Southern Company Costing Analyst in Birmingham, Alabama

Costing Analyst

Description

The Costing and Load Research team within Regulatory Pricing and Costing produces and supports accurate and timely cost of service analyses required for regulatory filings, wholesale agreements, Pricing support, Marketing Strategy support, Programs and Intelligence support, Innovation support, Treasury support, profitability analyses, and management requests. This position will report to the Team Leader – Costing Services.

Responsibilities of the analyst include:

  • Performing cost of service analysis to meet requests described above

  • Supporting the development of the Jurisdictional Separation Study (cost of service) filing to the Alabama Public Service Commission (APSC)

  • Supporting the development of other annual rate filings and informational submittals to the APSC

  • Collect, verify/validate, and maintain data from a diverse group of functional areas in support of cost of service studies

  • Establish and maintain credibility with our external stakeholders through written communication and presentations (APSC Staff, Attorney General’s Office)

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with our internal stakeholders/support groups (Accounting, Regulatory Affairs, Financial Planning, Resource Planning, SCS Costing & Energy Analysis, etc.) to ensure our analysis incorporates changes in business practices or accounting standards

  • Communication of summarized, utility concepts and large data sets through written communication and presentations to internal and external stakeholders

  • Work closely with other Regulatory personnel to define parameters to be used for rate development and design

  • Work closely with accounting personnel in reconciling cost of service and other analyses to Company books and records

  • Participate in the development of automated tools/systems that will maximize efficiency of our business processes; continually re-evaluate business processes and tools/technology to improve productivity and efficiency of the team

Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply:

Experience and Education

  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting, Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics or related field is preferred

  • Advanced degree in Business, Accounting or Finance is a plus

  • Experience in structuring, analyzing, summarizing and presenting large volumes of data

  • Experience in or exposure to the application of accounting practices, standards or PSC orders within the utility industry is preferred

  • Experience in managing cross functional projects that enable building and managing effective working relationships across multiple business units as well as other organizations is preferred

  • Experience in Regulatory Affairs, Costing, Pricing, Load Research, Data Analysis, Accounting, economic analysis, Finance, Generation, Transmission, or System Planning is a plus

  • Experience in or exposure to the implementation of utility rate design, structuring or modification within the utility industry is a plus

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Strong quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong abilities in the use of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel - the ability to utilize advanced features, best practices and program in Visual Basic and SAS is a plus

  • Demonstrated ability to apply out of the box problem solving and strategic thinking skills to issues with no clear solution

  • Ability to summarize utility concepts and large data sets through written communication and presentations for internal and external use

  • Understanding of utility financial reporting through Accounting schedules, annual SEC filings and FERC filings is preferred

  • Familiarity with Southern Company business operations, Company rates, financial goals, and regulatory environment is a plus

  • Familiarity with various aspects of utility business is a plus

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks with changing priorities

  • Effective interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to build relationships at all levels and with external stakeholders

Behavioral Attributes

  • Attention to detail and strong motivation for quality, accuracy, and timeliness

  • Takes personal ownership/responsibility and demonstrates initiative

  • Customer focused and willing to accept challenging assignments

  • Demonstrates inclusiveness in a team environment

  • Remains focused during critical situations

  • Must be self-motivated, require limited supervision, and able to adapt to and support continuous change

  • Communicates essential information (problems, ideas, feedback, etc.) to manager & team in a timely manner

  • Plans & schedules work/projects & overcomes obstacles to accomplish objectives

  • Represents the department with a positive attitude and assures continued respect and trust in our work product

Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

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: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

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

Operating Company: Alabama Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: APC2004946