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Principal Release Train Engineer

Job ID: R-017609 Date posted: 09/14/2021 Primary Location SC-Fort Mill

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 19,000 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 objective 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 Release Train Engineer is responsible for guiding multiple Scrum teams through the use of Agile / Scrum practices and values for the purpose of delivering quality software and solutions to the organization.  This role is responsible for conducting Scrum of Scrum or SAFe ART processes and ceremonies when in a team-of-teams model.  You must build trusted relationships with the team and with their stakeholders (Product Managers, Solutions Managers, etc.) to ensure the needs of all team members are being met.

You will perform all prescribed release train engineering for multiple trains where duties including, but not limited to removing impediments for the team and / or team-of-teams, inspecting performance through key team metrics and facilitating process improvement discussions to optimize the team's or team-of-team's reliability, predictability, and output.

This role is responsible for assisting in the delivery of software solutions by maintaining information radiators (metrics) and making them transparent to management by keeping the teams focused on the right priorities, and ensuring the team is continuously improving. The unique skills required for effective performance in this job include product and release planning, stakeholder management, risk management, agile ceremony facilitation, and an understanding of a variety of software delivery methods.

Additionally, the Principal Release Train Engineer is responsible for adhering to overall standards for the Scrum Master discipline, and mentoring Scrum Masters to ensure capabilities and skills are growing.  You may lead the Scrum Community of Practice or a subcommittee of the community of practice.  In addition, you are expected to participate in Enterprise process improvement efforts and be an advocate of change for Information Technology.

Responsibilities:

  • Conducts team-of-team ceremonies including Program Increment (PI) Planning events for release trains

  • Helps identify and remove impediments, escalates impediments to the product and solutions manager, recommends ways to resolve impediments, and influences leadership to take action on these recommendations

  • Helps team inspect and adapt process through retrospectives, data / metrics tracking and creating a safe, trusting environment with space to grow

  • Assists with internal and external communication and improving transparency by creating visible information radiators (burn-downs, velocity chart, etc.), dashboards and demos

  • Supports Product Manager and/or Program Manager with communication materials for senior leadership that are clear, concise and visually appealing

  • Holds team (Product, Development, QA, and team members) accountable for delivery commitments and supports execution through understanding of priority and sequencing required to deliver efficiently

  • Forecast and track budget for train and teams in train

  • Ensures team’s backlogs are sufficiently full at all times (at minimum 3-4 sprints worth of work defined)

  • Practices adaptive-leadership and promotes learning in others by building relationships with cross-functional stakeholders, communicating information and providing advice to drive efforts forward, influencing team members within assigned unit, adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities

  • Partners internally and externally to make effective decisions, solving complex problems, escalating high priority issues or impediments as appropriate, monitoring progress and results and recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities

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.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, MIS or related field

  • 5-10 years of IT or related business experience. 

  • 8+ years of experience working in a large matrixed organization

  • Experience managing a budget of $10M+

  • 5+ years of experience with Agile methodologies including Kanban, TDD, and toolsets such as Planview, LeanKit, Atlassian suite, Aha

  • 5+ years of experience operating in the Scaled Agile Framework

  • SAFe RTE certification

Preferences:

  • 8+ years of experience in a software development team

  • 8+ years of experience delivering IT solutions through Agile methodology

  • 5+ years of leadership experience with direct report responsibility

  • 5+ years of financial services industry experience

  • Experience working on projects or programs requiring the integration of cross-functional technology and/or business solutions

  • Experience in managing large multi-geography (global) teams

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 @lplfinancial.com 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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