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University of Utah Health Value Engineer, Sr. in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

Senior Value Engineers are process improvement experts who apply lean six sigma (LSS) principles and methods to healthcare processes to increase value at University of Utah Health Care where value is defined by the value equation: Value = (Quality+Service)/Cost.

Senior Value Engineers apply LSS expertise at a black belt level to patient value streams. They provide leadership, facilitation, coaching, teaching, and consultative technical support to UUHC process owners. Value Engineering is part of Strategic Initiatives which reports to the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Quality Officer.

Senior Value Engineers execute their work with humility, respect, and resilience. They take direction and receive constructive feedback in the spirit of opportunity and growth. They may adopt one or more specialty knowledge areas.

This position is not responsible for providing care to patients.


  • Facilitates multidisciplinary teams by partnering with clinical, operational, and administrative teams.

  • Develops and maintains collaborative working relationships with internal clients.

  • Executes basic project management including identifying obstacles and escalating when appropriate.

  • Selects and performs process analyses. Some analyses require inferential statistics.

  • Collaborates with sibling departments to execute system level process improvement and monitor performance metrics.

  • Coaches teams and leaders on LSS principles and techniques.

  • Assesses cultural readiness, and makes on-the-spot judgments about when to push for change and how hard.

  • Develops and delivers value improvement training in client or classroom settings.

  • Provides expert consultation and advice to sponsors, champions, and executives.

  • Assesses value improvement work goals for alignment with strategic goals and policies.

  • Attends variety of meetings, conferences, and seminars as required or directed.

  • Gains an understanding our culture, operational strategy, market, and patient populations.

  • Identifies process improvement opportunities within the Value Engineering department.

  • Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility, and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.

  • Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to manage self (self-motivating, self-disciplined): Work in teams with minimal daily input from management.

  • Ability to work independently and adapt in a fast-changing work environment.

  • Ability to Initiate and manage projects with initially vague goals and boundaries.

  • Ability to facilitate teams. Help colleagues find the best paths within LSS principles.

  • Ability to share information openly and proactively: organize details of multiple, related issues to present in a logical, cohesive format.

  • Develop solutions to complex problems and explain them to stakeholders.

  • Demonstrate consistency in high-quality performance and a bias for action.

  • Ability to listen well so you can better understand.

  • Ability to communicate concisely and articulately in speech and writing.

  • Analytical thinking, process thinking, and an instinctive understanding of process variation.

  • Excellent judgment and objectivity.

  • Experience as a facilitator of culture change.

  • Strong communication & presentation skills.

  • Strong sense of ownership and personal accountability.


Qualifications Required

  • Six years' experience applying LSS with demonstrated success.

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • ASQ Black Belt Certification or equivalent

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office especially Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • MBA or equivalent preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This is a sedentary position that may exert up to 10 pounds and may lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. This position involves sitting most of the time and is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Physical Requirements

Listening, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Heath Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 50178
Reg/Temp Regular
Employment Type Full-Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule 8 - 5
Location Name Business Services Building
Patient Care? No
State UT
Category Business / Administration