Southern Company ROC Specialist in Birmingham, Alabama

ROC Specialist


This position will function as part of the Southern Power Remote Operations Center (ROC), a 24x7 operation, which provides remote monitoring and operational support to the SPC renewable fleet of wind and solar generating assets across the country. This position is primarily responsible for ensuring proper documentation of ROC Process, ROC Procedure program, new site mobilization, outage scheduling, ROC tools and software applications and other real time support functions.

The ROC Specialist assists the ROC Manager on day to day operations and works closely with the ROC Operators to ensure they have all the tools and procedures needed for NERC GOP 24*7 Operations.

This position is responsible for the following:

  • New project mobilization

  • ROC Process Development

  • ROC Procedure Development

  • ROC Document Management

  • ROC Training Program Manager

  • Outage scheduling

  • ROC Systems and Tools SME (OSI PI, Maximo, Ignition, etc..)

This position will closely support and interface with ROC Manager, ROC Operators, Renewable Operations (Corp & Site), Southern Power Technology teams, and Asset Managers in these activities.

This position will be located at the Southern Power Remote Operations Center in Birmingham, AL and will be filled at a level and job classification commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of wind and/or solar Operations is required.

  • Knowledge and experience in Plant Performance, and/or Engineering is desired.

  • Experience with plant control systems such as SCADA systems, PLC’s, RTAC, desired.

  • Hands-on experience with plant data historian (AspenTech or PI) – building trends and analyzing data - preferred.

  • Knowledge of and experience with different power generation technologies including gas, solar, and wind is preferred.

  • Experience with data management techniques to access, integrate, and present data from multiple sources is desired Excel, Access, etc).

  • Experience in organizing and managing multiple projects at the same time. Proven ability to plan and ability to discern problems that need immediate attention versus those that allow more time to resolve.


  • Display Safety First, unquestionable trust, superior performance, and total commitment.

  • Be a team player - able to quickly build good working relationships

  • Results oriented self starter that can work independently

JOB REQUIREMENTS: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills )

  • BS Preferred or 2-year technical degree, may substitute for applicable work experiences

  • Ability to use multiple data sources such as SCADA, plant controls, and data historians to troubleshoot plant problems

  • Proficiency in the use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and other applications.

  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Awareness of and compliance with NERC/CIP requirements applicable to facility and ROC operations

MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Specify major duties performed by the job and % of time spent on duties.

  • Process development for ROC Operations

  • Procedure development for ROC Operations

  • New project due diligence

  • New project readiness & mobilization

  • Interacting with external Transmission Provider & Customer

  • Interacting with internal department related to 24*7 ROC Operations

  • Coordinating activities & scheduling outages with site personnel, system operations, and asset management.

  • Managing and setting up Wind & Solar energy forecasts.

  • Supporting NERC reporting in conjunction with ROC Manager & site personnel

  • Establishing ongoing relationships and effectively communicating with all levels of plant and corporate employees and management.

  • Taking an active role in the training of new employees.

Total travel time will be up to 25%.

This position will work a normal 40-hour work week, be available to support the 24*7 ROC.

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 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.

Job Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

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: SPC2000070