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Southern Company Staff Accountant II in Atlanta, Georgia

Staff Accountant II


This role will focus on the monthly financial close process and subsequent reporting of results for multiple Southern Company Gas business units, including but not limited to owned storage facilities and pipeline investments. The individual assigned to this role will engage stakeholders supporting the close process, coordinating the receipt of information from various internal and external sources for use in the preparation of monthly journal entries and resolving any discrepancies in the data, along with completing account reconciliations. Additionally, on a monthly basis, the individual in this role will review financial statements and ensure results and related variance explanations are delivered to management timely, accurately, and in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This role will provide internal and external auditors with information required to perform annual and quarterly audits, prepare information for data requests, reports and schedules for regulatory filings, and prepare quarterly and year-end financial schedules required for external reporting. Research and reporting on significant accounting issues, along with involvement in projects and analysis regarding process improvements, technical accounting matters, and system upgrades may be required on an as needed basis.


Functional Expertise:

  • Participates in the monthly, quarterly, and annual financial close process.

  • Performs monthly analytical reviews of specific business units, financial statement lines, and account reconciliations.

  • Prepares journal entries, including those for modestly complex transactions; determines and makes appropriate adjustments.

  • Performs modestly complex general ledger account reconciliations; analyzes and researches outstanding items/issues.

  • Coordinates the receipt of information from various internal and external sources for use in the preparation of monthly journal entries.

  • Generates and/or reviews standard and non-standard reports; analyzes data; tests for reasonableness.

  • Prepares and/or reviews data requests, reports and schedules for regulatory agencies (state regulators, FERC, etc.).

  • Participates on special projects as requested.

Business Acumen:

  • Calculates, reviews, and analyzes financial information related to areas of assigned responsibility; analyzes variances; uses professional judgment and expertise to perform complex estimates and calculations.

  • Exhibits well-developed communication and decision-making abilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize.

  • Independently and creatively solves problems.


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

  • Assists internal customers with recommendations on recording transactions; explains the impact to the general ledger and financial statements.

  • Collaborates and builds effective relationships with stakeholders.

  • Assists internal customers with recommendations on recording transactions; explains the impact to the general ledger and financial statements.

Driving Results:

  • Responsible for monitoring progress against defined goals/deliverables; holds self and other accountable for results.

  • Follows organizational policies and procedures.

  • Provides continuous process improvement suggestions and assists with implementation of new processes and tools, as necessary.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • BA/BS degree in Accounting


  • Equivalent academic education and experience


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Related Work Experience:


  • 4-6 years advanced accounting experience, including performing complex financial analysis


  • Equivalent academic education and experience


  • Natural gas industry experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Advanced knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities, including the ability to critically think and present new or creative solutions.

  • Common ERP (e.g., PeopleSoft) and reporting knowledge/abilities – advanced proficiency Skilled in using Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Team player and with the ability to work independently.

  • Ability to work in an organized, detailed manner under tight deadline.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Travel Requirements :

  • Infrequent Traveler (0-5% travel): The incumbent may be required to travel on a very limited basis. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

Work Environment

  • The incumbent works in an office environment.


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 a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. 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 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: GAS2003702

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