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Principal Data Architect

Job ID: R-014980 Date posted: 08/26/2021 Primary Location TX-Austin Other Locations SC-Fort Mill , CA-San Diego

Do you have a successful track record in leading organizations to embrace data as a strategic asset and driving forward innovations in the overall data space while actively learning from the broader industry? If so, LPL Financial is the place for you!

LPL Financial is one of the nation's leading financial services companies and a publicly traded company under ticker symbol LPLA.  We support over 18,000 financial professionals—including over 14,000 independent advisors, more than 700 financial institutions, and over 4,000 institutional clearing and technology subscribers. We enable advisors to focus on their clients by reducing the complexity of running their practice and we support their business by offering enabling technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research. At LPL, we take care of our advisors, so they can take care of their clients. And Technology is at the center of our mission.

Job Overview:

The Principal Data Architect is responsible for the leadership, analysis, and design of the Enterprise Data Architecture (EDA) for the Merger & Acquisition (M&A) group supporting our extraordinary company growth projections and digital experiences vision.


  • Leading Enterprise Data Architecture Modeling and designs leveraging cross-domain architects and leadership to create the best technical design delivering  domain driven, Saleable Services based solutions that eliminate fate sharing across teams supporting M&A

  • Blueprint Data Architecture, including multi-year transitions and recommendations to drive transformation and modernization for M&A and Enterprise

  • Collaborate with business, product, and technology teams early in the M&A and product lifecycle to infuse end-to-end architecture thinking, including functional and non-functoinal aspects, into the conversation.  Craft high-level design early in the lifecycle and elaborate it to lower levels of detail as conversation progress.

  • Collaborating with Lean Portfolio Management to provide a high-level vision of enterprise data solutions and development initiatives

  • Assisting the Agile Program Management Office (ACDC) to identify and design development value streams

  • Participating in the strategy for building and maintaining the modern enabling data architectural runway initiatives via Enabler Epics

  • Promoting Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevSecOps capabilities

  • Facilitating the reuse of code, components, and proven patterns supporting data and modern architecture

  • Deliver Data Architecture in alignment with our Enterprise Architecture standards and advocate for Enterprise Architecture models and patterns.

What are we looking for?

We want strong collaborators who can deliver a world-class client experience. We are looking for people who thrive in a fast-paced environment, are client-focused, team oriented, and are able to execute in a way that encourages creativity and continuous improvement.


  • 8+ years of hands-on design and implementation experience in IT,

  • 3+ years of experience in the following technical disciplines: application development, middleware, database management or operations, security, integration

  • Prior Cloud experience

  • Previous experience as a Data Architect

Core Competencies:

  • Proficiency in defining current and future state Data Architecture models

  • In depth knowledge of cloud data platforms AWS(Primary) and Azure(Secondary)

  • Experience and expertise designing, implementing or maintaining the following: Master Data Management solutions, Data Marketplace solutions, Data Science Platforms and Productizing Data, Enterprise Analytics solutions

  • Expertise in designing and building SQL, no-SQL, big data, GraphDB, APIs, and streaming solutions

  • Experience/exposure with one or more of the following Neural Networks, machine learning, deep learning and NLP tools and frameworks

  • Experience in migrating monolith on-prem applications to cloud using Refactoring, Rearchitecting and Re-platforming approach including 12 factor

  • Experience in DevOps tools, Automated deployments and containerization

  • Excellent communication skills that translate business problems in technical solutions

  • Consult with customers to solve business problems by adapting current technology and/or capitalizing on emerging technology for competitive advantage to meet the strategic objectives of M&A

  • Conduct demonstrations and presentations to executive management of prototypes and proof-of-concepts.

  • Understanding of agile methods (SAFe) and processes, and capability of supporting agile product teams by providing advice and guidance on opportunities, impact and risks, taking account of technical and architectural debt


  • Previous proven Data Architecture include contributing to or progressing the following: Enterprise Data Modeling, Information Architecture Modeling, Information Analysis Modeling, Physical Data Modeling, Enterprise Data Governance Functions and Frameworks - Standards, Policies, Processes, QA, Enterprise Data Technology Landscape, Enterprise Information Analysis Maps, Reference, Master, Meta Data and Document Practices, Data Virtualization, Data Streaming, Operational Data Store, Data Warehouse, Data Management Practice including Stewardship and Life Cycle Management

  • AWS Certification

Why LPL? 

At LPL, we believe that objective financial guidance is a fundamental need for everyone. As the nation’s leading independent broker-dealer, we offer an integrated platform of proprietary technology, brokerage, and investment advisor services. We provide you with a work environment that encourages your creativity and growth, a leadership team that is supportive and responsive, and the opportunity to create a career that has no limits, only amazing potential.

We are one team on one mission. We take care of our advisors, so they can take care of their clients.

Because our company is not too big and not too small, you can seize the opportunity to make a real impact. We are committed to supporting workplace equality, and we embrace the different perspectives and backgrounds of our employees.We also care for our communities, and we encourage our employees to do the same. This creates an environment in which you can do your best work.

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Join the LPL team and help us make a difference by turning life’s aspirations into financial realities. Please log in or create an account to apply to this position. Principals only. EOE.

Information on Interviews:

LPL will only communicate with a job applicant directly from an email address and will never conduct an interview online or in a chatroom forum.  During an interview, LPL will not request any form of payment from the applicant, or information regarding an applicant’s bank or credit card.  Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact LPL’s Human Resources Solutions Center at (800) 877-7210.

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