Southern Company Internal IT Auditor in Atlanta, Georgia

Internal IT Auditor


Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to conduct, internal audits of Information Technology and related business processes to ensure an adequate internal control structure and safeguarding of assets using an audit approach driven by industry and business risks that impact operational effectiveness, compliance to regulations and laws and adherence to company policies and procedures. This role requires attention to detail and the presence of strong analytical, communication and relationship-building skills which are necessary to provide best in class internal audit services to clients and drive results for the organization.

Internal Auditing services at Southern Company are carried out by an integrated team of approximately 70 FTE personnel made up of Southern Company employees and subject matter resources as needed from professional service providers. The Technology audit team is made up of approximately 15 FTE personnel, including a Director, 2 managers, 10 permanent staff and approximately 2-3 FTE service provider resources utilized on the more complex Technology audits to supplement and develop the internal personnel.

Functional Expertise:

  • Responsible for executing audit procedure testing

  • Responsible for executing SOX ITGC and risk-based test plans and documenting results

  • Participates in the execution of corporate and fraud investigations

  • Provide business and Technology management with guidance on IT risk management matters

  • Conduct audits or lead audit teams in performance of Technology audits and reviews of systems, applications and IT processes

Business Acumen:

  • Participates in communicating, implementing, and executing audit plan & audit activities

  • Responsible for performing process and control analysis (strength, weakness, gaps)

  • Assists in evaluating and analyzing data analytic test results and outputs

  • Responsible for defining and drafting audit issues as a result of audit testing


  • Coordinates and collaborates audit interviews during audit planning activities

  • Leverages and obtains information, documents and support from owners to conduct audits

  • Communicates audit findings to appropriate process owners

Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred: Information Systems, Accounting, Computer Science, Engineering

Preferred Certifications: CIA, CISA, CISSP, CISM, CRISC

Related Work Experience:

  • Required: 3- 5 years’ experience preferably working as an IT Auditor or related position in a professional services firm, or industry.

Specific Skills:


  • Specialization in one or more Technologies


  • General Internal Auditing Standards /GAAP/COSO/COBIT/ITIL

  • Awareness of the organizational structure and components of Southern Company, the role of Internal Audit and application of professional skills and competencies with regard to the internal control environment.

  • General awareness and application of an Internal Audit methodology with relevance and in conjunction with the internal control framework, consistent performance delivery and management expectations

  • Comprehensive understanding of internal controls environments within Technology function

  • Awareness of profession and industry trends/updates to effectively test the integrity and effectiveness of the business to agreed standards and delivering insights for change which will improve performance

  • Awareness of developing and maintaining relationships while maintaining objectivity as a trusted advisor

  • Awareness of providing and receiving constructive feedback on business issues making the case for change in a compelling way through effective communication

  • Awareness of information technology concepts (operations and practices), emerging technology issues and some knowledge of data analysis tools and techniques

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Proficient in Excel, ACL and/or other query tools; can produce data files and assist auditors with basic to advanced analytics and interpretation

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional Traveler (5-20% travel)

  • Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights

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 Field: Accounting & Auditing

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: SCS2007745