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Sr. Software Developer in Test (Data Focused)

Austin TX LPL Financial

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! Excited to learn more? If so, then this could be the role 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:

We are seeking a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer. Our ideal candidate will be responsible for designing and executing tests manually (15%) and automatically (85%) to identify and resolve all data related issues to meet quality standards. Our tight-knit team combines a Scrum process with a strong testing culture.


  •  Build and perform End to End QA effort on Data Warehouse/ETL/BI Platforms 

  •  Review requirements, specifications and technical design documents to provide timely and meaningful feedback

  •  Understand data flow and test strategy for ETL, Data warehouse and Business Intelligence testing

  •  ETL testing of mapping, transformations and data pipelines. 

  •  Data warehouse testing involving the testing of stored procedures, SSIS packages, slowly changing dimension tables, Change Data capture etc.

  •  Business Intelligence testing involving the validation of DataMart, ODS, Data models and SSRS reports.

  •  Create detailed, comprehensive and well-structured test plans and test cases

  •  Identify, document and track software defects

  •  Work closely with development teams to perform root cause analysis of issues

  •  Manage multiple tasks and adjust to shifting priorities, as necessary 

  •  Write advanced SQL queries for ETL/data warehousing/Business Intelligence testing

  •  Identify test cases which has to be automated. Prepare test automation strategy.

  •  Design and develop test automation for backend. Work with the team to continually improve test processes and practices based on inspection/adaption of previous iterations and to ensure adherence to process, tools and metrics standards within the project team.

  •  Show initiatives and accountability with strong time management skills with project teams.

  •  Exhibit strong collaboration/interpersonal skills

  •  Be a self-starter and possess the ability to research issues and improve processes.

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. 


  •  Bachelor’s Degree, Computer Science or similar, plus 6+ years of experience  OR master’s degree, Computer Science or similar, plus 5+ years of experience OR no degree, plus 10+ years of experience working as a Developer or QA Engineer or SDET working in Agile scrum teams.

  •  5 – 10 years of experience with Software Quality Assurance- QA project life cycle, test plan, test strategies, test scenarios, test cases, traceability matrix. 

  •  3 – 5+ years of experience in Database/Data Warehouse/ETL Testing. 

  •  3 – 5+ years of Strong experience in advanced SQL scripting. 

  •  Experience in MS SQL server, SSIS and SSRS.

  •  3+ years’ experience of Data Lake/Hadoop platform implementation.

  •  3+ years of hands-on experience in implementation and performance tuning Hadoop/Spark implementations.

 Core Competencies:

  •  Experience in ETL testing techniques

  •  Good understanding of Data Warehousing and business intelligence concepts and testing techniques 

  •  Experience in Working with Star Schema, ODS, multi-dimensional models, slowly changing dimensions

  •  Experience in working with ETL framework, Change Data capture, DataMart, Data models etc.

  •  Working knowledge of test automation for backend using Java and associated frameworks 

  •  Experience in continuous testing practices in a CI/CD development pipeline, and deploying test automation

  •  Solid experience in strategizing and planning all testing activities including automation. 

  •  Ability to review and analyze business requirements in order to produce test strategy and test cases. 

  •  Expertise working in Cloud data environment

  •  Familiarity with one or more SQL-on-Hadoop technology (Hive, Impala, Spark SQL, Presto) • Experience in Agile projects (Scrum, Kanban etc.).

  •  Working Knowledge in Test Management software (JIRA,qTest). 

  •  Solid experience with Defect Management Process. 

  •  Quick learner and self-starter who requires minimal supervision to excel in a dynamic environment. • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  •  Strong verbal and written communications skills. 

  •  Experience in Banking or Financial services domain is preferred. 

  •  Experience in working with financial platforms 

  •  Experience in Cluster, Containers/VMs, On Premise, On Cloud 

  •  Strong knowledge on Data Lake, Azure, ELT & ETL, Data Warehouse, BI, Data Factory Tools

  •  Strong in SQL preparation in Oracle/SQL Server/NoSQL/RDMS/Big Data


  • Awareness of Agile QA Software development life cycle –backlog, sprints, standups, burndowns.


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.

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