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Southern Company Technology Planning Analyst II in Atlanta, Georgia

Technology Planning Analyst II


Technical Planning Analyst II


This position supports Operations Services to provide thought leadership on strategic technology direction. At its core, this position ensures that our technology investments (cost, people, and infrastructure) are optimal, adheres to standards and is aligned with GAS Technology Solutions and the business. Consideration must be given to all technology delivery components, including resources, hardware, software, and outside services. The Technology Planning Analyst is depended on to provide thought leadership on technology direction and decisions based on emerging technologies, industry trends, best practices, and sound business processes. Planning and analysis responsibilities include defining and supporting investments that enable achievement of business objectives and advance the company’s capabilities to provide a competitive advantage. The position builds and maintains strategic partnerships, clarifies and documents needs and business processes, elicit requirements, and supports business cases. The position may also lead the execution of technology projects, including requirements gathering, ideation, support business case development in partnership with multiple stakeholders and contractors, technology evaluation and acquisition, and overall planning and delivery activities. This position is responsible for promoting and supporting the realization of what is possible with technology.


  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with Operation Services to apply knowledge of the business and appropriate technology for streamlining business processes, reducing costs, improve efficiency, and improving customer satisfaction

  • Understand and articulate the mission, vision, goals, strategic and tactical initiatives of GAS Technology and the business teams in Operation Services; develop strategic technology plans with the business units on a company, team, or system-wide basis

  • Understand and articulate the mission, vision, goals, strategic and tactical initiatives of the technology organization

  • Anticipate and communicate the business unit's technology needs to the technology organization to ensure that technology priorities are established, prioritized, and driven by the business needs to maximize value of technology investments

  • Communicate technology initiatives and updates and educate on technology capabilities and opportunities to the business unit and represent the business unit's interests/concerns/issues on these points

  • Provide active support in the development, communication, and implementation of technology strategic plans and initiatives. Consults with business stakeholders on technology capabilities and on TO products and services

  • Facilitate an account team of technology teammates and business unit management to ensure appropriate handling of business partner strategic and tactical needs

  • Support business case development which clearly articulate business requirements, options for potential solutions, financial benefit, appropriate use of technology, and value added for supported business unit

  • Provide consulting and coordination in vendor management activities, including Statement of Work, quotes, Supply Chain engagement, Requests for Proposals, vendor demonstrations, as well as assisting management with project budget planning

  • Provide leadership and consulting for budgeting of technology products and services to ensure a full understanding of technology costs within the business units

  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships within GAS Technology effectively supporting the business.

  • Share technology best practices within business units, across business units, within Southern Company, and external companies

  • Ensure that business unit understands the importance of common technology standards and the implications (including cost implications) of non-compliance

  • Facilitate business unit prioritization of competing demands for technology resources

  • Lead and facilitate vendors and the business through the TVP/SRA/VRA/ES-ARB process


  • BS or BA degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related field is required or equivalent work experience


  • 2 years of experience in portfolio management, business relationship management, business analysis/consulting or experience in Operation Services business units preferred


  • Demonstrate Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment.

  • Strong account management skills including managing multiple tasks/priorities, communication, teamwork, consulting, financial analysis, negotiating and influencing

  • Proven analytical abilities, planning, and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, exhibit breadth in vision and innovative thinking

  • Demonstrated critical, independent thinking: demonstrated ability to conceive and present creative solutions

  • Ability to build, to maintain, and to influence relationships at all levels and within all organizations

  • General knowledge of capabilities and viabilities of both current and emerging technologies used within Southern Company and externally

  • Through insight into business needs, anticipate and provide suggestions for innovative solutions and uses for emerging technologies to improve productivity and achieve business goals

  • Knowledge of Southern Company’s business functions, including economic and value drivers, and impact of external industry trends

  • Facilitation skills, listening, leadership, strong organizational, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Flexible, can work under stress with changing direction and minimal supervision

  • Self-motivated, takes initiative, is proactive, and habitually removes obstacles for success

Additional Information

  • Some Travel Required: 10 – 15%


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 Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

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

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: SCS2010456