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Southern Company Manager, Project Management (Renewables Development) in Birmingham, Alabama

Manager, Project Management (Renewables Development)


This position will lead the Development and Asset Management of various commercial activities related to project development, evaluation, budget, schedule, and execution (EPC). Additionally, the position supports the project development siting strategy and the process to ascertain regional power market fundamentals and addressable market. The position will also assist in strategic corporate initiatives (e.g., new technology, asset divestment, etc.)


  • Leads the development and execution (EPC) of greenfield self-developed projects or projects that may be acquired as part of single project acquisition or a portfolio of projects or sites

  • Leads project development and execution (EPC) of efforts including: due diligence, business case development, risk assessment, contract negotiation and supports any and all activities up until handoff to operations

  • Leads the project development siting strategy and the identification of prioritized areas for project development based on technology application and expected addressable market

LOCATION : This position will be located at the Southern Company Energy Center in Birmingham, AL with the potential for hybrid work.

Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply:


  • A four-year degree is required with a preference for an engineering, engineering technology, finance, economics or accounting (or equivalent) discipline; An MBA or other advanced degree is preferred.


  • Combined 5 years of experience in developing/executing (EPC) utility scale generation projects, electric system operations, generation O&M, generation engineering or project analysis and evaluation – required

  • Experience in the power and / or renewable energy industry is highly desired. Additional experience in asset acquisitions and contract negotiations is a plus but aptitude and attitude is of primary importance.

  • Experience in development, evaluation/ due diligence, and implementation of solar, wind or gas-fired projects - desired.

  • Leadership experience including building teams, setting strategy, prioritizing and leading technical teams - desired

  • Experience in, and/or interacting with the following disciplines: engineering & construction, business development, project development, operations & maintenance, finance, accounting, procurement, environmental compliance, permitting, and transmission - desired.

  • Experience and interaction in regional power markets - desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough understanding of engineering and economics related to power generation including concepts such as: megawatt, megawatt hour, solar resource assessment/energy prediction, wind resource assessment, capacity pricing, energy pricing, investment tax credits and production tax credits.

  • Project management skills are required. These skills include the ability to work across multiple organizations, lead a team toward a common objective, resolve problems and demonstrate clear, effective communication skills.

  • Ability to identify project risks and mitigations, development of business cases for capital investment decisions (including forecasting of cost, revenues, and returns), and financial statements is highly desired.

  • Familiarity with EPC, Power Equipment, renewable OEM’s, long-term service and maintenance contracts and contract negotiations.

  • Self-starter that works with a sense of urgency; works well in a team environment; maintains a positive attitude despite constantly changing priorities.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; may be required to present to SPC Management Council as needed

  • Innovative, entrepreneurial and experienced in working in a competitive industry

  • Create and drive processes to successfully develop utility scale renewable projects

  • Ability to make decisions with limited data and identify/ quantify risks associated with those decisions

  • Ability to consider both analytical data and commercial/ financial implications in making sound decisions

Southern Power , a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own 47 facilities operating or under construction in 11 states with more than 12,800 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.

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 w ithout 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: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Power Company

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SPC2000396