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Southern Company Technical Product Owner in Birmingham, Alabama

Technical Product Owner



As part of the Customer Engagement Portfolio within Southern Company’s Technology organization, the Technical Product Owner is responsible for managing and supporting product and platform enhancements, maintenance, life-cycle management for the Customer Engagement suite of online solutions including multiple web, batch, and middleware applications. This role will involve managing every aspect of the product development process from discovery, development, delivery, and support while following agile methodologies and focusing on upholding a high standard of quality

This role will report to the Portals Technologies Supervisor in the Technology Organization’s Customer Engagement Portfolio.



  • B.S. degree in preferably in business, IT, engineering, computer science, or another technology-focused field.


  • Knowledge and experience with transactional web sites and the integrated middleware applications

  • Knowledge and experience with life-cycle support of transactional web sites and its platforms and integrated middleware applications, servers, database, etc

  • Experience with Database SQL Tools and writing SQL queries required to analyze and solve problems and reconciliation of data from multiple database sources preferred

  • Working knowledge of utility operating company business unit rules and processes

  • Strong analytical, root cause analysis, and problem-solving skills with ability to elicit and efficiently document business rules and research technical issues

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong, proactive communications skills including the ability to communicate complex concepts clearly across different audiences and varying levels

  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment with cross-disciplinary teams (Quality Analysts, Developers, Architects, and Analysts) and business groups (technical and non-technical) to shepherd products through the complete SDLC while building consensus and collaboration between teams

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment acting quickly when required. Ability to identify and quickly implement process improvements and make sound decisions; Flexible, can work under stress with changing direction and responsibilities and with minimal supervision

  • Good planning and organization skills; Ability to prioritize backlogs comprising of new features, bugs, technical work, and knowledge acquisition

  • Skilled at leading software projects of varying sizes and degrees of complexity

  • Highly motivated and solution-oriented

  • Firm understanding of and aptitude for technical and digital tools preferred

  • Knowledge of current and relevant digital, mobile, and web best practices in design and implementation preferred

  • Knowledge of DevOps, Containers, Cloud, Application Scaling preferred

  • Experience with development projects leveraging agile scrum development methodologies preferred

  • Technical aptitude to understand web, batch, database, and middleware applications, servers, databases, and architecture preferred


General Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop, adapt and carry out product implementation plan from beginning to end, supporting and championing the vision desired for the completed product.

  • Lead and own a functional area and team to allow more specialized focus across Online Solutions teams which includes setting, prioritizing, and evaluating the work generated by the scrum agile scrum delivery team.

  • Act as a subject matter expert responsible for several roles, including business analyst, product designer, market analyst, customer liaison, project manager, production support, and quality assurance.

  • Obtain deep product and business knowledge and communication skills to anticipate problems or needs and address them.

  • Define growth opportunities for the specialized functional area.

  • Ensure and assist in achieving and meeting deadlines and schedule.

  • Define and instrument success criteria that is measured via qualitative and quantitative feedback.

  • Create, plan, and prioritize an effectively groomed backlog based on the overall strategy and business objectives and ensure that the scrum Agile team always has an adequate amount of prior prepared tasks to consume.

  • Clearly define Acceptance Criteria for each backlog item or feature.

  • Work directly with agile product and development teams during design and development ensuring the product is meeting specifications, efficiency and quality are maintained, the user experience and interface is considered and implemented, and the integrity of the vision of the end product is maintained.

  • Ensure life-cycle support for product’s platforms – Servers, Databases, Application Framework upgrade, retirement, replacement etc.

  • Work with the agile development team to ensure appropriate tests are completed during the development process and that issues are quickly remediated to minimize defects during the user acceptance testing by the operating companies.

  • Be accountable for each stage of the development process and the final product while taking a primary role in inspecting and evaluating product progress through each iteration.

  • Provide quality control, facilitating demos and reviewing stories. Responsible for accepting stories as done.

  • Be a primary resource and business/customer proxy and work closely with business units to ensure both common and specific business rules are identified and integrated into product design and development.

  • Manage business expectations, bring issues to business’ attention proactively; offer solutions.

  • Maintain frequent communications with business units.

  • Responsible for effective communication with stakeholders across the board, including customers, business managers, and the development team to make sure the goals are clear, and the vision is aligned with business objectives.

  • Provide a strong commitment to support business committees and their strategies.

Other Requirements:

  • Occasional night and weekend work may be necessary.

  • Occasional travel may be necessary.


Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 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: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

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

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2009960