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Southern Company Internal Controls & Compliance Accountant in Atlanta, Georgia

Internal Controls & Compliance Accountant


This position will lead or assist efforts to ensure the Company complies with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and work directly with the Registrants & Shared Services management & control performers throughout Southern Company. This position will be responsible for performing and documenting control walkthroughs, updating flowcharts/narratives, designing controls, creating control test plans, performing control testing, evaluating exceptions/deficiencies, and providing SOX status updates.

Occasional overnight travel will be required.


  • Ensure that Southern Company complies with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 by supporting risk assessments, reviewing control design, implementing control test strategies, testing controls, evaluating deficiencies, and communicating testing/status results effectively and timely.

  • Support non-SOX related projects or activities as required, which may include (but are not limited to) Disclosure Controls & Procedures (DCP), Executive Compensation Analysis, controls monitoring/certifications, approval limit exceptions, Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, and Management Representations Letters.

  • Independently plan and schedule routine and non-routine projects

  • Create partnerships with Registrants and Shared Service control owners/performers

  • Support external and internal audit SOX related activities, which includes providing documentation for audits, explaining controls design and reviewing operating results, discussions with control performers (where required), and evaluating any issues that may arise.

  • Support internal controls design for special projects, such as GAS Systems Integrations and Lease Accounting Standards Implementation.Continuously identify process improvements to achieve Company goals efficiently and effectively


Education & Certifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Accounting or another related fieldCertification (such as CPA) or progress toward related certification is strongly desired


  • Minimum 2 to 5 years Internal Controls or Internal Auditing experience performing risk assessments, walk throughs, control design, control testing, and deficiency evaluations

Preferred Areas of Knowledge

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

  • Auditing Standard 5

  • COSO 2013 Internal Control Framework

  • Financial risks and controls mitigating these risks

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

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

  • Security and Exchange Commission rules and reporting requirements

Preferred Skills

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

  • Creative problem-solving skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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

  • Good business judgment

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Effectively resolve conflict, confront disagreements positively, and express different points of view

  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate self confidence

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 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. #LI

Job Field: Accounting & Auditing

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

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

Req ID: SCS2008635

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