Southern Company Budget Analyst in Atlanta, Georgia

Budget Analyst


Southern Company Service Budgeting & Reporting Analyst

Location: Southern Company HQ, 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA


The budget analyst will provide budgeting and analytical support to Southern Company Services (SCS) organizations and Southern Company affiliates by ensuring the timely and accurate review of financial transactions and the reporting of those transactions to various levels of management. This position will coordinate the timely and accurate data gathering and analysis of the periodic cost projections of the organization they support and provide counsel and planning to various levels of management regarding the findings of various analyses as needed, will assist organization in meeting corporate and business unit goals and objectives, and will establish and maintain effective relationships and communication with organization and SCS Budgeting & Reporting. The position will be filled at an exempt level depending on the knowledge, skills and abilities of the successful candidate. This position will be located at the Southern Company Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.


• Develop and communicate budgets and financial reporting for the SCS Business Units

• Ability to analyze data and effectively communicate SCS Business Unit financial status

• Coordinate annual budget preparation and communications

• Prepare and communicate monthly variance reporting and comprehensive analysis for budget, actual, and projection information

• Provide guidance to managers regarding GAAP and Southern Company accounting policies

• Ensure compliance with internal controls and make recommendations regarding needed changes and efficiency improvements

• Provide guidance on accounting policies and activities to non-financial managers

• Consolidate reporting for roll up and management reporting

• Gather data and analyze periodic cost projections and budget data

• Participate in special projects by gathering information and providing analysis

• Establish and maintain effective relationships and communications with business unit



• Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related business field required

• CPA, CFA or MBA desired


• Previous experience in accounting, finance, or business administration preferred

• Strong understanding of financial accounting, management and reporting

• Demonstrated experience with Enterprise Solutions applications and budgeting systems (i.e. Budworks, Oracle Financials, PowerPlant, Data Repository, SARA, SOFIA and Excel Pivot Tables) highly desired

• Capital and O&M budgeting experience desired

• Experience coordinating multiple business units requests and ensure goals and objectives are met

• Understanding various views of SCS data and ability to translate and communicate appropriately to various audiences

• Thorough understanding of techniques and methods for accounting, budgeting, cost tracking, and financial projections

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :

• Proficient analytical and problem solving skills

• Demonstrate organizational and planning skills

• Knowledge of utility and regulatory accounting (SEC, FERC, and GAAP) desired

• Knowledge of Southern Company accounting policies

• Knowledge of data management and retrieval techniques with strong technical skills

• Conceptual thinker and ability to quickly understand the 11 segment SCS account structure and values to quickly produce standard and ad hoc reports to understand and report cost drivers

• Ability to multi-task and adapt to a changing environment

• Ability to coordinate activities of multiple people and pull the end result together as one deliverable

• Ability to pull disparate pieces of information together to form one consolidated and concise report

• Ability to operate in a matrix organization and communicate clearly with people at various levels including upper management

• Effective oral and written communication skills

• Personal ownership and initiative

• Anticipate and proactively communicate financial impacts of business unit decisions

• Demonstrate sound business judgment in decision making

• Exceptional skills in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

• Other attributes include proactive, team player, and strategic thinker


With 4.5 million customers and more than 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Southern Company Headquarters - 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW (30ATLANTA)

30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2007960