Southern Company HR Business Consultant (Plant Gaston & Plant Gadsden) in Wilsonville, Alabama

HR Business Consultant (Plant Gaston & Plant Gadsden)


The Human Resources Business Consultant is responsible for providing HR solutions/services to Plant Gaston and Plant Gadsden. This HR professional will be a strategic business partner with the plant leadership teams, support HR strategic initiatives and contribute to the plant business goal achievement. Some overnight travel is required. This position will be filled based on the knowledge, skills, and experience of the successful candidate. There are no direct reports for this position. The primary work location for this position will be at Plant Gaston in Wilsonville, Alabama with weekly trips to the plant in Gadsden, Alabama.



  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or related field preferred

  • Advanced degree and/or SPHR/PHR certification desirable

Job Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in HR generalist functions working with a broad range of employees (union / non-union, exempt / non-exempt) preferred

  • Consulting experience in performance management, leadership development, succession and development planning, compensation, employee relations, workforce planning & strategic staffing, project management, organizational effectiveness principles, metrics and organizational change

  • Experience in a direct HR consulting role with internal customers is highly desired

  • Experience in a plant/manufacturing environment highly desired

  • Prior experience with staffing challenges and organizational structure changes highly desired

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of Human Resources is required (Employee Relations, Compensation, Disability Management, Labor Relations, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Organizational Design, and Compliance.)

  • Must possess comprehensive knowledge of HR policies and practices and understand their application in solving client needs

  • Ability to diplomatically offer objective and creative solutions to client issues

  • Ability to respect and maintain confidential and sensitive information

  • Ability to champion and influence change and a willingness to take risk

  • Ability to build effective relationships with plant employees as well as leadership by adapting approach/style

  • Champion HR initiatives

  • High level of personal initiative and responsibility

  • A flexible and adaptable approach to consulting services. Ability to consult with multiple customer groups.

  • Consulting, critical thinking, facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills are desired

  • Outstanding communication skills; listening, oral, written, and presentation

  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and ability to manage multiple tasks required

Behavioral Attributes

  • Demonstrates behaviors consistent with the company culture: Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment

  • Ability to build credibility with all levels of employees

  • Demonstrates good judgment, maturity, ability to work with minimum supervision

  • Ability to build effective relationships with all levels of employees

  • Ability to maintain confidential information

  • Ability to make safety a priority – Target Zero

  • Ability to embrace Principle Centered Leadership Values

With 4.4 million customers and more than 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 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 (EOE) of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

Job Field: Human Resources

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Wilsonville

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 50 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC - Plant Gaston - 31972 Highway 25 (31972WILSONVILLE )

31972 Highway 25

Wilsonville, 35186

Req ID: SCS2006244