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Southern Company Research Accountant (Full time or Part time) in Atlanta, Georgia

Research Accountant (Full time or Part time)


Research Accountant (Full time or Part time)

The position is in the Accounting Research Department, collaborating with a team responsible for providing accounting guidance on new, proposed, or non-routine transactions while considering financial, regulatory, and tax accounting impacts and ensuring compliance with GAAP, SEC, FERC, and GPSC requirements.

The position will be:

  • filled at a level depending on the skills and experience of the individual selected;

  • required to maintain a current review of all new pronouncements, standards, interpretations, and directives issued by the Financial Accountings Standards Board (FASB), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC);

  • responsible for researching technical accounting and regulatory issues, formulating accounting conclusions, and formally documenting the Company's position;

  • responsible for providing Accounting management with assurance that the financial reporting and disclosures of the Company are accurate by ensuring compliance with all accounting principles and regulatory requirements;

  • required to review all contracts and leases entered into by the Company to ensure proper Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and regulatory accounting treatment; and

  • assisting with the Company's response to proposed guidance issued by the FASB, SEC and any other regulatory body.

The person in this position will work directly with Georgia Power Company's (GPC) Accounting Finance and Treasury (AFT) organization, AFT management, other system departments, other operational management, internal and external auditors, and any other providers or users of accounting data to ensure compliance with emerging and changing issues. This position will also be required to provide quarterly education and training on technical accounting topics and updates. This position will be a flexible hybrid work structure based in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Power Corporate Office.


Experience & Education:

  • BS or BA in Accounting or equivalent is required

  • CPA and an advanced degree are preferred

  • 3 years of work experience in an accounting discipline is preferred (utilizing skills and abilities outlined below)

  • Experience in a public accounting firm is desirable

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge and ability to apply GAAP and SEC rules and reporting requirements

  • Knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley Act

  • Knowledge of FERC System of Accounts and rate making concepts a plus

  • Knowledge of ASC 842, Leases and ASC 606, Revenue Recognition

  • Working knowledge of accounting research tools (e.g., Accounting Research Manager)

  • Ability to research accounting transactions and regulatory issues and provide sound guidance

  • Comfortable with making decisions

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and meet deadlines.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to communicate effectively at all levels. Ability to communicate accounting applications and analysis to non-financial employees.

  • Exhibit strong initiative and require minimal supervision.

  • Must handle confidential and sensitive information

  • Ability to manage large projects with detailed implementation schedules.

Other Attributes:

  • Candidate must demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Company culture - Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment.

  • Comfortable in a team environment

  • Builds supportive relationships and maintains consistent communication throughout the organization

  • Positive attitude, respects others and their opinions

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills

  • Be flexible and a decision maker, understanding the broad implications of decisions and work activities

  • Self-starter and results oriented

  • Comply with applicable laws, regulations and policies

  • Exhibit a high degree of initiative and takes personal responsibility for assignments to ensure client needs are fully met

  • Consistent performance during increased pressures and conscientious about deadlines

Other Requirements:

  • Extended hours occasionally

  • Weekend work - limited

  • Travel – limited

  • Flexible hybrid work structure based in Atlanta, GA

  • Full time or part-time

Subject to the Georgia Power Company Smoke Free Workplace Policy: You must be free from all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, patch and/or gum), at least six months prior to applying for this position.

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit and connect with the Company on Facebook ( ), Twitter ( ) and Instagram ( ).

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: Georgia Power Company

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: GPC2008178

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