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Southern Company Specialist I - HR Service Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Specialist I - HR Service Center



The HR Service Center provides an array of transactional and administrative HR services for executives, managers, employees, retirees, and vendors. The HR Specialists work closely together to answer, research, and respond to inquiries primarily received through direct phone contact as well as email, chat, regular mail and fax. Responsibilities include health and welfare plan support, interpretation of policies, programs and procedures, support of all HR technologies, process HR transactions in PeopleSoft (SHIPS), tuition reimbursement program administration, employee learning administration, managing personnel files and responding to legal requests.

We are seeking 5 HR Specialists to join our team!

JOB REQUIREMENTS ( Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills )

  • Successful completion of aptitude test

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Experience in call center or service center environment

  • Ability to work proficiently in HR Systems and software (PeopleSoft/SHIPS, Case Management System, and Microsoft Office)

  • Must possess excellent organizational skills with the ability to organize data and facts with strong attention to detail and have the ability to handle a high pressure/high stress environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to convey information in a manner that is compelling and convincing

  • Ability to develop creditability and trust within a short period of time with customers, partners and peers

  • Manage multiple high profile initiatives simultaneously without loss of composure while continuing to fulfill other job-related tasks

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously on work that is complex and varied in nature without sacrificing quality

  • Ability to perform routine repetitive tasks while maintaining superior quality

  • Ability to work cohesively in a team environment

  • Possess excellent phone etiquette


  • Interpret and answer inbound customer inquiries by researching information from various data repositories and determining appropriate response

  • Complete requests in multiple HR systems, retrieve answers from various sources and document requests in the Case Management System

  • Process PeopleSoft transactions including hires, rehires, promotions, transfers, system transfers, tuition reimbursement, education acceptance and update employee training records

  • Run PeopleSoft standard and ad hoc reports as requested

  • Provide advocacy support to employees regarding company sponsored benefit plans

  • Research, analyze and resolve data issues and make corrections as needed

  • Administer the tuition reimbursement program, as well as queries and reporting

  • Research, analyze and resolve time off escalations and process STARS adjustments/corrections

  • Administration of the training application, LearningSOurce, to include set up of courses and curriculum, initiate notifications and support changes in data, as well as troubleshooting issues.

  • Respond to subpoenas and internal requests (Corporate Security, Workplace Ethics, etc.) for documents or employee information

  • Process and administer all leave-of-absence requests and disability paperwork: FMLA.

  • Effectively interpret FMLA and ADA implications as they relate to leaves of absences/disabilities.

  • Support special business unit initiatives such as career transition plans, organization redesign, and movement of personnel across subsidiaries, and large-scale system implementations

  • Provide ongoing feedback to Corporate HR departments on policy, plan and program design as needed to clarify HR products and services

  • Perform non-phone work as scheduled to support other HR service center administrative functions, such as data entry, reconciliation and correspondence.

  • Research, resolve and respond to employee questions and concerns related to health and welfare, pension, employee savings plan and supplemental benefit plans

  • Provide benefit plan interpretation for employees, managers and HR Business Partners

  • Understand and interpret benefit policies such as ERISA, FMLA, COBRA, ESP, etc.


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 (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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

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

30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2010093