Optum Chief Legal Officer

UnitedHealth Group
United States
Jul 05, 2024
Jul 11, 2024
Trademark Agent
Contract Type

Optum is a global organization that delivers care, aided by technology to help millions of people live healthier lives. The work you do with our team will directly improve health outcomes by connecting people with the care, pharmacy benefits, data and resources they need to feel their best. Here, you will find a culture guided by diversity and inclusion, talented peers, comprehensive benefits and career development opportunities. Come make an impact on the communities we serve as you help us advance health equity on a global scale. Join us to start Caring. Connecting. Growing together.

This Executive Leadership Team (ELT) role reports to the UnitedHealth Group (UHG) Chief Legal Officer and the Optum Chief Executive Officer, provides thought and practical leadership, and is accountable for legal and regulatory affairs teams, programs, and activities across the Optum businesses.This role develops strategies and leads a team of attorneys and other legal professionals to ensure the necessary day–to–day business support to achieve successful performance and results. This role leads the Optum Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs (LCRA) Executive Council and is a critical member of the UHG LCRA senior leadership team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage, lead, and develop a team of professionals dedicated to supporting all Optum lines of business and functional areas
  • Manage and oversee external legal counsel as needed, ensuring cost–effective and high–quality legal representation
  • Effectively build and strengthen relationships with constituents across the organization to understand the business issues and effectively manage legal risk
  • Develop, translate, and execute effective legal strategies to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations for Optum lines of business
  • Provide legal counsel and guidance to executive leadership on a wide range of legal issues impacting the company's operations, including regulatory compliance, corporate governance, contracts, litigation, and intellectual property
  • Work at the highest advisory level to perform the most complex legal analysis and assignments
  • Identify legal and regulatory trends that may impact the business and keep executives abreast of trends /changes
  • Protect and represent the organization's rights in contract negotiations, settlements, and litigation
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key government regulatory authorities
  • Assist in the review, preparation and negotiation of various products, documents and contracts associated withOptum lines ofbusiness

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:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school
  • Minimum of 20 years of legal experience, with a focus on healthcare law, either in a law firm or in–house counsel role
  • Experience in interacting with state and federal regulators
  • Proven track record of providing strategic legal advice to senior executives and navigating complex legal issues in the healthcare industry
  • Solid leadership skills with demonstrated ability in managing and developing others, including leading and developing large teams and overseeing outside counsel
  • Excellent written and oral communication, strategic decision–making, analytic, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to drive results and effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders at all levels in a heavily matrixed environment
  • Professional experience demonstrating Enterprise Insight, Critical Thinking and Uncertainty and Ambiguity Comfort
  • Ability to effectively build and nurture relationships with constituents across the enterprise to understand business issues and effectively manage legal risk
  • Commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards and maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Familiarity with the laws and regulations governing healthcare

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Litigation and government investigation experience

All employees working remotely will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter Policy.

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington Residents Only: The salary range for California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington residents is $525,000–$625,000 per year. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to local labor markets, education, work experience, certifications, etc. UnitedHealth Group complies with all minimum wage laws as applicable. 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

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes – an enterprise priority reflected in our mission .

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.