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Southern Company Data Scientist (Atlanta or Birmingham) in Birmingham, Alabama

Data Scientist (Atlanta or Birmingham)



The Data Scientist (TO) at Southern Company is responsible for collecting, organizing, mining, and deeply analyzing data to draw conclusions and develop insights that enable better decision-making and operational effectiveness of Southern Company business units. Data scientists possess a combination of analytical skills, technical expertise and business acumen in addition to intellectual curiosity that drives their passion to transform raw intelligence into actionable insights that produce desired business outcomes.

This role also entails technical leadership responsibilities to help mature our AI Center of Excellence at Southern Company. The successful candidate will execute on data science initiatives but also consult on engagements, perform feasibility asssessments of data, serve on the technology AI Committee, and develop paradigms for monitoring and supporting AI processes.

The successful candidate must be comfortable multi-tasking between varied initiatives.


  • Develop a framework for AI development in the Information Management Office. Train others on the framework. Enable data science change management to track model output and identify how each model is performing. Make recommendations on model edits and when they are needed.

  • Examine data and develop use cases to identify AI/Machine Learning use cases.

  • Remain up to date on AI/Machine Learning emerging technology. Educate the team on these and when they should be leveraged.

  • Devise new algorithmic approaches to solving difficult quantitative problems using large scale enterprise data sources

  • Adopt new tools and algorithms effectively to improve model performance. Design data experiments to verify assumptions and hypotheses

  • Complete written documentation and reports of results in the form of business reports, internal technology white papers, and statistical system documentation

  • Experiment with new algorithms and analytical approaches and report on the impact to model performance

  • Collaborate with end users to identify needs, gaps and opportunities for improved data management and analytical solution delivery

  • Collaborate with peers; mentoring team members to enhance skills and abilities; providing leadership as required



  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics (Theoretical/Computational), Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence is required

  • Proven knowledge of statistical techniques and data science is required

  • 5 years of experience working in a fast-paced, competitive organization driven by data and enabled by technology is required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong technical competency and programming skills in large-scale data analysis using coding/querying languages including at least one of Python or R. Others desired to be cognizant of are Spark, SAS, T-SQL, and PL-SQL.

  • Analysis, design, development, test, troubleshooting and documentation of complex systems including several of the following: predictive models, feature extraction, data-driven analysis, application of machine learning algorithms, text mining, decision support, variable selection and model fit

  • Knowledge of data migration and integration across datasets and technology platforms

  • Knowledge doing Machine Learning in the Azure cloud is preferred.

  • Deep analytical capability to debug, monitor, and troubleshoot issues with data solutions

  • Effective communication (verbal/written) and leadership skills to foster enterprise influence on data-driven business decision-making

  • Ability to transform technical jargon into meaningful business insight at varying levels of the organization

  • Comprehensive consulting skills with proven ability to work with and influence others

  • Excellent customer service skills and focus on delivery with a positive attitude

  • Self-starter with ability to work independently with minimal guidance

  • Continuous self-learner with perspective on industry trends in the data space

  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and conflicting priorities

  • Ability to build productive relationships with a focus on cooperation and teamwork

Behavioral Attributes

The successful candidate will demonstrate understanding and application of the Southern behaviors: Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment .

Additional required behavioral attributes:

  • Results-oriented

  • Innovative

  • Strategic thinker with an enterprise view for sustainable solutions

  • Committed to continuous learning and improvement

  • Committed to the development of others

  • Committed to building and maintaining constructive partnerships with business partners

  • Works well both independently and with others

  • Acts with speed and decisiveness

  • Committed to ethical conduct

  • Lives and works safely


Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

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: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: The Southern Company

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2009803

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