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Distinguished Architect - Trading Platforms and Technology

Job ID: R-020070 Date posted: 06/14/2022 Primary Location CA-Remote Other Locations TX-Austin , SC-Fort Mill , CA-Remote

Are you a team player? Are you curious to learn? Are you interested in working in meaningful projects? Do you want to work with cutting-edge technology? Are you interested in being part of a team that is working to transform and do things differently? If so, LPL Financial is the place for you!

LPL Financial (Nasdaq: LPLA) was founded on the principle that the firm should work for the advisor, and not the other way around. Today, LPL is a leader* in the markets we serve, supporting more than 18,000 financial advisors, 800 institution-based investment programs and 450 independent RIA firms nationwide. We are steadfast in our commitment to the advisor-centered model and the belief that Americans deserve access to personalized guidance from a financial advisor. At LPL, independence means that advisors have the freedom they deserve to choose the business model, services, and technology resources that allow them to run their perfect practice. And they have the freedom to manage their client relationships, because they know their clients best. Simply put, we take care of our advisors, so they can take care of their clients.

Job Overview:

This is a newly created position to join one of the largest independent broker-dealers as Distinguished Architect - Trading Platforms and Technology.  This Lead Architect will lead definition of the target-state architecture for Trading at LPL as well as the phases that enable said target-state.  This includes supporting the Broker Dealer, Advisory, and models in support of capabilities for both our Advisors and their clients.  They will also be a key contributor to driving the broader enterprise architecture strategy across the organization. Each Distinguished Architect is a key senior leader and individual contributor charged with designing and stewarding mission critical parts of LPL Financial’s technology and product strategies and solutions, with this one focused specifically on Trading. This individual ensures that the business strategy, along with relevant industry trends and regulatory standards, is expressed in and enabled through solution and product architecture.

As a senior leader responsible for crafting end-to-end solutions architecture, this position partners with business, product, and technology leaders and stakeholders to define target-state architecture, inclusive of upstream and downstream dependencies, along with the increments required to achieve that target-state. This role brings unique perspective to LPL Financial’s strategy development, identifies the enterprise implications for transformation efforts, and leads the approach to enacting change across both technical and business systems.

Year one expectations:

  • Immerse yourself in the company’s business vision and strategy and dive into a mission-critical product area to develop a deep understanding of the business and technology domain, including internal and external actors as well as the collection of end-to-end dependencies.

  • Partner with business and technology stakeholders to construct a Blueprint that articulates a 3-year business and technology aligned target-state and roadmap for the product area in question. 

  • Contribute broadly to LPL’s solution architecture work and platform foundations, including API definition, framework and reusable asset identification, and find synergies in business requirements that enable efficiency, enterprise reuse, and enhanced business outcomes.

  • Contribute broadly to and evangelize the company’s architecture strategy, principles, and processes.

  • Develop relationships with business and technology leadership and teams and establish feedback loops that enable both personal and organization continuous improvement.


  • Interface with key business and IT leaders for the purpose of understanding priorities and delivering modern product architecture strategies and solutions that enable the company’s vision and extraordinary growth.

  • Serve as an expert for enterprise architecture tools, technology, and standards while providing architectural and strategic consulting in the areas of external trends, best practices and adherence to standards.

  • Research, develop, and implement innovative solutions across the architecture to enable strategic objectives.

  • Understand, advocate, and support enterprise technology, digital, and data strategies; monitor and analyze the technology environment to detect deficiencies and recommend improvements.

  • Lead and facilitate the creation of governing principles to guide information, technology, and solution decision making for the enterprise.

  • Lead the effective application of enterprise architecture principles through a deep understanding of the architecture discipline, processes, concepts and best practices.

  • Be accountable for the definition and development of principles, guidelines, services, components, tools, standards, assets and frameworks required to support LPL Financial’s architecture.

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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field

  • 3-5 years’ experience in Trading technology domains, which has led to both Trading business and technology expertise, including knowledge of retail and private wealth trading. 

  • Experience designing and implementing strategic roadmaps along with the governance mechanisms to achieve them.

  • Hands-on experience developing architecture blueprints, systems diagrams, data models, process flows, data flows, and other key architecture deliverables.

  • Expertise in cloud computing and cloud native software architectures with focus on AWS.

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to convey technical solutions clearly and build versus buy evaluations to the entire organization and experience working with senior leaders across the firm to leverage technology in the pursuit of business outcomes.

  • Adept at defining IT vision and strategy, including cloud adoption roadmaps, and identification of initiatives that lead to target state architectures and outcomes.

  • Continuous learner especially in emerging areas of technology, modern work practices and digital transformation.

  • Possess a thorough understanding of modern work practices such as DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Lean Enterprise/Lean Startup and Enterprise Agile.

  • Demonstrate competency in innovative, strategic thinking, and leadership with strong abilities in relationship management.

  • Experience working and leading in matrixed, fast-moving environments.

  • Extensive experience working in large technology ecosystems with emphasis on integrating multiple externally facing high scale, high volume, always-on mission-critical systems


  • A master’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields is preferred.

  • Expertise in equities, Mutual Funds, ETFs, options, annuities, and structured products as well as pricing and market information.


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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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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