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Southern Company Staff Accountant I, II, III in Atlanta, Georgia

Staff Accountant I, II, III


The responsibilities for the Property Accountant position. This position ensures property related transactions are accounted correctly and timely for internal and external reporting purposes. Activities include preparation of monthly journal entries; account reconciliations; support schedules; calculating depreciation expense and closing fixed asset within PowerPlan application; compliance with property related SOX-controls. This position is posted as part of a job family.

Job Responsibilities & Accountabilities by Competency

Business Execution:

•Record financial transactions via journal entries.

•Perform general ledger account reconciliations; analyze and research outstanding items/issues.

•Monitor reports/accounts/expenses; determine and make necessary adjustments.

•Work with customers (internal and external) to resolve problems; answer questions and provide recommendations.

•Generate standard and non-standard reports; analyzes data.

•Calculate, review, and analyze financial information relating to specialty area (e.g., general ledger, FERC ledger); analyze variances; use professional judgment and expertise to perform complex estimates and calculations.

•Monitor and analyze expenditures and balance sheet variances.

•Demonstrate ability to multi-task and prioritize.

•Independently and creatively solve problems.

•Provide support for quarterly audits

•Maintain property records in PowerPlan application:

Monthly tasks include calculating depreciation expense, closing fixed assets; updating work order status; retiring assets; adding locations and other updates as needed. Review administer and approve capital projects for accounting appropriateness Monitor capital charges to ensure adherence to company capitalization policy Serve as subject matter expert by providing accounting guidance to both accounting and non-accounting co-workers to resolve capital related transactions


•Work with customers (internal and external) and colleagues to resolve problems.

•Assist internal customers with recommendations on recording transactions; explain the impact to the general ledger and financial statements.

•Listen to understand and present information clearly and confidently.

Relationships & Networking:

•Collaborate and build effective relationships with stakeholders.

•Foster collaboration and teamwork.

•Demonstrate emotional intelligence.


•Implement process and system changes as necessary to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of responsibilities.

•Follow organizational policies and procedures.

•Understand the business and industry.

Development of Self/Others:

•Responsible for monitoring progress against goals/deliverables; hold oneself accountable for results.

•Inspire and motivate by acting as a role model and empower others to take ownership and be accountable.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

•Strive to recognize personal biases and lead differently as a result.

•Understand, accept, and value differences.

•Foster an environment that allows for difficult conversations.

•Understand and articulate the value of DE&I.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


•BA/BS degree in Accounting or Finance

Related Work Experience:


Grade 2: 1-3 years experience performing accounting activities.

Grade 3: 3-5 years public or utility accounting experience and/or 3-5 years experience performing complex accounting/financial transactions.

Grade 4: 6 years advanced accounting experience performing complex financial analysis and research.


•Ability to multi-task and hit the ground running.

•Natural gas or similar regulated industry experience.

•Plant Accounting experience a plus.

•PowerPlan experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


•Intermediate to Advance knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

•Demonstrated problem-solving abilities, including the ability to critically think and present new or creative solutions.

•Common ERP (e.g., Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP etc.) and reporting knowledge/abilities.

•Skilled in using Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

•Strong organizational skills.

•Strong account reconciliation skills.

•Team player and with the ability to work independently.

•Ability to work in an organized, detailed manner under tight deadlines.


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Travel Requirements:

•Infrequent Traveler (0-5% travel): The incumbent may be required to travel on a very limited basis. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

Work Environment

•The incumbent works in an office environment. This will be a hybrid working environment with remote working 2 days per week.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally 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 energy companies 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.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

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 Gas

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

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

10 Peachtree Place NE

Atlanta, 30309

Req ID: ASC2000035