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Transport Wireless Supervisor

Birmingham, AL

Transport Wireless Supervisor

Purpose

The Transport Wireless Supervisor position will entail comprehensive management responsibilities including oversight of compliance matters for approximately 2600 licensed transceivers, direct supervision of up to 20 Full-Time Employees (FTEs) and contractors both consisting of engineers and analysts, and stewardship of all financial aspects encompassing both Capital and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) budgets. Additionally, this role would manage relationships with business partners, notably SouthernLINC Wireless, and be responsible for forecasting both budgetary and resource needs. Furthermore, this position would serve as the single point of contact (SPOC) for all matters pertaining to Transport Wireless, ensuring streamlined communication and efficiency across the system.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage the engineering, procurement, and third-level support of Southern Company's enterprise RF backhaul transport network.

  • Direct a team of engineers and analysts in the design and implementation of network infrastructure.

  • Oversee the Southern Company RF network design supporting Southern Company’s core business, including equipment procurement and vendor management.

  • Conduct contract negotiations and manage relationships with over a dozen vendors.

  • Implement management tools and processes for effective network oversight.

  • Proactively identify and mitigate project and technical risks.

  • Ensure accurate vendor invoicing and compliance with service contracts.

  • Manage and adhere to budget constraints.

  • Evaluate and integrate emerging technologies to enhance network capabilities.

  • Support disaster recovery efforts, including the management of backhaul recovery and emergency deployments.

  • Analyze traffic and leverage analytics to determine necessary telecommunications circuit capacity to support network growth.

Job Requirements

  • In-depth knowledge of RF transport networks, including Microwave, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), and trunking systems, is essential, alongside experience with Ethernet, TCP/IP, MPLS, and LTE communication networks.

  • Familiarity with carrier services, costs, and capabilities is necessary.

  • The role requires financial acumen and the ability to understand and manage budgets, risks, and engineering aspects related to telecommunications data and transport services, including staying abreast of emerging technologies.

  • Knowledge of Southern Company's enterprise networks, policies, and practices is an advantage.

  • Strong negotiation skills are required for contract management, aiming for optimal price/service agreements.

  • Previous leadership experience is strongly preferred, as well as the ability to lead diverse, cross-functional, and external teams in a matrixed project structure.

  • Excellent analytical, computer, communication, and interpersonal skills are crucial for effective collaboration with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

  • Wireless carrier technologies such as LTE experience preferred.

  • General knowledge in SCADA systems and remotely polled RTU devices.

  • Understanding of the processes for obtaining FCC licenses for microwave paths to include the FCC ULS system would be preferred.

  • Understanding of budgeting (capital and functional) and accounting processes to ensure compliance with the budget.

  • Demonstrated personal computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, etc.) / proficient with the Southern Company standard computing applications.

  • Knowledge of Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations to ensure regulatory compliance to include the FCC ULS system preferred.

  • Effective oral and written communications skills with the ability to convey complex technical issues in business terms.

  • Knowledge and understanding of RF/MW technology.

  • Knowledge and understanding of IT Security requirements preferred.

  • Knowledge of layers one, two, and three of the OSI model preferred.

  • Self-motivated with the ability to effectively manage multiple project responsibilities simultaneously.

  • Team-oriented with a strong work ethic.

  • Ability to build relationships, to communicate and work with all levels of management, vendors, and other internal and external groups and customers and exhibit positive influence at all levels.

  • Perform other request work that transitions to the department.

  • Strategic thinker that can embrace, influence, and lead change.

Competencies

  • General knowledge of Southern Company’s core business

  • General knowledge of information technologies (those currently used within the system and new technologies)

  • General knowledge of IT infrastructure components

  • General knowledge of processes for obtaining FCC licenses for microwave paths to include the FCC ULS system.

  • General knowledge of Power Delivery SCADA systems and AMI network.

  • Understand engineering/analysis/design discipline and methodology

  • Ability to effectively organize tasks, manage multiple priorities/details, meet schedules, and deliver on customer commitments

  • Ability to negotiate with and influence others – internally as well as vendors

  • Ability to build relationships and work in a team atmosphere

  • Ability to provide and accept feedback

  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills

  • Demonstrate Southern Company Core Values

  • Professional oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to perform every task safely

Education / Experience

Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Engineering, Business, or related field strongly preferred: ten (10) years of relevant experience is an acceptable substitute.

Location

The successful candidate must reside within the Georgia Power HQ, Alabama Power HQ or Mississippi Power HQ footprint.

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 www.southerncompany.com.

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: 6581

Job Category: Information Technology

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services

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