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Job ID R-024580 Date posted 08/29/2022 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!

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:

LPL is seeking a VP of Capacity Planning that will have responsibility for on-premise and cloud production capacity required by the IT organization to meet business demands.  As a newly defined role and leader for capacity management you will be responsible for building the program from the ground up.


  • Responsible for capacity planning and for development of metrics in the organization

  • Assess and categorize existing infrastructure and cloud investments.

  • Continually improve the plan according to business priorities

  • Monitor key metrics and effectiveness of planning

  • Develop short and long-term forecast models that outline IT’s capacity needs

  • Work with internal IT business units and finance to insure alignment

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.


  • Experience collaborating across multiple business units such as ITAM, finance, architecture, and engineering teams.

  • Ability to communicate plans to senior leadership as needed to garner support for investments

  • Minimum of five years of experience in managing and developing IT processes and supporting tools.

  • Minimize the impacts on the business caused by capacity and availability related issues in the infrastructure and to proactively prevent the occurrence of incidents and problems.

  • Knowledge of developing and managing capacity and availability plans

  • Capacity monitoring and diagnosing deficiencies to improve the availability and readiness of IT services

Core Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, both oral and written, with the ability to articulate and educate others about complex technology with business acumen.

  • Works in a strategic consultative capacity providing coaching, advice and counsel to business stakeholders/partners balancing business need/solutions with influencing an integrated approach to program implementation

  • Demonstrated ability to develop future capacity requirements and identify/resolve existing capacity issues.

  • Ability to develop a repeatable reporting model (KPI’s) that illustrates the current state of planning and implementation success against plan.

  • Understanding of servers, network, cloud, database, middleware, and storage concepts


  • Experience in a FinTech or Financial services organization

  • ITIL certification

  • Knowledge of Cisco infrastructure and AWS highly preferred.

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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