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Southern Company Lead / Senior Accountant in Atlanta, Georgia

Lead / Senior Accountant



This position has responsibility and oversight over operational controls and business risks to ensure risks to achieving business objectives are addressed and controls and compliance requirements are met. Additionally, this role will have involvement in special projects that impact the accounting organization.



  • Assists business with SOX deficiency remediation.

  • Administrator for ARCS account reconciliation tool.

  • Assists with the design of new non-key controls and training new control owners & performers for key and non-key controls.

  • Leads the annual Atlanta Gas Light SOC 1 report process, including gathering required information, updating the report and works with the external auditors to ensure timely completion.

  • Conducts annual walkthroughs of processes to update process narratives.

  • Maintains delegation of authority memos.

  • Administers non-key control certification process.

  • Assist in the research of accounting and/or disclosure guidance relevant to business units / transactions across the Southern Company Gas organization.

  • Assist in the formal written documentation of accounting issue analyses, conclusions, and support for conclusions.

  • Assist in the formal written documentation of accounting policies.

Business Acumen

  • Ensures compliance with policies and procedures.

  • Assists with the identification and remediation of process gaps.

  • Provides well-developed professional expertise and decision-making abilities, specifically related to cause studies and analysis of internal events.

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize.

  • Provides guidance to business units and departments regarding process narratives and desktop procedures.


  • Works with internal customers on the resolution of operational risks and SOX deficiencies.

  • Communicates with and engages with stakeholders for real-time elevation of issues.

  • Works with customers (internal and external) to resolve problems; answers questions and provides guidance and recommendations on process improvements.

Driving Results

  • Performs within dynamic environment with heightened sense of urgency and accountability.

  • Involved with annual training on the importance of internal controls.

  • Manages personal performance to achieve performance objectives.

  • Assists with driving results through execution of and adherence to organizational policies.

  • Works in an environment that supports and encourages self-identification of issues within the business.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • BA/BS in Accounting or Finance

Related Work Experience:


  • 3 years’ experience in accounting, auditing, risk management or similar function.


  • 5 years’ experience in accounting, auditing, risk management or other similar function

  • Public accounting experience.

  • Experience producing well-written accounting narratives, memos or other documents.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • MS Word – advanced proficiency

  • MS Excel – intermediate proficiency

  • MS PowerPoint – intermediate/advanced proficiency

  • SharePoint – Intermediate proficiency

  • Ability to prioritize work-flow and design/implement control practices

  • Ability to communicate and elevate issues concisely

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Office environment

  • Travel – minimal/as required


This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

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 Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

AGLR Corporate Office - 10 Peachtree Place NE (10AtlantaCODE)

10 Peachtree Place NE

Atlanta, 30309

Req ID: GAS2002430

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