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Middleware Engineer

LPL Financial

LPL Financial

Other Engineering
South Carolina, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2023

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.

LPL Financial is seeking talented candidates with client facing experience and a strategic financial background to partner with our business owners on the Strategic Wealth Services and CFO Solutions team.

Job Overview:

The Middleware Engineer will be responsible for managing the Confluent Cloud and Kafka platforms for Non-Prod and Prod systems. You will help to increase automation, ensure systems are reliable, scalable, and proactively resolve issues. You will take an engineering approach to infrastructure and operations, solving business problems with software and automation, take ownership of the hosted infrastructure and ensuring that it meets the needs of the product with a particular focus on data security and resilience.


  • Serve as a Confluent Cloud and Kafka team member to design / install / deploy / administer the platform.

  • Provide 24x7 support when on call.

  • Partner with architecture team to drive platform alignment to modern architecture practices.

  • Patch, create Roadmaps, and assist junior engineers

  • Build automation for install and platform management activities, such as restarts, patching, and other scenarios.

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 in platform engineering and management involving Middleware technologies with a focus on Confluent Cloud and Kafka

  • 3+ years of experience with Installation, configuration and administration of Confluent Cloud or Kafka

  • 3+ years of experience with UNIX and LINUX operating systems, storage environments, file systems, and network protocols.

  • 3+ years of strong understanding of distributed systems using messaging platform

  • 2+ years of creating great documentation that enables other team members to learn and execute platform engineering and management activities.

Core Competencies:

  • 3+ years’ experience in production support for Confluent or Kafka platform including troubleshooting and fixing production defects.

  • 3+ years applying DevSecOps and Infrastructure as Code patterns to build automation. Able and ready to learn and support other Middleware technologies in support of Platform Engineering roadmap with DevSecOps, infrastructure-as-code, software defined engineering patterns, and use of GitHub or comparable code repository.

  • 3+ years of experience with Ansible, Terraform, Puppet and other Infra automation technologies


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Must be able to use Linux commands and tools to troubleshoot issues, parse and evaluate log files.

  • Experience with application profiling using tools such as Dynatrace, VisualVM or Jprofiler.

  • Experience with performance tuning for JVMs, web containers, DB connection pools, etc.

  • Possess a thorough understanding of modern work practices such as DevSecOps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Agile project Delivery, Release Engineering.

Pay Range:


Actual base salary varies based on factors, including but not limited to, relevant skill, prior experience, education, base salary of internal peers, demonstrated performance, and geographic location. Additionally, LPL Total Rewards package is highly competitive, designed to support your success at work, at home, and at play – such as 401K matching, health benefits, employee stock options, paid time off, volunteer time off, and more. Your recruiter will be happy to discuss all that LPL has to offer!

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.