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Southern Company Internal Controls Analyst in Atlanta, Georgia

Internal Controls Analyst


Southern Company is a leading producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, and we approach each day as a vital step in building the future of energy. At Southern Company we are always looking ahead, and our innovations in the industry—from new nuclear to deployment of electric transportation and renewables —help brighten the lives and businesses of millions of customers nationwide.

Internal Controls Analyst


This position will help lead efforts to ensure Southern Company complies with the Payment Card Industry Standards as well as assist with Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002. This position will also assist with new emerging risks (such as new accounting standards, new business ventures, and system implementation).

Position is anticipated to be remote with occasional in-person requirements. Commuting distance to downtown areas of Atlanta or Birmingham is required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate Payment Card Industry compliance efforts across the company. This position will train new groups whenever new Payment Card Channels are implemented, coordinate annual walkthroughs, and test controls.

  • As needed, assist with the development of internal control design for new and emerging risks. This can include new accounting standards, new business ventures, and new system implementations

  • Lead various recurring activities, including (but not limited to) Segregation of Duties, Service Organization Controls (SOC) report assessments, Executive Compensation review, managing Southern Company’s approval limits, risk assessments, management reporting, Disclosure Controls & Procedures, Management Representation Letters, data analytics, and application administration

  • Partner with Registrants and Shared Services management teams to perform SOX control walkthroughs and testing to ensure Internal Controls activities are designed and operating effectively

  • Leverage available technology to analyze data and develop efficiencies in testing or monitoring of controls

  • Work with both financial and non-financial business units to develop a working knowledge of their end-to-end processes

  • Continuously identify process improvements to achieve Company goals efficiently and effectively

Education and Certifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field is required

  • Certification (e.g., PCI ISC, CPA, CIA) or willingness to pursue certification is strongly desired


  • Experience in Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance is preferred

  • Experience in SOX compliance and/or auditing performing risk assessments, walk throughs, control design, control testing, and deficiency evaluations is preferred

Areas of Knowledge

  • Payment Card Industry

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

  • Auditing Standard 5

  • COSO 2013 Internal Control Framework

  • Financial risks and mitigating controls

  • Project Management

  • Southern Company’s accounting policies, procedures, and supporting computer systems

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

  • Security and Exchange Commission rules and reporting requirements

Skills and Abilities

  • Project development and management skills, along with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative and self confidence

  • Ability to think big-picture to identify and implement process improvements

  • Creative problem-solving skills

  • Ability to leverage data analysis to create and implement testing efficiencies

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with both staff and higher levels of management

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and foster lasting relationships

  • Good business judgment and decision-making skills

  • Excellent teamwork abilities both within immediate team as well as across the enterprise

  • Desire to learn the Utility financial and operational functions

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. #LI

Job Field: Accounting & Auditing

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta, Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

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

30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Atlanta, 30308

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

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2010455