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Job Description

Job Title: Senior Statistician, HPL- Medicare/ SNP STARS
Job ID: 706488890
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Health Plan
Department: Medicare/SNP STARS
Location: 600 Grant St, Pittsburgh PA 15219


UPMC Health Plan's Medicare/SNP STARS team is seeking a Senior Statistician!

This role is responsible for comprehensive analysis of data and information for quality improvement related work. To successfully perform the role, the Senior Statistician must understand report design and statistical analysis as well as the causes of trends and anomalies in data. The incumbent must also have the ability to translate program goals and objectives into testable hypotheses. The incumbent must use their knowledge and understanding of information available through numerous data sources to identify opportunities to improve reporting and quality performance across a variety of metrics. Furthermore, the position requires the ability to articulate these opportunities to internal and external audiences in both oral and written format, implement the solutions, and track and monitor progress. These functions must be done while also weighing the practical considerations and potential barriers that must be overcome to successfully implement new programs and processes. Must also assist with prioritization and oversight of the work of the department.

• Use analyses to describe quality performance and identify quality performance opportunities across a variety of metrics.
• Use analyses to evaluate the relative effectiveness of programs in improving quality performance.
• Prepares and distributes work assignments to direct reports
• Develops and maintains working relationships with internal departments, and external contacts as appropriate
• Maintains policies and procedures of the team / department
• Manage routine & special projects which may require oversight of other departments' work and coordination of a wide variety of functions
• Design and perform reports and statistical analyses, and then be able to explain this analysis to a non-technical audience of both internal and external customers including senior management and physicians;
• Implement and monitor effectiveness of these solutions
• Work with data team to generate and organize constructs necessary for data analysis
• Oversee and supervise the work of staff and serve as reference point for questions on day-to-day basis
• Monitor program results against appropriate benchmarks
• Identifies departmental needs and reports to management as appropriate
• Reports staff productivity on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis
• Investigate variances in data and derive solutions to quality issues
• Meet deadlines and turnaround times set by the department director (these deadlines and turnaround times will, on occasion, require the employee to work until the project is completed, meaning extended daily work hours, extended work weeks, or both)


  • Master's degree in mathematics, statistics or biostatistics, or a related field is required. PHD preferred. 
  • Minimum of five years' experience with statistical analysis.  
  • Experience in health care insurance or health care industry preferred, but those with relevant experience in other industries will be considered.  
  • Superior computer skills are a given, with knowledge in SQL and relevant software packages such as, but not limited to, Stata, SAS, R, and Access. 
  • Incumbent must demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, enthusiasm, autonomy and initiative on a daily basis. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment a must. 
  • Will need to manage multiple tasks and projects, and forge strong interpersonal relationships within the department, with other departments, and with external audiences. 
  • Attention to detail is critical to the success of this position, with demonstrated competency in customer orientation and the ability to deal with ambiguity. 
  • Excellent project management, planning, communication, documentation, organizational, analytical, and problem solving abilities required.  
  • Advanced mathematical skills including statistics required. 
  • Ability to interpret and summarize results of various analyses in a timely and meaningful way. Ability to effectively approach problem solving. 
  • Ability to monitor project progress and communicate interim and final results to senior management.  
  • Ability to re-engineer processes to positively impact productivity in terms of timeliness and accuracy. 
  •  Ability to work independently. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Experience preparing results for publication in peer-reviewed journals preferred.

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UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $35.66 to $60.38 / hour

Union Position: No

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