Research Accountant

Atlanta, GA

Summary of Position Duties

The responsibilities for the Research Accountant position include:

  • Serve as the Chair/Lead of the Technology Accounting Review Committee.

  • Research and provide sound guidance on technical software and hardware accounting and reporting issues for Southern Company Services and its subsidiaries.

  • Assist with accounting conversations as appropriate between the SCS Technology Organization and System Accounting Research, Corporate Accounting, Budgeting & Reporting, and Property Accounting teams.

  • Evaluate the impact of new accounting standards and participate in the adoption of the new standards.

  • Document and communicate complex accounting decisions and cost recovery mechanisms for technology projects.

Job Experience and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting is required

  • Advanced Degree or CPA is preferred

  • Five years of accounting experience is required

  • Technology and/or Utility accounting experience is preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate conversations on complex accounting topics is required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of FASB and SEC accounting and reporting standards and requirements

  • Ability to research technical/complex accounting issues

  • Extremely strong oral and written communications skills with the ability to understand and explain complex accounting issues to a varied audience

  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with accounting, auditing, various non-financial functional areas, and varying levels of staff and management

  • Understanding of FERC reporting requirements is a plus

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

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 Identification: 5565

Job Category: Accounting & Auditing

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services