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Southern Company Staff Accountant- Accounts Payable in Birmingham, Alabama

Staff Accountant- Accounts Payable


Accountant- Accounts Payable

The position is responsible for providing support to meet corporate and business unit goals and objectives and performing Southern Accounts Payable activities in support of financial reporting and ensuring compliance with financial controls, policies, procedures and applicable laws that govern our business. The AP functions include but are not limited to invoice and check processing, PCard and business expense statement administration and audits, 1099/1042 reporting, and administration of AP internal controls. The candidate should possess overall knowledge of utility accounting and superior analytical/problem-solving skills.


  • Knowledge of GAAP, FERC, budget concepts and accounting principles

  • Supports AP Management in providing full customer support to all internal and external customers of the Company, to include suppliers, tax authorities, auditors and other employees.

  • Able to analyze data and determine proper accounting treatment.

  • Ensure all identified key controls are operating effectively and maintain appropriate documentation for quarterly and annual reporting.

  • Provide analysis, research and out-of-the-box thinking to identify potential efficiencies and process improvements within the department.

  • Assist with responding to data requests from auditors, PSC, rate case filings, etc.

  • Identify opportunities for efficiencies and support cost containment initiatives to meet budgetary requirements.

  • Special projects and requests as determined by AP Management.

  • Communicate professionally with all internal and external customers.


Education Requirements:

  • BS Degree required. Accounting and/or Finance degree preferred

Experience Requirements:

Experience that is desirable for the position:

  • Accounts payable

  • Ability to analyze a situation/problem and develop options/solutions

  • Member of cross functional teams

  • Advanced Excel and data analytics

  • Exposure to Oracle, Maximo, Inspyrus, or related applications

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; communicating effectively across all organizational levels as well as technical and non-technical professionals

  • Demonstrate ability to make timely, and effective decisions

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

  • Possess proactive problem solving and analytical skills to research and solve problems

  • Operate effectively on a team

  • Knowledge of Southern Company and corporate governance

  • Understanding of organizational relationships and interdependency

  • Ability to think strategically and use sound judgment

  • Exhibit flexibility in a changing environment

  • Ability to train employees in and outside the Department on rules, policies, and processes

Behavioral Attributes

  • Ability to consult and interface with all levels of employees, and gain support from others

  • Demonstrate Southern Values

  • Safety First - We believe the safety of our employees and customers is paramount. We will perform and maintain every job, every day, safely.

  • Unquestionable Trust - Honesty, respect, fairness and integrity drive our behavior. We keep our promises and ethical behavior is our standard.

  • Superior Performance - We are dedicated to superior performance throughout our business. We will continue our strong focus on innovative solutions, improving how we run our business and our commitment to environmental stewardship.

  • Total Commitment - We are committed to the success of our employees, customers and shareholders and our communities. We fully embrace, respect, and value our differences and diversity

Other Requirements

  • Occasional travel required.

  • Extended hours and weekend work as required

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 electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national 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 utilities 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: Accounting & Auditing

Job Type: Standard

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

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2009748