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Southern Company HR, Project Manager in Naperville, Illinois

HR, Project Manager


Please note,this position will be required to travel to Georgia, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee.


The primary purpose of this position is to manage and oversee from inception to completion, all aspects of assigned projects. Projects will be focused on HR’s Workforce Planning & Compliance department but may include projects for the broader Gas Human Resources team.

The Project Manager will oversee the successful completion of medium to high complexity projects and may lead an average of 3-5 projects simultaneously. The position will manage all aspects of the projects including developing the project plan, business requirements, schedule and milestone reporting, analysis, risk assessment, quality checks, resource requirements utilizing project management best practices, techniques, and standards.


  • Manage all aspects of assigned project including research, writing project requirements analysis, documentation, design/development, negotiation, problem resolution, training, status reporting, implementation, deliverables, project closing and post implementation review and audit.

  • Develop and present project documentation with stakeholders. Documentation may include business cases, project initiation requests, work plans, project milestones.

  • Deliver detailed project plans for implementation and track and report on milestones, dependencies, risks, and mitigations.

  • Proactively communicate issues, concerns, status, or questions to all stakeholders for projects as required in a timely manner.

  • Interact with all levels and departments of the organization such as HR Delivery, Labor Relations, Talent Management and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to maintain and update project plans.

  • Understanding of project fit, priority and value for Human Resources and the business.


Education, Certifications/Licenses


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of applicable experience


  • MBA

  • PMP Certification, working towards obtaining or equivalent - which may include experience

Related Work Experience


  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written.

  • Manage projects independently with limited supervision.

  • Manage all facets of multiple projects, in accordance with traditional project management methodology.

  • Coordinate departmental or cross-functional teams.

  • Manage project from initiation through implementation and delivery. Provide planning and direction on schedules and monitoring budget/spending. Guide projects thru to completion on time, with agreed upon scope, within budget meeting and/or exceeding quality standards.


  • Human Resources experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge


  • Self-starter, ability to work independently under moderate supervision; ability to also operate effectively as a team player, even if located remotely.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Be highly organized and a good multi-tasker, take charge and know how to lead and be an effective communicator.

  • Experience with project requirements gathering. Specifically, soliciting, documenting, and reviewing requirements through to approval with multiple business owners.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

  • Big picture view. Lead by example.

  • Critical decision-making ability to assess risk at multiple levels and understand the consequences and impacts of action

  • Designing and delivering presentations.

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate positively and professionally

  • Highly service and results oriented.

  • Strong relationship management skills.

  • Strong organizational and problem resolution skills.

  • Ability to manage and complete multiple high priority projects and activities with strict time sensitive deadlines.

  • Discretion and confidentiality where needed.

  • Ability to tactfully negotiate.


  • Demonstrated leadership, team building and employee management skills.

  • Knowledge and experience with project management tools/resources (e.g., Project, Visio, etc.)

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

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: Human Resources

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Other Locations: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville, Virginia-Coastal Virginia-Ashland

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

VNG Hanover - 10966 Richardson Rd (10966AshlandVACODE)

10966 Richardson Rd

Ashland, 23005

Req ID: GAS2003627