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AVP, QA Engineering

Job ID: R-009396 Date posted: 04/09/2020 Primary Location CA-San Diego Other Locations TX-Austin , SC-Fort Mill

As an individual contributor QA Management position, the AVP QA Engineer position is responsible for leading large and complex Corporate Sponsored Projects and Production Maintenance efforts through inspection of Design Documents, creation of manual and automated test scripts, execution of those test scripts and entering and retesting any related defects. The AVP QA Engineer oversees teams of Senior and QA Engineers and contractors, and is responsible for the overview and cross application interdependencies. Deep knowledge of LPL systems and sub-systems is a must. The AVP QA Engineer acts like a Customer Advocate, understanding user scenarios, collaborating closely with UAT and a go-to person for BA’s, QA’s and sometimes new Developers as well. AVP QA Engineers also act as Application SMEs/Owners for QA and are responsible for improving Application Coverage and Quality through various Department Initiatives.  Most often, the AVP QA Engineer position is assigned 50-75% Projects and 25-50% to QA Application Maintenance/Department Initiatives.  Typically, the AVP QA Engineer position owns 3 to 4 large Applications and several Medium-size Applications.  AVP QA Engineers serve as backups to QA Managers and often lead 8 to 15 geographically diverse QA Engineers. 

Essential Functions: (List in order of importance and estimate the percentage of time spent.)

1.  Leading Large/Complex Projects (Estimates, Test Strategies, Status Reporting, Test Automation and Day-to Day Assignments for QA Engineers and Senior QA Engineers.)

Ensuring and driving cross functional reviews of Requirements, Design and Code

Thorough understanding of LPL systems and sub-systems

Ensuring multiple assigned teams are performing well and conducting all QA activities as required

50 %

2.  Application QA Ownership Activities (Master Test Plans, Automation Coverage, Training Documentation, etc.)

Make sure that Applications that the AVP Engineer is responsible for are updated and maintained regularly

20 %

3.  Create or Execute Sanity, New Functionality and/or Regression Test Scripts documenting and retesting Software Defects. Review the work artifacts of engineers in the QA team assigned to the AVP Engineer.


4. Thought Leader in the QA organization , Bringing industry standard best practices and methodology to the Department. Mentor and role model


Other Job Duties:

1.  Lead Team and Dept Process Improvement Activities and initiatives.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Education Required:  BS College Degree in Computer Science related field or relevant equivalent and/or necessary Job Experience

Minimum Experience Required: (including years of experience) 10 years of QA experience or equivalent testing Web and/or Mobile Applications.  5 years experience creating, managing and driving automated test activities. Advanced knowledge of various Software Development Lifecycles, QA Methodologies and Test Techniques, Defect Life-Cycles, creation of Test Plan/Test Strategy documents.  Proven ability to lead large/complex QA Projects and large teams of QA Engineers.

Licenses/Certifications Required/Preferred:N/A but Financial Certifications would be a big plus.

Software/Systems Skills Required/Preferred:Familiarity with Microsoft technologies is preferred, Industry Test Management and Defect Tracking Systems (HP Quality Center), Advanced SQL, Selenium, JAVA and communication/leadership skills.

Additional information:

The AVP QA Engineer will need to work through other QA Engineers and Senior QA Engineers and often take minimal direction from QA Leadership.  The AVP QA Engineer will actively engage other Project Stakeholders (Project Managers, UAT Coordinators, Business Sponsors, Developers/Tech Leads) in formal and informal Project Meetings.  AVP QA Engineers will attend and sometimes lead Department Meetings with QA and Technology Leadership. 

Soft Skills

Leading multiple Projects/Effort is a key skill for the AVP QA Engineer position. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills are a must, ability to lead and motivate team.   AVP QA Engineers must also possess strong abilities to work independently on assigned initiatives.  Unquestioned work ethic and strong desire to self-motivate and to initiate. 

Possible career path for this position: (e.g. Lead, supervisor, etc.)

Through experience and aptitude, the AVP QA Engineer position can progress into AVP/VP Resource Manager positions. 

About LPL Financial:

LPL Financial is a leader in the retail financial advice market and the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer*. We serve independent financial advisors and financial institutions, providing them with the technology, research, clearing and compliance services, and practice management programs they need to create and grow thriving practices. LPL enables them to provide objective guidance to millions of American families seeking wealth management, retirement planning, financial planning and asset management solutions. LPL and its affiliates have more than 4,200 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego.

*As reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2019, based on total revenue.

Our Culture:

If you join LPL, you will join a culture that believes in delivering a world-class client experience and looks to all employees to contribute to that goal by sharing their creativity, experience, and passion for continuous improvement. As a destination of choice, our top priorities are growth and development, social responsibility, and financial health for our employees. 

We offer competitive compensation and industry leading benefits, including a wellness facility with onsite fitness classes, healthy meal choices, and a walk-in clinic. We support employee financial health through a 401k match, ESPP, and employee discounts. Work/life balance is our foundation and is supported through paid holidays, and paid time off (including time to volunteer). We foster a diverse work environment through Employee Resource Groups and diverse strategic partnerships.  

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.

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