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Southern Company Supervisor, Application Development in Birmingham, Alabama

Supervisor, Application Development


Purpose: This position is responsible for providing leadership and strategic delivery in support of condition-based maintenance programs, remote operations and equipment diagnostics for the Southern Company Generation Fossil / Hydro plants, Fleet Strategy and Reliability, Southern Nuclear, Southern Power, Research and Development and Power Delivery. The primary focus of this role is to support and enhance technology used to capture, store and analyze operational time series data.

Responsibilities include production support and maintenance of existing business applications, as well as successful new solution development, including the analysis, purchase and implementation of appropriate vendor applications in support of existing monitoring and diagnostic centers and remote operation centers. The position will be responsible for building, maintaining and improving a data analytics platform to optimize maintenance and extend diagnostic capabilities.

This position leverages business, technical, and consulting resources from across the Technology Organization (TO) to ensure the timely delivery of effective business solutions. The scope of work includes: managing the life cycle of applications; providing project oversight; managing the staff who design, deliver, and maintain application products; staying abreast of emerging technologies; developing expertise in the business area and effectively applying the knowledge gained within TO; ensuring effective resource planning; effectively managing the budget for the function.

Directly reporting to this position will be 7 professional staff members with strong technical, project management, consulting, and communication skills. This position provides performance management and development of the people reporting to this position. This position also aids decisions related to process improvements and work assignments and ensures compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and SPC separation protocol.

Education/Experience :

  • Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field required

  • 5 or more years of experience in IT, with at least 2 years of experience leading multiple, small-medium sized and cross-functional teams

  • Expertise with big data techniques, technologies and successful benefit realization of traditional reporting, data analytics capabilities and multi-faceted solutions and platforms delivered with an agile business use case driven mindset.

  • Working knowledge and understanding of existing and emerging information technologies

  • Awareness of energy industry trends, opportunities and challenges

  • Demonstrated ability to understand technology issues and quantify the risks to ensure appropriate business decisions are made

  • Has developed initiatives and delivered results on time and within budgets

  • Has worked across functions in TO or in business

  • Has developed effective working relationships with employees, peers, and management

  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills including building a strong results-oriented team; performance management; budget management

  • Demonstrated communication skills (oral/written) to all levels of employees/management


Positive attitude, leadership capability and skills, proactive, ability to work in fast-paced/high pressure environment, deals well with change, deadline oriented, capability to understand technical information, excellent interpersonal skills, business focused, ability to think out of the box, ability to formulate strategic plans, excellent analytical skills, creative problem-solving skills, project development & management skills, good business judgment, strong performance management skills, strong verbal/written communication & presentation skills, good negotiation skills, shows initiative and takes ownership of work, strong technical experience, ability to simplify complex subjects in a way that can be easily understood by non-technical audiences.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Drives and manages continuous improvement of technology delivery, maintenance, production support and reliability.

  • Understand the highly competitive generation business and support model required to meet business needs

  • Responsible for support of OSIsoft PI and Aspen IP21 Data Historians.

  • Develop, drive and deliver on departmental strategic plans and goals

  • Proactively manage the life cycle of the applications. Includes managing new solution development and assessing/implementing options from vendors; efficiently supporting, maintaining, and retiring applications to ensure maximum value and reduced cost

  • Monitor solutions to maintain alignment with the business units

  • Ensure application solutions exceed expectations for functionality, quality, cost and timely delivery

  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships/partnerships with TO, business units and external vendors

  • Attract, develop, retain, and manage a highly effective, diverse workforce of technical employees highly skilled in multiple disciplines whose purpose is to design, develop, and successfully implement on time and within budget, applications and other products that deliver business value and exceed expectations

  • Manage the organization as a business with emphasis on efficient budget planning, budget variance management, strong financial performance and effective resource planning

  • Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and established practices and procedures


Job Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

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

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SCS2009155