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Vice President, Platform Engineering - Compute

Job ID: R-024544 Date posted: 07/19/2022 Primary Location SC-Fort Mill Other Locations TX-Austin , NC-Charlotte , NC-Greensboro ,NC-Raleigh

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 VP, Infrastructure Engineering - Compute will lead platform engineering organization responsible for enterprise compute hosting platforms. As a senior leader in I&O organization, you will have the opportunity to define/execute compute platform engineering standards and roadmap for on-prem and hybrid-cloud. This role will be accountable for hardware (Cisco UCS), hypervisor (VMWare), Operating Systems (Windows/Linux/AIX) and Active Directory infrastructure.


  • Develop and lead infrastructure platform engineering team responsible for enterprise compute hosting platforms; accountable for the development of infrastructure engineering principles, guidelines, tools, and standards
  • Accelerate infrastructure transformation to provision / manage infrastructure through infrastructure as code (IaC) to enable self-service and reduce handoffs.  
  • Integrate/automate deployment of highly available infrastructure including compute, hypervisor, network, storage and security across hybrid cloud platform 
  • Collaborate with IT stakeholders to develop, communicate and execute a multi-year technology strategy to simplify architecture and delivery model
  • Design/build/migrate core infrastructure platforms and services to Equinix data centers to improve overall availability, performance and scalability 
  • Ensure proper platform management of infrastructure including patching, lifecycle management, capacity planning, license management
  • Provide Tier 3 engineering support ensuring effective 24x7x365 support for assigned technology including vendor escalation 
  • Partner with Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity organizations to integrate disaster recovery processes with day-to-day technology engineering and operations
  • Build / Maintain strong partnerships with IT stakeholders including Delivery Engineering, Application Development, Architecture, Security and Operations
  • Foster and drive organizational change through technology and process optimization
  • Establish KPIs to measure organization performance and effectiveness 
  • Develop/Maintain security controls, comprehensive patching & vulnerability remediation
  • Manage ongoing vendor relationships including evaluation products and services 
  • Manage and deliver on complex infrastructure initiatives 
  • Develop / attract / retain top talent to build and maintain a world class organization
  • Identify and eliminate risks in the environment that threaten stability, resiliency, performance, 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 environment, are client-focused, team oriented, and are able to execute in a way that encourages creativity and continuous improvement.


  • 10+ years of experience building/leading distributed teams within an engineering organization
  • 10+ years of progressive leadership experience working within large, global financial institutions
  • 5+ years of experience building enterprise hosting solutions (ie Cisco UCS, HP, Dell, VMWare, Nutanix)
  • 5+ years of experience leading infrastructure platforms including on-prem, public and private cloud environments. 

Core Competencies:

  • Proven track record of infrastructure transformation focused on infrastructure-as-code (IaC) for end-to-end infrastructure deployment automation
  • Proven track record developing, communicating and executing multi-year technology strategy and roadmaps
  • Proven track record leading migration of infrastructure and platforms to new data centers and/or AWS
  • Proven track record delivering hyper converged infrastructure platforms and tiered services ( physical & logical layer)
  • Proven track record with IT Service Management (ITIL and ITMS)
  • Ability to lead large enterprise infrastructure projects
  • 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
  • Agile mindset; Possess a thorough understanding of modern work practices such as DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Agile project Delivery
  • Extensive experience using system management configuration tools (Ansible, Puppet, Terraform, CF) to manage compute infrastructure at scale
  • Extensive experience working in large technology ecosystems with emphasis on integrating multiple externally facing high scale, high volume, always-on mission-critical systems
  • Highly collaborative with experience in leading and influencing teams 


  • Hardware (Cisco UCS, Dell, HP)
  • VMware / Nutanix / Microsoft / Active Directory / RedHat Linux/AIX
  • CI/CD (GitHub, Atlassian, Jenkins, Puppet, Terraform, Ansible, CloudFormation, JSON, YAML)
  • ALZ, ECS, EKS, API Gateway, ELB, RDS, CloudWatch, PaloAlto, Direct Connect, VPN Gateway, Private Link, Transit Gateway, Storage Gateway, Glacier, EBS, EFS, S3, Lamdba, CodePipeline, Gitlab, Jira,Terraform, CouldFront, 
  • Agile Methodologies: Scrum/Kanban
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong executive presence

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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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