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Southern Company Accounting Team Leader in Atlanta, Georgia

Accounting Team Leader


Southern Power has a dedicated Lease Administration team responsible for management of our growing lease portfolio. The team handles all accounting, payment obligations, and landowner relations for leases which requires working closely with landowners, Southern Power Legal, and Southern Power Project Development. Each person on the team has routine responsibilities and assignments across multiple lease projects.

The Accounting Team Leader will be a new position on the Southern Power Lease Administration team and will report to the Accounting Supervisor. This role will provide oversight and approval of month-end journal entry processing, balance sheet reconciliations, lease payment obligations, and landowner data changes. The person in this role will also be the primary performer for new lease abstraction and portfolio setup within the lease accounting and management software application, CoStar Real Estate Manager (“CoStar”), as well as the primary contact for lease-related financial data reviews, audit inquiries, and partnership reporting support.


  • This role will serve as a central contact with primary oversight of the SPC Lease Administration team by:

  • Performing set-up of all new leases and validation of lease data and attributes. This includes abstracting/gathering, verifying, and inputting data into CoStar.

  • Performing reviews of monthly lease journal entries, account reconciliations, and other financial data.

  • Approving lease payments (monthly, quarterly, and annually) and assisting with unclaimed property research.

  • Developing/updating ad hoc reports and forms as needed to support routine activities, accounting needs, and financial reporting needs.

  • Gathering necessary data to support SEC lease disclosures, partnership reporting needs, tax requests, and audit requests.

  • Creating and maintaining procedural documentation and training materials to support existing or newly established procedures.

  • Serve as a SME for all lease agreements, data, and the related software (CoStar and Oracle Cloud)

  • Providing guidance to the Lease Administration team and assisting wherever needed.

  • Assisting the organization with other quarterly and annual internal control processes.

Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related area required


  • 4 years of accounting and account reconciliation experience required

  • Previous supervision experience preferred

  • Previous experience working with legal documents, agreements, and contracts preferred

  • Experience with lease administration database systems and accounting systems preferred (previous CoStar and/or Oracle Cloud experience a plus)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and internal control requirements required

  • High/advanced level of proficiency in Excel and other Microsoft Office products required

  • Previous experience successfully handling multiple projects simultaneously required

  • Very quick and intuitive learner of new systems and complex processes required

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Excellent verbal communication

  • Experience coaching or leading others

  • Very detail-oriented

  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment

  • Highly organized

  • Adapts well to change/flexible

  • Ability to manage time and work to tight deadlines

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 47 facilities operating or under construction in 11 states with more than 12,800 MW 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 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally 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 energy companies 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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Power Company

Job Type: Standard

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: SPC2000284

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