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Southern Company Energy Scheduler (Birmingham, AL) in Birmingham, Alabama

Energy Scheduler (Birmingham, AL)


Hourly Energy Scheduler / Asset Manager

Gas Supply & Energy Trading – Hourly Trading Department

This position will be located at The Energy Center in Birmingham, AL


This position is in the Hourly Trading group within the Gas Supply and Energy Trading department in the Commercial Operations, Planning and Environmental (COP&E) organization. Hourly Trading works closely with Real Time Operations to optimize the Southern Company generation fleet in the real time wholesale power market. This position will provide support for negotiating and executing short term wholesale transactions and the administration of multiple long-term wholesale contracts. This position will primarily be responsible for energy scheduling and tagging activities, transmission procurement, transaction entry and checkout, billing support, and general support to assist energy traders. This position requires the ability to perform detailed transactional work while under strict deadlines. This position entails working in an exciting, fast paced trading floor environment where the successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain insights into a broad sweep of the business including unit commitment, economic dispatch, fleet and gas operations, energy trading, risk, asset management, transmission, and billing.

Hourly Trading is a 24x7x365 function. This position is part of a 6-person team and will be required to work rotating 12 hour shifts which includes nights, weekends, and holidays. Over a typical 6-week rotation this position only works a total of 23 days compared to traditional jobs which work a total of 30 days over the same period. Below is an example of the current shift schedule.

  • Week 1: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (Day Shift 5 AM – 5 PM)

  • Week 2: Wednesday & Thursday (Day Shift 5 AM – 5 PM)

  • Week 3: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday (T Shift [40 hours] – 8 hours each day)

  • Week 4: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday (Night Shift 5 PM – 5 AM)

  • Week 5: Wednesday & Thursday (Night Shift 5 PM – 5 AM)

  • Week 6: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (R Shift [32 hours] – 8 hours each day)


PLEASE NOTE This is an entry level position in the Gas Supply and Energy Trading department in COP&E. Therefore, there are no required qualifications or experience to apply for this position . The following is a list of preferred traits:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a course of study that demonstrates strong analytical and technical skills such as Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Business etc. is desired but not required

  • An MBA or advanced degree in these areas or a related field is a plus

  • NERC System Operator Certification is a plus


  • Experience working in the energy trading field is a plus

  • Experience working rotating shifts is a plus

  • Experience working in a transmission control center, distribution control center, bulk power operations, or generating plant is a plus


  • Strong quantitative, problem solving, and communication skills (written & verbal)

  • Proficiency with Windows based software applications (e.g. MS Office Suite), namely MS Excel, MS Word, etc.

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Ability to initiate and manage multiple projects and meet strict deadlines

  • Possess sound judgment in making decisions under tight time constraints

  • Ability to work effectively with others in a team environment

  • Must be self-directed with strong initiative and dependability

  • Must be able to use discretion concerning sensitive, confidential, and proprietary information

  • Must have strong customer service orientation and be effective interacting with both internal and external customers


In this role, the selected candidate will provide support for the real-time administration of multiple wholesale energy contracts and the commercial transactions. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling transactions, troubleshooting customer/supplier transaction issues

  • Scheduling energy flows to ensure load/generation balancing

  • Providing transmission and RTO ramp availability reporting and procurement support

  • Interfacing with billing function to help process changes and resolve issues arising from transaction activity

  • Providing general support for energy trading products and services

  • Analyzing data and issues in a high-energy, fast-paced environment

  • Maintaining a thorough understanding of the operational aspects of energy trading and the applicable transmission tariffs


  • Some relocation assistance may be available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the Birmingham area


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

  • Performance-sharing plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

*Please submit an updated resume with your application*

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: Energy Trading

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SCS2011685