Software Engineer

Genius Within

Eden Prairie, MN, USA Remote


US$60-90k (weekly)

Computer Science / Software Engineering / Hybrid Remote

Jan 17

Neurodiversity Hiring Program – Technology Development Program: Software Engineer 

 Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet – technology and healthcare – with a culture of performance, collaboration, and opportunity and this is what you get Optum. Optum is proud to be leading technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions.  

 About Optum 

 Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, is a leading information and technology-enabled health services company serving more than 127 million consumers, delivering the right care when and how it’s needed. We are dedicated to evolving health care so everyone can have the opportunity to live their healthiest life. 

 Our approach to technology isn’t about designing another app to fix health care. It’s about connecting patients and members to their care teams, payers to providers, and ultimately connecting a disconnected health system so that it works better for the people it was created to serve. 

 About the Neurodiversity Hiring Program 

 At Optum, we know the extraordinary happens when we value, include, and learn from diverse people and perspectives. That’s why we’re committed to building an innovative culture where every team member is empowered to do their best work, where our diversity fuels our performance, and where we leverage our collective power to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. 

 We are committed to creating a culture where diversity is celebrated, equity is realized, and inclusion is embraced. Embracing Neurodiversity means we are committed to the equality and inclusion of people who experience, process, understand, communicate, and think about the world differently. 

 The Neurodiversity Hiring Program seeks to attract talented Neurodivergent candidates - Neurodivergence encompasses a wide range of cognitive and neurological differences such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Tourette’s, and others. Our program takes a strengths-based approach to recruitment and hiring by providing alternative ways for candidates to highlight their skills and unique talents. Our program also provides individualized support and training needed for career growth and success in the workplace. 

 Optum’s Technology Development Program (the job):  

 The Technology Development Program (TDP) at Optum includes 12 consecutive months of training with the option of rotating into a new role after the first six months in the program. As a TDP associate, you’ll gain invaluable experience and learn from leading innovators as a member of one or more of our many technology teams engaged in life-changing work. TDP offers associate positions in a variety of domains, as well as a development curriculum, mentoring from technology leaders, networking and collaboration opportunities and the ability to work remotely. 

 Key Information Regarding Software Engineering 

 Most of the jobs in the TDP are Software Engineering roles. Software engineering is the application of engineering to the design, development, implementation, testing and maintenance of software in a systematic method. The roles in this function will cover all primary development activity across all technology functions that ensure we deliver code with high quality for our applications, products and services and to understand customer needs and to develop product roadmaps. 

 Associate will write software focused on building systems that front-end engineers integrate with and data engineers use, produces REST APIs, messaging systems, and other ways of communicating business processes via software services. Additionally, this could be someone who enjoys building things people interact with directly, writing websites, mobile apps, and/or desktop apps to enable people to interact with our systems in a user-friendly and accessible way. 

 Job Specific Examples 

  • You will be a member of a 4–6-person scrum team and expected to attend daily and weekly team meetings, called scrum ceremonies, for full team alignment. Daily ceremonies will account for 30 minutes of your time. Planning ceremonies will account for a full day of your time every other week. 
  • You will be writing code to accomplish the delivery of User Stories, which are work items that are scaled to deliver iterative value to our product users. This should be approximately 70% of your day. 
  • You will be committing this code to GitHub, where it will be reviewed by peers and managers for efficiency, clarity, and standards. Code review takes about 1- 3 hours, sometimes stretched over a few days. 
  • Once your code is reviewed, you will be responsible for merging it into our codebase, scheduling a production release, and carrying out deployment with the help of the team. This task should only take about 30 minutes to an hour of your day. 
  • In working through each of the above tasks, you will be speaking with senior engineers and managers to gain clarity, as well as our Product Owner and Business Systems Analysts to understand the requirements of your User Stories. 
  • 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 

  • Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics, or other Engineering degree, IT, MIS, other technology related fields i.e., Statistics, Actuary, Cyber-security, etc., or 2-year technical college 
  • Currently in final year of obtaining a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college/university in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics, or other Engineering degree, IT, MIS, other technology related fields i.e., Statistics, Actuary, Cyber-security, etc., or 2-year technical college, or obtained degree within the last 24 months 
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship, now or in the future, for employment-based work authorization. F-1 visa holders with Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) who will require visa sponsorship, TN visa holders, current H-1B visa holders, and/or those requiring green card sponsorship will not be considered 
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation 

 Preferred Qualifications 

  • Proficient in one or more coding languages (Example: Python, Java, C, SQL, .NET) 
  • Involvement in any additional technical activities (Robotics, Comp. Science/Tech clubs, Tech or Engineering side projects, GitHub, etc.) and/or tech related employment experience 


  • The TDP Associate will work with their manager to determine the best work arrangement for their situation (in office, hybrid) though they will need to be within a commutable distance to a core site to bring back the in-person community aspects of TDP. The following are locations where this role will be available: 
  • Basking Ridge, NJ 
  • Boston, MA 
  • Cypress, CA 
  • Eden Prairie, MN 
  • Hartford, CT 
  • Irvine, CA 
  • Phoenix, AZ 
  • Raleigh, NC 
  • Schaumburg, IL 
  • Austin, TX 
  • TDP will be offering two start dates for 2023 which you are able to choose from, depending on your graduation and what works best with your schedule/plans: 
  • January 2023 
  • July 2023 

 In most office locations, you can expect: 

  • You will have an assigned desk and workspace. You will be provided with a computer, sit-stand desk, monitors, keyboard, and a comfortable chair.  
  • You will work on an office floor with other cubicles. Floors typically have a central café area with water dispensers, coffee station, fridges, a microwave, and utensil dispensers.  
  • Each floor has “scrum areas” that are open spaces with whiteboards that anyone can use to solution on, collaborate, and jot things down.  
  • Additionally, each floor has a large conference room for collaboration and smaller, closed off rooms called “huddles” that are used when a quiet space is needed or to avoid distractions. Each huddle has a monitor or large TV for displays and to better view and collaborate on work.  
  • There are also dedicated “side spaces” that have tables and comfortable chairs, plenty of white boards, and outlets and are used by teams who want to collaborate but want to avoid larger distractions.  
  • Most offices have windows, providing ample natural light with shades to adjust or block.  
  • Working with you, we will discuss your individuals needs to ensure we support you to work at your best. 

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