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Representative II, Customer Service

Riverdale, GA

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to handle complex customer questions, complaints, billing inquiries, emergency and customer inquiry calls ensuring the safety of the customer with one call resolution within multi-jurisdictional and multi-functional customer contact teams in support of Southern Company Gas regulated and deregulated utilities. The incumbent will also receive and respond to mail, fax, email correspondence and complaints with the highest degree of professionalism in a timely and proficient manner. The incumbent is responsible for taking actions to minimize risk and to ensure liability of the company is secure with each interaction. The incumbent works in a high volume, fast paced, and multi-tasking environment and takes ownership of commercial and residential customer requests (i.e., leaks, gas outages, work requests, etc.). Incumbents are responsible for regulatory compliance and compliance with work policies, practices, and procedures.

Functional Expertise:

  • Answer complex credit and billing inquiries, investigate high bills, analyze customer credit status, quote amount due, authorize extensions, and make arrangements for payment of past due bills, final bills, and returned checks.

  • Process on-line orders, turn-on, turn-off, reconnect and transfers for Virginia Natural Gas, Atlanta Gas Light, and Chattanooga Gas markets.

  • Respond to service policies, rate questions, and billing inquiries.

  • Update and maintain customer information.

  • Answer Business Support Line

  • Adhere to established policies, procedures and quality standards for work performed.

  • Coordinate work requests with appropriate departments and service centers.

  • Perform accounting functions related to orders, adjustments, and corrections.

  • Report service disruptions (i.e., system outages and technical issues)

  • Effectively transfer misdirected customer requests to appropriate department.

  • Offer solutions and solve problems that are sometimes unstructured and that may require reliance on conceptual thinking.

  • Determine documentation requirements; review and maintain hard copies when necessary.

  • Provide information related to outside assistance and other options.

  • Prepare emergency, priority and orders (i.e., leaks, no gas, low/high pressure, emergency locates, meter changes and miscellaneous orders).

  • Report on non-emergency service activities (i.e., errors, calls, emails, complaints and call trends).

  • Investigate and probe to ensure clarity and that customer’s request are satisfied according to emergency policies and procedures.

  • Work with various internal departments (i.e., Credit and Collections, Legal) on preparing itemized statements for bankruptcies and researching and compiling documentation needed for court cases the company has been subpoenaed.

Business Acumen:

  • Must be able to work in an 24/7 working environment, where shifts change due to business needs and seasons.

  • Must be able to work required overtime and holidays.

  • Maintain working knowledge of all company products and services.

  • Responsible for maintaining the security of customer records.

  • Identify potential process improvements/opportunities and provide feedback regarding service failures or customer service enhancements.

Engagement:

  • Participate in activities designed to improve customer satisfaction and business performance.

  • Work closely with various internal and external departments to ensure consistency and accuracy of messaging across digital channels.

  • Manage peer relationships

Driving Results:

  • Accountable for meeting individual performance objectives consistently.

  • Accountable for all metrics that attribute to overall team goals including service level, self-service transaction growth and channel satisfaction.

  • Responsible for managing assigned workload, setting goals, prioritizing work, evaluating results, and taking corrective action as needed.

Education, Certifications/Licenses

Required:

  • High School Diploma or GED

Preferred:

  • BA/BS degree

  • Bilingual (fluent)

Related Work Experience:

Required:

  • Availability to work flexible schedule and independently

  • 1-2 years’ experience in a utility or call center or Equivalent academic/education and work experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:

Required:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Customer Service basic proficiency

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Self-motivated to own reactive response to address customer issues with little oversight.

  • Strong keyboarding skills

  • Quick thinker with an ability to make independent business decisions.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively work with people, resolve issues, and motivate others.

  • Ability to collaborate, provide direction, interpret, and apply policies/procedures.

  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Persuasion and negotiation skills

  • Time Management – maximizing available time to its highest purpose while achieving objectives.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Home Based or Onsite Location after 3 months of proven performance

  • Must be able to report to onsite location within one hour

  • 95% Keyboarding

  • Pass Customer Service Assessment

Disclaimer:

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 over four million U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to a supply of clean, safe, reliable and affordable 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 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: 4209

Job Category: Customer Service

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Atlanta Gas Light

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