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Southern Company Senior Internal Controls Analyst - ESG in Birmingham, Alabama

Senior Internal Controls Analyst - ESG


Southern Company is a leading producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, and we approach each day as a vital step in building the future of energy. At Southern Company we are always looking ahead, and our innovations in the industry—from new nuclear to deployment of electric transportation and renewables —help brighten the lives and businesses of millions of customers nationwide.

This position will lead efforts to ensure the Company’s internal control structure complies with the new Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) SEC requirements. This position will be responsible for designing controls, performing and documenting control walkthroughs, updating flowcharts/narratives, creating control test plans, performing control testing, evaluating exceptions/deficiencies, training control owners/performers, and reporting system-wide results to management across the system. Responsibilities also include developing and enhancing relationships with the various business units impacted by ESG.

Position is available for remote candidates

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Effectively lead top-down risk-based approach to comply with new ESG requirements. This includes controls rationalization, effective control design & testing assessments.

  • Stay up to date on developments in ESG reporting as applicable to the Utility industry, including best practices impacting the ESG internal control framework

  • Develop an understanding of the ESG business processes and identify risks and controls

  • Assist with ESG related Disclosure Controls and Procedures

  • Participate in ESG projects that impact internal controls

  • Identify and maintain relationships with key control stakeholders

  • Advise and support key stakeholders with the correct application of ESG internal control requirements

  • Perform and document: walkthroughs, process flowcharts, control testing, deficiency evaluations (when needed) and periodic status updates

  • Assist with external audit reviews regarding ESG internal control topics

  • Identify technologies and processes to improve business and control procedures to bring efficiency to the ESG control strategy and execution

  • Partner with management teams to ensure Internal Controls activities are designed and operating effectively. Maintain open communication to ensure timely reporting of monitoring and testing results

  • Leverage available tools to perform data analytics

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or other business field required

  • Audit related certification(s) is preferred


  • Four or more years of relevant experience in auditing or business-related field is required

  • Knowledge of internal controls, COSO and Sarbanes-Oxley Act is preferred

  • Sustainability / ESG education or experience is a plus

Preferred Areas of Knowledge

  • ESG frameworks such as GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Boards), TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) and GHG (Greenhouse Gas Protocol)

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

  • Auditing Standard 5

  • COSO 2013 Internal Control Framework

  • Security and Exchange Commission rules and reporting requirements

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to work in a changing environment and to build collaborative networks across the organization

  • Ability to understand complex ESG topics and translate those to the internal control framework

  • Proactive approach to projects

  • Overcome barriers to change and engage others to partner in implementing change effectively

  • Ability to communicate to all levels of the organization

  • Creative problem-solving skills

  • Effectively resolve conflict, confront disagreements positively, and express different points of view

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with control owners and management

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and foster lasting relationships

  • Effective leadership skills with the ability to train less experienced employees

  • Effective organization skills as well as project development and management skills, along with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Good business judgment and decision-making skills

  • Excellent teamwork abilities both within immediate team as well as across the enterprise

  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate self-confidence and initiative

  • Desire to learn the Utility business and operational functions

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Controls/Workpaper Management Application (such as Workiva’s Wdesk)

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. #LI

Job Field: Accounting & Auditing

Job Type: Standard

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

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

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

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

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

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2010559