Senior Data Scientist

at Highmark Health in Springfield, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Company :

Highmark Health

Job Description :


This job builds new analytical solutions which inform business processes and operations at the heart of our advanced analytics capability. The incumbent designs, executes and synthesizes point analytics to support specific business questions, programs or initiatives. The incumbent is a data-driven problem solver who understands and utilizes the Organization’s business partner’s strategies, goals and processes to answer critical business questions by leveraging and synthesizing the large volume and variety of data available to them. Draws on tools and methods from statistics and machine learning to perform analysis, create predictive models, visualize data, and drive projects through to delivery of the intended outcome. Continuously scans and tests new data sources, tools, and analytical techniques and partners with leading institutions and experts to contribute to our portfolio of next-generation analytic projects.


+ Work directly with the business to understand their business processes and aims, then identify how analytical solutions could help deliver value for them. This would include being accountable for:

- Outlining complex new use cases + creating high level impact estimates

- Identifying data elements needed and where to get them (including proxies)

- Assembling data sets independently using knowledge of Highmark operational and analytic data structures

- Deliver the analytical solution to a complex business problem

- Documenting objectives, assumptions and processes in line with our standards

+ Select and apply the appropriate advanced modeling/machine learning techniques to these data sets to deliver business insight, ensuring that the final analysis is well researched, accurate, and documented. This requires: Experience with a substantial number of advanced analytical techniques and proficiency in a few, evidenced by in-depth knowledge and delivery record (for example regression models, tree-based learning, neural networks, clustering techniques, natural language processing)

+ Consult with the business to contextualize and translate the results of our analysis in a form which the business can understand and act upon. This will include: Written reports, presentation and data visualizations, and draws clear lines between the high-level problem specifications for colleagues and stakeholders, the analyses performed, and how the results link directly back to business objectives, and work with colleagues to deliver implementation which drives frontline workflow.

+ Plan, prepare and deliver/coordinate all elements of the analysis at the direction of a manager in such a way that it is delivered on time, to a high standard and ready to implement on a production basis (including dissemination through the Organization’s user systems). This includes identifying the best route to implementation (developing the analytical solution accordingly).

+ Research self- directed new analytical skills and approaches, building relationships internally and externally to transfer knowledge and maintain their position as subject matter experts, consult with fellow data scientists and analysts to guide analysis and deliver larger projects.

+ Other duties as assigned or requested.



+ Master’s Degree in Analytics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer and Information Science, Engineering or closely related field OR Bachelor’s degree in Analytics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer and Information Science, Engineering plus 3 years of experience in lieu of Master’s degree


+ None



+ 2 years Data Science

+ 0 (if PhD Education)


+ None



+ None


+ None


+ Analysis of business problems/needs

+ Analytical and Logical Reasoning/Thinking

+ Collaborative Problem Solving

+ Data Analysis with SQL, BigQuery

+ Statistical Analysis with Python, R

+ Written & Oral Presentation Skills

+ Basic proto-typing/front end skills ?

Language (other than English)


Travel Requirement

0% – 25%


Position Type


Teaches / trains others regularly


Travel regularly from the office to various work sites or from site-to-site


Works primarily out-of-the office selling products/services (sales employees)


Physical work site required


Lifting: up to 10 pounds


Lifting: 10 to 25 pounds


Lifting: 25 to 50 pounds


Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Compliance Requirement: This position adheres to the ethical and legal standards and behavioral expectations as set forth in the code of business conduct and company policies.

As a component of job responsibilities, employees may have access to covered information, cardholder data, or other confidential customer information that must be protected at all times. In connection with this, all employees must comply with both the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices and Privacy Policies and Procedures as well as all data security guidelines established within the Company’s Handbook of Privacy Policies and Practices and Information Security Policy.

Furthermore, it is every employee’s responsibility to comply with the company’s Code of Business Conduct. This includes but is not limited to adherence to applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations as well as company policies and training requirements.

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Base pay is determined by a variety of factors including a candidate’s qualifications, experience, and expected contributions, as well as internal peer equity, market, and business considerations. The displayed salary range does not reflect any geographic differential Highmark may apply for certain locations based upon comparative markets.

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Job Posting: JC248168462

Posted On: Sep 20, 2023

Updated On: Nov 09, 2023

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