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Job ID R-025327 Date posted 09/06/2022 Primary Location USA-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:

As a key member of the LPL Technology team, the Digital Innovation Labs team has a unique opportunity for an Lead Innovation Engineer to be a hands-on leader performing the research and exploration of innovative solutions powering LPL's Digital Transformation. The successful candidate will be passionate about devising and exploring new ideas and concepts utilizing emerging technologies. Candidates are expected to research, design, prototype, and demonstrate advanced technology solutions and capabilities following a defined methodology. You will be partnering with teams across LPL to determine opportunity areas and explore innovative solutions that improve the lives of LPL’s clients and employees.


  • Explore, evaluate, and prototype new and differentiating products and capabilities enabled through emerging technologies, leading techniques, and contemporary patterns to create world-class solutions and experiences for advisors, investors, and LPL employees

  • Meet and partner with internal and external stakeholders to synthesize innovation opportunities, potential solution impact, and plans of action

  • Lead technical research, rapid evaluation, and testing of solution concepts and associated hypotheses by performing technical Proof-of-Concepts (PoCs), creating functional prototypes, and soliciting user feedback

  • Partner with Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure and Operations, Information Security, and product teams to perform discovery explorations and promote knowledge share across the company

  • Synthesize and communicate complex information from disparate sources into a clear compelling story.

  • Recommend solutions that improve the client and employee experience that may also increase efficiency, reduce risk, increase resiliency, and improve performance

  • Present technical explorations, concepts, and research to technology, product, and business leaders as well as LPL technology employees

  • Advise, mentor, and develop teammates in the Digital Innovation Labs

  • Serve as an ambassador and steward of LPL innovation and discovery processes

What are we looking for?

We want strong collaboratorswho 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.


  • 4+ years demonstrated experience leading technical teams in the design and implementation of complex systems

  • 8+ years of full-stack development experience with a combination of .NET, AWS cloud technologies, SQL Server, Angular, JavaScript, HTML as well as other front-end technologies and human-centered design, Python, Git, and Visual Studio or equivalent technologies

  • 5+ years of experience with event-oriented architecture, micro-services, containers, APIs, contemporary data storage capabilities, responsive design, etc.

  • 4+ years of extensive experience with mobile application frameworks for iOS and Android

  • 4+ years of experience with emerging technologies such as AI/ML including NLP, blockchain, AR/VR, etc.

Core Competencies:

  • Avid learner with a curious and open mindset

  • Strong communication, listening, planning, and presentation skills

  • Comfortable with ambiguity and excellent analytical and problem solving skills

  • Passionate about fostering high-performing teams by cultivating a positive culture that prioritizes growing others

  • Demonstrated high-levels of Emotional Intelligence including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness to foster relationships and achieve positive results


  • Lean/agile mindset

  • Technically creative

  • Strong understanding of modern application design patterns and principles

  • Certification in one or more AWS or Azure public cloud disciplines including architecture, development, systems administration, or specialties such as information security and data science a plus

  • Experience working in a startup or a lab environment a plus

  • Prior FinTech experience a plus


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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