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Job ID R-025164 Date posted 09/06/2022 Primary Location SC-Fort Mill Other Locations 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!

Excited to learn more? If so, then this could be the role 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:

We are looking to hire a VP, Data Engineering Manager in the Enterprise Data organization under the direction of the SVP of Transformation, Innovation and Enablement.  This position will develop strategies and roadmaps for modernizing and remediating existing legacy platforms by leveraging existing as well as implementing new data platform capabilities.  This position will involve collaboration with business partners, Architects, Quality Assurance, Release Management, and others to plan, design, develop and implement solutions for these needs.


  • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations

  • Proficiency with at least one Object Oriented language (e.g. Java, Python, Ruby)

  • Highly proficient in SQL and knowledgeable about data acquisition, ingestion and processing concepts.

  • Working knowledge of software development methodologies like Agile

  • Strong customer focus, ownership, urgency and drive.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well in a team.

  • Effective analytical, troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.

  • Build new or extend data platform components as part of the LPL Enterprise Data Platform.

  • Solution / Design may be custom or involve one or multiple development standards/technologies.

  • Use appropriate tools to document and communicate designs. Evaluate system impacts beyond the scope of specified change.

  • Define and Develop new AWS cloud based data ingestion platform based on requirements gathering. Development includes unit testing and may involve using one or multiple tools.

  • Ensure the quality of developed and delivered applications. Create and document unit test scripts. May review scripts prepared by other application developers. Assist in the processing of test scripts. Ensure proper change control procedures are followed.

  • Proactively look for tools and methods to improve the operation of the data platform components (i.e.  Micro-services/Kubernetes, etc.)

  • Assist with conceptual design and rough order of magnitude (ROM) level of effort estimations

  • Ensure the necessary platform technical documentation is maintained in an appropriate manner.

  • Work with technology teams and business teams to ensure operational readiness of systems.

  • Provide periodic status updates to project leaders and managers.

  • Provide mentorship / coaching to other data team members.

  • Maintain current technical skills and develop new skills through formal and informal skills development regimens.

  • Provide hands on technology leadership / People management (25%)

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.


  • 5+ years of hands-on experience hiring and managing teams of Data Engineers

  • 6+ years as a hands-on Data Engineer utilizing common ETL tools like Informatica, Talend or similar.

  • 5+ years of experience with on premise and cloud based data integration tools and techniques as well as transforming legacy monolithic applications to a scalable and resilient architecture. Experience with cloud data lake and warehouse technologies

Core Competencies:

  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to analyze and break down components to identify a root cause

  • Strong project lead skills with ability to accurately estimate development and testing efforts, identify tasks on the critical path, and asses risk in the overall project

  • Proven experience in On-Premise, AWS or Azure Cloud and Hybrid environments

  • Experience with Agile software development methodologies


  • Database programming (NoSQL, SQL Server/Oracle/DB2)

  • Experience developing web applications using AWS Lambda/Glue/AirFlow/Teraform and other AWS native technologies

  • Knowledge of Metadata and Data Lineage

  • Experience with design and implementation of DevOps and CI/CD tools

  • Experience with design, implementation and lead adoption of containers technologies (Docker, Kubernetes)

  • Experience with using JMeter, BlazeMeter or similar performance testing tools

  • Experience working with Jira, Jenkins, GitHub / Bitbucket, TFS, Junit or Other Unit Test frameworks

  • Experience with Snowflake and Redshift



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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