Southern Company Portfolio Manager in Birmingham, Alabama

Portfolio Manager


Portfolio Manager


This position is responsible for production support and maintenance of existing business applications, as well as successful new solution development, including the analysis, purchase and implementation of appropriate vendor applications. The position assumes ownership for all TO activities which impact Commercial Operations and Services. This position leverages business, technical, and consulting resources from across the TO organization to ensure the timely delivery of effective business solutions. The position is responsible for coordinating with other managers to ensure successful integration of systems and data required to support the complex engineering model for fleet operations and trading. The position is responsible for supporting and enhancing settlement and analysis systems for financial and contract services. The scope of work includes: managing the life cycle of applications; managing key financial systems for Financial and Contract Services and Fuel services, providing project oversight; managing the staff who design, develop, deliver, and maintain application products; staying abreast of emerging technologies; developing expertise in the business area and effectively applying the knowledge gained within TO; ensuring effective resource planning; managing and developing supervisors and staff; effectively managing the budget for the organization. Directly reporting to this position are 13 professional staff members with strong technical, project management, consulting, and communication skills. This position provides performance management and development of the people reporting to this position. This position also provides assistance on decisions related to departmental structure, process improvements and work assignments and ensures compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.


• Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field required

• Demonstrated leadership and management skills including building a strong results-oriented team; performance management; budget management

• Demonstrated communication skills (oral/written) to all levels of employees/management

• At least 4 years of supervisory experience is preferred

• Working knowledge of application development methodologies/processes & technologies

• Working knowledge and understanding of existing and emerging information technologies

• Awareness of energy industry trends, opportunities and challenges

• Demonstrated ability to understand technology issues and quantify the risks in order to ensure appropriate business decisions are made

• Has developed initiatives and delivered results on time and within budgets

• Has worked across functions in TO or in other business area

• Has developed effective working relationships with employees, peers, and management


Positive attitude, leadership capability and skills, proactive, ability to work in fast-paced/high pressure environment, deals well with change, deadline oriented, capability to understand technical information, excellent interpersonal skills, customer service oriented, ability to think out of the box, ability to formulate strategic plans, excellent analytical skills, creative problem-solving skills, project development & management skills, good business judgment, strong performance management skills, strong verbal/written communication & presentation skills, good negotiation skills, shows initiative and takes ownership of work, strong computer skills, ability to simplify complex subjects in a way that can be easily understood by non-technical audiences, exemplifies Our Values.

Job Responsibilities

• Attract, develop, retain, and manage a highly effective, diverse workforce of technical employees highly skilled in multiple disciplines whose purpose is to design, develop, and successfully implement on time and within budget, applications and other products that deliver business value and exceed expectations

• Develop and implement an effective workforce plan that addresses succession planning, talent management, knowledge transfer, developing bench strength for the area high quality service delivery to meet the needs of the changing business environment

• Understand the highly competitive generation business and support model required to meet business needs

• Develop, drive and deliver departmental strategic plans and goals

• Proactively manage the life cycle of the applications. Includes managing new solution development and assessing/implementing options from vendors; efficiently supporting, maintaining, and retiring applications to ensure maximum value and reduced cost

• Monitor solutions to maintain alignment with the business units

• Ensure application solutions exceed expectations for functionality, quality, cost and timely delivery

• Ensure appropriate disaster recovery plans are in place and effective

• Establish and maintain excellent working relationships/partnerships with TO, business units and external vendors

• Manage the organization as a business with emphasis on efficient budget planning, budget variance management, strong financial performance and effective resource planning

• Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and established practices and procedures

• Be a leadership model: Exhibit Our Values in all aspects when representing Southern Company


With 4.4 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: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

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

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SCS2007824