Staff Accountant

Atlanta, GA

Staff Accountant


The Staff Accountant position is an integral part of a team that performs all financial accounting for Southern Power Company, an SEC registrant. The position is within the Corporate & Gas accounting team, reporting to the Team Leader, and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a hybrid position that requires 1 to 3 in-office working days each week.


  • Perform activities associated with financial accounting for various key areas for Southern Power Company and its subsidiaries, including monthly journal entries, analysis of financial transactions and results, account reconciliations and other accounting duties as assigned (may include activities to incorporate acquired entities).

  • Ensure that all internal controls surrounding responsibilities are adequate and functioning.

  • Provide management with detailed actual to budget or actual to actual variance explanations as requested.

  • Provide and assist in obtaining relevant accounting and disclosure information for quarterly SEC filings as requested.

  • Prepare quarterly and annual external audit requests as requested, ensuring timely response and maintenance of good working relationship with the external auditor.



  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent is required.

  • CPA license (or equivalent) is preferred.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • 2 or more years of accounting experience is preferred.

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is preferred.

  • Experience in preparing journal entries and account reconciliations is preferred.

  • Experience in performing analysis on financial transactions and results is preferred.

  • Experience with accounting systems and tools (Oracle, Excel, SOAR) is preferred.

  • Knowledge of the utility industry and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) System of Accounts is a plus.

  • Knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance requirements is a plus.

  • Positive, professional attitude with strong interpersonal and communication skills is required, team player.

  • Proactive working style with ability to handle multiple projects and competing deadlines is required; self-directed.

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills are required.

  • Model all aspects of Company Values: Safety First, Intentional Inclusion, Act with Integrity, and Superior Performance.

Southern Power , a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own 55 facilities operating or under construction in 14 states with more than 12,500 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Washington.

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: 6061

Job Category: Accounting & Auditing

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Power