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Southern Company Materials Specialist (Plant Scherer) in Juliette, Georgia

Materials Specialist (Plant Scherer)


Material Specialist

Plant Scherer

This position acts as the primary contact between plant personnel and the materials department to ensure accuracy and efficiency of stock material. Accountable for analyzing, replenishing, monitoring, and controlling plant inventory to ensure maximum material availability with minimum inventory investment to Southern Company. Responsible for reducing unnecessary or excessive inventory carrying costs, minimizing loss of unit availability due to parts shortages and help ensure the Company's competitive position in the utility industry. Responsible for commodity data review activities in Maximo of Inventory and Materials Management system. Coordinate inventory activities with plant personnel and management to support corporate material initiatives including inventory reporting, analyzing records, reconciliation activities, and other actions necessary to ensure compliance and accuracy of inventory data. Responsible for reporting and documentation associated with Corporate and Sarbanes-Oxley guidelines, local policies, self-assessments, auditing, and any present or future requirements of the Playbook related to materials management. Procurement of local purchases including tracking orders, research, and all other activities as required. Support and promote Safety, Compliance, Customer Service and Team initiatives in the workplace.


  • Primary contact between Plant Personnel, the Materials Department and Supply Chain Management.

  • Responsible for analyzing reorder report daily

  • Ensure review of 20% of Inventory by System Owners every year

  • Take ownership for inventory level accuracy through inventory cycle counts, researching of variances and discrepancies, make corrective measures and analyze Inventory Pre-list daily to ensure departmental accuracy and efficiency

  • Review and optimize stocking levels by manufacturer and unit /equipment

  • Identify criticality of stock items (Critical Spares, Maintenance, Consumable), min/max parameters, initiate reports, identify obsolete inventory and MII (Management Initiative Inventory) material facilitate its disposition and adjustments to inventory with System Owners

  • Standardize new commodity additions and existing commodity information on stock items.

  • Monitor returns to stock of special project material

  • Coordinate and process system and company sales and purchases through interfaces with other plants

  • Coordinate System vendor alliances, stocking and restocking programs, consignments and buy backs with Plant personnel and Supply Chain Management.

  • Responsible for reporting/documentation associated with any present or future requirements in the Playbook related to materials management

  • Coordinate with Maintenance Planning Department to provide material consistent with current needs

  • Requisition and expedite orders as needed

  • Coordinate and complete special projects and information requests

  • Assist with the coordination of vendor alliances and stocking programs.

  • Monitoring and tracking of plant repairable / rotating asset inventory items, through reports and communications with System Owner

  • Must be available for call-outs, some nights and weekend work may be required (including storm duty) and overnight travel

  • Substitute for Materials Team Leader as needed


    Education Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field is preferred

    Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of MAXIMO and the Enterprise Solutions suite of applications

  • Working knowledge of plant operations and equipment is a plus

  • Experience in inventory management and control

  • Working knowledge of the IBEW contract

  • Knowledge of purchasing, accounting and tax policies and procedures

  • Knowledge of material management and inventory fundamentals

  • Strong computer skills: Outlook, Excel, Word - required

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to partner effectively with plant, company, system, and vendor personnel

  • Effective problem solving and analytical skills to evaluate and recommend optimum stocking levels

  • Understanding of auditing principals and techniques to be able to interface with internal/external auditing firms

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality relative to information about vendors and cost

  • Demonstrated strong teamwork, coupled with ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Model “Our Values”- Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment

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: Supply Chain

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Central Georgia-Juliette

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

Plant Scherer - 10986 Highway 87 (10986JULIETTE)

10986 Highway 87

Juliette, 31046

Req ID: GPC2009209