+ years ofexperience in Kafka, streaming, NoSQL databases (Cassandra/Hbase preferred),Docker, Kubernetes

  • Ifyou need to enter a work site for any reason, you will be required to screenfor symptoms using the ProtectWell mobile app, Interactive Voice Response(i.e., entering your symptoms via phone system) or similar UnitedHealth Group-approvedsymptom screener. When in a UnitedHealth Group building, employees are requiredto wear a mask in common areas. In addition, employees must comply with anystate and local masking orders


  • Previousexperience with Agile/SCRUM methodology/best practices

  • Previousexperience and successful track-record of learning new tools and technologiesand leveraging these on integration and implementation projects

  • Thoroughunderstanding of service-oriented architecture (SOA) concepts

  • 2+ years ofexperience in drools

  • Experience ininfrastructure services on at least one major cloud platform (Azure preferred)

  • Healthcareindustry experience

  • Formaltraining and/or certification in any of the above-mentioned tools andtechnologies

  • Advanceddegree in a technical field

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)

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy

Diversitycreates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal EmploymentOpportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants willreceive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexualorientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, geneticinformation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealthGroup is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug testbefore beginning employment.

Job Keywords: Big Data, Agile Scrum, Software Development, Hadoop, Kafka