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VP, Platform Engineering - Middleware

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Job ID R-024686 Date posted 08/09/2022 Primary Location SC-Fort Mill Other Locations NC-Remote , NJ-Remote , NY-Remote ,PA-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:

The VP, Infrastructure Engineering – Middleware will lead platform engineering organization responsible for enterprise middleware platforms. As a senior leader in I&O organization, you will have the opportunity to define/execute middleware platform strategy / vision / roadmap for on-prem and hybrid-cloud. This role will define next generation middleware architecture/platforms and be accountable for engineering of middleware platforms at scale.


  • Develop and lead infrastructure platform engineering teams responsible for middleware platform engineering and architecture 

  • Work with product management teams, architecture and security to shape vision of future middleware platforms and services

  • Lead middleware platform transformation/modernization supporting always-on enterprise applications and services. Develop a progressive engineering culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, and continuous improvement

  • Collaborate with IT stakeholders to develop, communicate and execute a multi-year technology strategy to simplify architecture, delivery model and drives transformational change

  • Accelerate infrastructure transformation to provision / manage infrastructure through infrastructure as code (IaC) to enable self-service and reduce handoffs.  

  • Integrate/automate deployment and provisioning of highly available infrastructure across data centers/hybrid cloud platform to reduce overall time to market

  • Design/build/migrate core infrastructure platforms and services to Equinix data centers to improve overall availability, performance and scalability

  • 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 to ensure technology investment enables/drives business strategy 

  • Foster and drive organizational change through technology and process optimization

  • Establish KPIs to measure organization performance and effectiveness (Jira, SNOW )

  • Manage ongoing vendor relationships including evaluation products and services 

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


  • 10+ years of progressive leadership experience building / leading engineering teams in a large, global financial institutions

  • Demonstrated technology and people leadership experience in architecting/deploying highly scalable middleware solutions on-prem and cloud. Ability to shape strategic vision and lead change.

  • Proven track record engineering enterprise scale middleware platforms including app servers (Websphere, Weblogic, JBOSS, Tomcat), containers (Docker EE/Kubernates), Mulesoft, Tibco, Kafka, DataPower, Mulesoft, Informatica , Glue

  • Proven track record designing / building / automating virtual infrastructure based on AWS Well-Architected framework (ECS, EKS, API Gateway, Lambda, S3, EBS, EFS, IAM, EC2, Route53, SQS, CloudFront, CloudWatch, ELB, CodePipeline)

  • Experience leading engineering teams using Agile software development and LEAN/DevOps principles to deliver new platforms and services

  • Experience leading migration of infrastructure and applications to new data centers and AWS

  • Experience with open telemetry including Prometheus, Grafana, ELK , AWS Distro

  • Experience with IT Service Management (ITIL and ITMS)

Core Competencies:

  • Proven track record of infrastructure transformation focused on infrastructure-as-code (IaC) for end-to-end infrastructure deployment automation

  • 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 working in large technology ecosystems with emphasis on integrating multiple externally facing high scale, high volume, always-on mission-critical systems

  • Ability to create and articulate inspiring vision for the organization 

  • Experience with a data driven approach to designing and implementing technology

  • Extensive experience deploying system management configuration tools (Ansible, Puppet, Terraform, CF) to manage compute infrastructure at scale

  • Highly collaborative with experience in leading and influencing teams

  • Foster a culture of excellence and ownership

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the regulatory, security, privacy and risk safeguards required of a global financial institution


  • IBM Websphere, Oracle Weblogic, Kafka, Docker EE, Tibco, Mulesoft, Informatica, Glue

  • CI/CD (GitHub, Gitlab, Atlassian, Jenkins, Puppet, Terraform, Ansible, CloudFormation, JSON, YAML)

  • AWS LZ, ECS, EKS, API Gateway, ELB, RDS, CloudWatch, Direct Connect, VPN Gateway, Private Link, Transit Gateway, Storage Gateway, Glacier, EBS, EFS, S3, Lamdba, CodePipeline, 

  • Agile Methodologies: Scrum/Kanban; Jira for delivery and reporting 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong executive presence


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 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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