Southern Company Analyst,GIS in Atlanta, Georgia



The GIS Analyst will develop an understanding of current data state, workflows and processes and develop solutions for integrations, transformations and deliverables. This will include GIS data analysis, data mining, technical support and database maintenance to meet internal and external customers’ requirements. This role requires demonstrated ability to solve complex problems and recommend the best track for data development and processing. Project work will involve process improvement, quality control, data creation from spatial and tabular sources, conversion, migration and maintenance.

Functional Expertise:

• Provides subject matter expertise, training and fundamental system support on Southern Company Gas geospatial issues

• Collaborative skills with business and technical support team to enhance desktop GIS and Web-GIS

Business Acumen:

• Ensures workflows with various internal departments are accurate and documented

• Participates in system integration and conversion projects that are on budget, on schedule and with desired quality outcomes for projects


• Builds and maintains cohesive working relationships with internal and external consumers of asset data and analytics to ensure continued alignment of goals

• Operates as a GIS ambassador to internal and external customers across the entire organization by assisting them in generating solutions to operational issues using asset data and GIS

Driving Results:

• Delivers on GIS and other asset data and analytics SLAs, metrics and project deliverables

Representative Duties and Responsibilities:

• Technical project tasks, including database design, advanced GIS analysis and modeling

• Performs data mining activities to meet customer requirements/specifications

• Provides specialized queries, maps and reports to meet customer requirements/specifications

• Performs application testing and documentation of defects

• Interfaces with users; documents requested/needed changes

• Interfaces with Information Services (IS) GIS Support group to drive development and data model changes

• Performs weekly analysis on mission critical GIS data to audit and sustain data integrity

• Develop methods and perform quality assurance/quality control on GIS and non-spatial data to meet quality goals

• Serves as Subject Matter Expert on GIS projects and solution definition workshops

• Identifies training requirements; creates and maintains training and procedural documentation

• Identifies new GIS technologies/processes/applications to improve inter-/intra- departmental functions

• Creates and maintains existing automated processes using Model Builder/Python scripting or other tools

• Processes, prepares and converts data to enter into GIS from a variety of data formats

• Analyzes current business processes and recommends best practice solutions

Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in geography (GIS), engineering, computer science, or related field and 3 - 5 years of experience with industry-standard GIS and verifiable Data Mining and Python scripting experience (2 year demonstrable required).

  • GIS certificate and 2 years of related work experience in lieu of a degree in related discipline.


  • Master’s degree in geography (GIS), geosciences, engineering, computer science, or related field

Related Work Experience:


• Experience with Esri geodatabase design, structure and management – including the manipulation of tabular data in GIS, and joining/linking related data

• Intermediate knowledge of SQL and relational databases

• Thorough understanding of Esri ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcSDE, versioning, and geoprocessing

• Experience incorporating nonspatial Enterprise databases with GIS to fulfill ad hoc analysis requests

• Knowledge of batch files and Python scripts to assist in repetitive daily activities

• Ability to quickly learn new skills and abilities database technologies, data modeling, and scripting as needed

• Development and maintenance of existing Python scripts, FME workbenches and Esri ModelBuilder models


• Knowledge of publishing with ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS, including data versioning, multiuser and replication

• Experience with Natural Gas Utility

• Experience using Esri Data Reviewer and Workflow Manager Extensions

• Experience converting data between CAD and GIS

• Strong understanding of content and document management applications

Applicant may possess a combination of equivalent education and work experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


• Esri ArcGIS 10.2x – advanced proficiency

• MS Office suite (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) – advanced proficiency

• Esri ArcGIS Enterprise – intermediate proficiency

• Geometric Network – intermediate proficiency

• Model Builder – intermediate proficiency

• Python – intermediate proficiency

• SQL RDBMS – intermediate proficiency

• AutoCAD/CADD – basic proficiency

• Visual Basic/VBA – basic proficiency

• SharePoint – basic proficiency

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Excellent geo-processing and spatial analysis skills

• Strong requirements review, analytical, and problem solving skills

• Application testing script development and performance of testing

• Ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies

• Ability to function independently and as a team member

• Ability to handle multiple assignments and changing priorities

• Ability to work effectively with limited direct supervision


• Schneider Electric ArcFM

• Current GIS industry trends (remote sensing, GPS technology, etc.) – intermediate understanding

• FME, Data Interoperability– intermediate proficiency

• Utility Pipeline Data Model (UPDM) – basic understanding

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Travel - 5-10%

Keyboarding - 50%

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

AGLR Corporate Office - 10 Peachtree Place NE (10AtlantaCODE)

10 Peachtree Place NE

Atlanta, 30309

Req ID: GAS2001158