Southern Company Accountant - Internal Controls in Atlanta, Georgia

Accountant - Internal Controls


The Internal Controls Accountant position will assist in a variety of activities to enhance Southern Power's internal control environment by supporting process owners in meeting control requirements, leading special projects and implementing process improvements. This position will have a key role in ensuring reliability of current processes through maintenance and monitoring of policies, processes, controls and through active participation in ongoing improvement initiatives. The position will report to the SPC Internal Controls Supervisor and work closely with SPC Accounting/Finance Managers, Supervisors and Team Leads. In addition, this position will work cross-functionally and interact with various members of Southern Power, Southern Company Internal Controls and Compliance, etc. to perform primary responsibilities. This position is located in Atlanta, GA.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensure all internal controls are designed and operating effectively by:

  • Engaging process owners to ensure control assignments are up-to-date

  • Facilitating and tracking quarterly process owner self-assessment on mandatory controls

  • Performing testing of effectiveness for mandatory controls

  • Raising awareness of potential control gaps and opportunities for improvement

  • Defining, implementing and monitoring remediation plans on identified control gaps

Enhance and implement changes to the internal control environment by:

  • Researching, identifying, and implementing internal control and other best practices

  • Coordinating and conducting training on various topics to build awareness and reinforce the importance of a strong internal control environment

Support the overall advancement of the Southern Power team by:

  • Assisting with creation and maintenance of financial accounting, reporting and finance desktop procedures and other related documentation

  • Performing analysis and leveraging insights gained from various activities to identify and drive implementation of process improvements as well as participate in special assignments, initiatives and projects that increase productivity and efficiencies

  • Assist with financial statement audits of Southern Power and its subsidiaries including monitoring completion of audit requests, participating in process walkthroughs and providing internal controls process expertise

Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply:


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Accounting, Business, Finance, or related field

  • 2 years of accounting experience

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience in the Following Areas:

  • Recent public accounting, audit and/or internal controls experience

  • Strong understanding of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) internal controls requirements, the Committee of Sponsoring Organization (COSO) framework, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements

  • Utility industry experience including understanding of concepts, processes, and controls

  • Project development and management skills with the proven ability to drive process improvement

  • Self-motivated individual that takes initiative

  • Self-directed and proactive individual capable of handling multiple projects with competing deadlines

  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and quickly adapt to change

  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio)

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or have the rights to 46 facilities operating or under construction in eleven states with more than 12,600 megawatts of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national 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 utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. #LI 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: Accounting & Auditing

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Power

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Southern Company Headquarters - 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW (30ATLANTA)

30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2006685