Kaiser Permanente Senior Quality Assurance in Oakland, California
Responsible for a range of process improvement and process management activities. Activities include planning, performing, and implementing process improvement initiatives, in addition to ownership of operational processes. These initiatives may represent one portion of a larger project, or may represent a stand alone initiative or function within a work group or department. Process management functions may include data gathering and analysis, best practice research, process mapping, developing and recommending alternatives for improvement, developing performance metrics, obtaining leadership or stakeholder agreement, implementing improvements, and monitoring post-process improvement initiative performance to updated standards. Activities are undertaken and executed in support of organizational goals and are accountable for providing business process solutions to meet internal and external customer expectations. May utilize Lean/Six Sigma processes and concepts to lead process improvement initiatives. Partners with management, project champions, and process owners to execute the project and deliver results.
Data Analysis: Identifies data source, gathers and analyzes data relevant to processes identified for process improvement initiatives. May recommend data requirements.
Research: May research and summarize best practice standards relevant to process management. Makes recommendations on appropriate solutions based on research.
Process Architecture: Designs processes using defined methods. Ensures process mapping is complete; provides feedback and guidance to less senior analysts/consultants. Interviews stakeholders and process owners to define processes.
Process Recommendations: Prepares process recommendation documents, including presentations, process maps, supporting metrics, business requirements and related impact analyses for less complex processes or for portions of larger or inter-related processes. May apply Lean/Six Sigma concepts and techniques to process improvement initiatives, including completing Lean/Six Sigma analyses and tasks.
Performance Management & Control: Develops performance metrics to establish process success. Reviews data post- implementation to measure outcomes and impacts. May develop recommendations to minimize impacts.
Change Management: Participates in change management activities associated with process improvement. Engages leadership and stakeholders to obtain support and buy in for changes. Partners with management, project champions, and process owners to align process improvement initiatives with business objectives.
(For Six Sigma Black Belts): Trains other employees in Lean/Six Sigma concepts and techniques.
- Minimum two (2) years of process improvement, consulting, or related business experience.
Bachelor's degree OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
License, Certification, Registration
- Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt Certification preferred.
Knowledge of process improvement methodologies.
Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
Participated in user acceptance testing planning, test script writing, execution and results reporting.
Working knowledge of reporting writing tools, such as Tableau, Business Objects or Cognos.
Expertise with Microsoft Office Excel, Visio, Word and Powerpoint.
Hands on SQL experience
Strong communication skills, ability to keep up with technological changes, techniques and improvements, and apply those to current environment, strong customer service focus, and good organizational and time management skills.
Understanding of sales or financial information systems.
Problem solving skills including the ability to research and initiate a data extract and report that answers key questions not answerable using known sources.
History of becoming an expert on data availability and quality, gathering detailed business requirements, and the creativity to develop workable solutions for a wide range of customers.
Medicare, insurance or healthcare industry knowledge is preferred but not required
TITLE: Senior Quality Assurance
LOCATION: Oakland, California
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.