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Southern Company Financial Analyst III/SR in Naperville, Illinois

Financial Analyst III/SR


The purpose of this position is to perform advanced level financial analysis, modeling and planning to support business activities. This role must possess excellent analytical capabilities have a solid understanding of the levers that impact financial results, be data-driven and detail oriented to analyze both quantitative and qualitative information into actionable insights and results. This position will be an intricate member of the business, partnering closely with cross-functional teams, focused on providing support and insight to decision makers. This position will report to the manager of financial planning and analysis.

Job Responsibilities & Accountabilities by Competency

Functional Expertise:

•Supports business areas in plan creation (budgets, forecasts and strategic)

•Provides business area value added analysis and reporting (monthly variance

reporting, trending, projections, presentations and ad-hoc analysis) to support business decision makers

•Works with business area leaders to achieve desired results

•Provides support for journal entries to close the books

•Supports business area needs (non-budget/finance)

•Capable of developing automated internal reporting and presentation for senior management

•Performs financial and ad-hoc analysis as requested.

Business Acumen:

•Analyzes financial and non-financial data to help drive business decisions

•Articulates results, variances and key drivers effectively

•Demonstrates knowledge of the business and industry in analyses

•Creates scenario models

•Proposes recommendations and alternatives to meet objectives.


•Collaborates with business area to understand trends and initiatives (current and future)

•Builds effective relationships with business area(s) supported

•Communicates effectively with all levels of the business area supported

•Influences business decisions by sharing analyses and expertise

•Supports business user needs for FP&A system tools and templates.

Driving Results:

•Monitors results versus plan and works with business leaders to achieve desired results

•Implements or drives process and/or profit improvements.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


BA/BS Degree in Business, Accounting or Finance (or comparable degree)


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Related Work Experience:


3-5 years experience performing financial analysis, planning, and management reporting

Experience working with senior executives on an individual and team basis


Utility, natural gas or other energy industry experience

Applicant may possess a combination of equivalent education and work experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


Working knowledge of PeopleSoft financial, budgeting and reporting systems or similar systems

MS Excel – intermediate to advanced proficiency

MS Office Suite – intermediate proficiency

General knowledge of accounting


Knowledge of Hyperion financial reporting and analysis system

Knowledge of Cognos TM1 planning application

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

The incumbent works in an office environment.

Infrequent Traveler (0-5% travel): The incumbent may be required to travel on a very limited basis. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.


This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

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: Finance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: GAS2002274

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