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Research and Internal Controls Accountant

Birmingham, AL

This is an accountant position in the Alabama Power Accounting Research and Internal Controls department and will be filled depending on the skills and abilities of the successful candidate. This position will have responsibility for the following:

  • Research associated with technical accounting and regulatory issues, formulating accounting conclusions, and formally documenting the Company's position

  • Providing Accounting management with assurance that the financial reporting and disclosures of the Company are accurate by ensuring compliance with all accounting principles and regulatory requirements

  • Review of contracts entered into by the Company to ensure proper Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and regulatory accounting treatment

  • Quarterly coordination of Company controls and compliance initiatives

  • Review of all new pronouncements, standards, interpretations, and directives issued by the Financial Accountings Standards Board (FASB), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Alabama Public Service Commission (APSC)

This position will work directly with Alabama Power Company's (APC) Accounting Finance and Treasury (AFT) organization, AFT management, other system departments, other operational management, internal auditors, external auditors, and any other providers or users of accounting data to ensure compliance with emerging and changing issues. We will consider teleworking options for locations outside of Birmingham, with the understanding that frequent trips to Birmingham will be required.


Candidates that meet the below qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Experience & Education:

  • BS or BA in Accounting is required

  • CPA and an advanced degree are preferred

  • 2+ years of work experience in an accounting discipline (Internal Controls experience and GAAP Knowledge preferred)

  • Experience with a public accounting firm is desirable

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge and ability to apply GAAP and SEC rules and reporting requirements

  • Knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Committee of Sponsoring Organization framework

  • Working knowledge of accounting research tools a plus

  • Ability to research and understand accounting transactions and regulatory issues and provide sound guidance

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to communicate effectively at all levels

  • Ability to communicate accounting applications and analysis to non-financial personnel

  • Exhibit strong initiative and require minimal supervision

  • Must handle confidential and sensitive information

  • Knowledge of FERC System of Accounts and rate making concepts a plus

Other Attributes:

  • Candidate must demonstrate behaviors consistent with Our Values – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment

  • Comfortable in a team environment

  • Builds supportive relationships and maintains consistent communication throughout the organization

  • Positive attitude, respects others and their opinions

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills

  • Be flexible and a decision maker, understanding the broad implications of decisions and work activities

  • Self-starter and results oriented

  • Comply with applicable laws, regulations and policies

  • Exhibit a high degree of initiative and takes personal responsibility for assignments to ensure client needs are fully met

  • Consistent performance during increased pressures and conscientious about deadlines

Other Requirements:

  • Extended hours - limited

  • Weekend work - limited

  • Travel – limited

Alabama Power provides safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to 1.5 million customers across the lower two-thirds of Alabama.

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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. 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 Identification: 4977

Job Category: Accounting & Auditing

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Alabama Power


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