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Principal, Cloud Engineer

Location: Fort Mill, South Carolina

Other Locations: CA-Remote

Job ID: R-027717



LPL is an entrepreneurial, transformative financial services company, driving growth and exciting possibilities for our clients, their customers, and our own people. This is where you can dream up new ideas for financial services, deliver solutions on modern platforms, and leverage digital-first technologies – all as we become a cloud-based technology organization. Join us and discover everything you can touch with the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer firm and a Fortune 500 company.

  • Full Time
  • Level: VP

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  • Communicator
  • Proactive
  • Self-starter
  • Collaborative
  • Curious
  • Team player

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  • Maternity & Paternity Leave

  • 401(k) & ESPP

  • Professional Development

  • Flexibility

  • Health & Wellness Programs

  • Agile Environment and Collaboration

Job Description



Job ID R-027717 Date posted 02/01/2023

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:

The Principal, Cloud Engineer leads development of cloud services and platform solutions needed to host business-critical applications that differentiate LPL in the market. This is a hands-on, technical lead role in the I&O organization that will architect and develop cloud-native services to support LPL’s overall cloud strategy and migration to AWS.


  • Lead research / design / architecture / development of enterprise services on AWS Landing Zone (ALZ) utilizing IaC/IaaS/ PaaS solutions including EC2, S3, ECS, EKS, ELB, RDS, R53, Lambda, API Gateway, RDS 
  • Builds IaC solutions adhering to DevSecOps best practices utilizing tools such as Git, CloudFormation, Ansible and Terraform
  • Build scalable / resilient solutions and ensure proper instrumentation is in place for overall observability of platforms and services
  • Code / Implement guardrails to enable self-service and frictionless delivery allowing teams to build and own end-to-end applications and services in the cloud
  • Participate in Kanban delivery model to deliver sprint releases through stories/epics utilizing Jira to track all development work and track overall velocity
  • Accountable for site reliability engineering (SRE) activities to build highly available and scalable solutions and ensure problem observability of platforms / services 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to design, administer and support security of infrastructure and enterprise hosting platforms 
  • Build / Maintain strong partnerships with IT stakeholders including Delivery Engineering, Application Development, Architecture and Security

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 environmentare client-focusedteam oriented, and are able to execute in a way that encourages creativity and continuous improvement.


  • 7+ years of designing / deploying infrastructure utilizing common AWS services (EC2, S3, ECS, EKS, ELB, RDS, EFS, EBS, Route53, API Gateway)
  • Experience designing / automating VPC solutions across AWS networking services (Direct Connect, VPC Gateway, Private Link, VPC Peering, Transit Gateway) 
  • Experience designing / automating data management solutions across AWS storage services (EBS, EFS, S3, Glacier, Storage Gateway)
  • Experience designing / automating enterprise services on platform (ECS, EKS, API Gateway, ELB, RDS, S3, Glue, PostgreSQL)
  • In depth understanding on AWS Well-Architected Framework, AWS Landing Zone and DevSecOps
  • Proven track record building end-to-end automation for core infrastructure services and developing scalable platforms (IaC / PaaS)

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to convey technical solutions to the entire organization and experience working with senior leaders across the firm to leverage technology to drive positive business outcomes
  • Proven track record architecting / building serverless solutions in AWS LZ via CI/CD pipelines (Lambda , CodePipeline)
  • Possess a thorough understanding of modern work practices such as DevSecOps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Agile project Delivery, Release Engineering
  • Expert level experience using system management configuration tools (Ansible, Puppet, Terraform, CF/YAML/JSON) to deploy and manage infrastructure at scale
  •  In depth understanding on AWS Well-Architected Framework / AWS Landing Zone 
  • Extensive experience working in large technology ecosystems with emphasis on integrating multiple externally facing high scale, high volume, always-on mission-critical systems
  • Ability to convey technical solutions to the entire organization and experience working with senior leaders across the firm to leverage technology to drive positive business outcomes
  • Highly collaborative with experience in a hands-on technical leadership role


  • AWS Solutions Architect (Preferred)
  • AWS DevOps Engineer (Preferred)
  • Ansible / Puppet / Terraform Certification (Preferred)
  • Experience with open telemetry including Prometheus, Grafana, ELK, AWS Distro
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong executive presence


Pay Range:


The salary range is dependent on a number of factors, including the applicant’s skill, experience, and work location.

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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