Southern Company Accountant in Atlanta, Georgia



The Accountant position is an integral part of a team that performs all financial accounting functions and supports the financial reporting functions for Southern Power, an SEC registrant. The position will report up within the Southern Power Accounting organization and is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Major Job Responsibilities Include

  • Perform activities associated with financial accounting for various key areas for Southern Power and its subsidiaries, including monthly journal entries, analysis of financial transactions and results, account reconciliations and other accounting duties as assigned.

  • Prepare quarterly and annual external audit requests, ensuring timely response and maintenance of good working relationship with the external auditor.

  • Ensure that all internal controls surrounding responsibilities are adequate and functioning.

  • Provide management with detailed budget to actual and actual to actual variance explanations.

  • Provide and assist in obtaining relevant accounting and disclosure information for quarterly SEC filings.

Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent is required

  • CPA license (or equivalent) is preferred


  • Experience in preparing journal entries and account reconciliations is preferred.

  • Experience in performing analysis on financial transactions and results is preferred.

  • Experience with the Oracle Financials, Maximo and PowerPlan applications is preferred.

  • 3 or more years of accounting experience is preferred.

  • Public accounting experience is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is required.

  • Ability to identify and address accounting issues is required.

  • Knowledge of the utility industry and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) System of Accounts is a plus.

  • Knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance requirements is a plus.

  • Positive, professional attitude with strong interpersonal and communication skills is required; team player.

  • Self-directed, proactive and able to handle multiple projects and competing deadlines.

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and decision-making abilities.

  • Model all aspects of Company’s values: Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment.

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or have the rights to 46 facilities operating or under construction with more than 12,600 MW of generating capacity in 11 states: 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. 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: SCS2006700