About the role:

The financial analyst will provide budgeting and analytical support to Southern Company Services (SCS) organizations and Southern Company affiliates by ensuring the timely and accurate review of financial transactions and the reporting of those transactions to various levels of management. This position will coordinate the timely and accurate data gathering and analysis of the periodic cost projections of the organization they support and provide counsel and planning to various levels of management regarding the findings of various analyses as needed, will assist the organization in meeting corporate and business unit goals and objectives and will establish and maintain effective relationships and communication with organization and SCS Budgeting & Reporting. The position will be filled at an exempt level 3 – 5 depending on the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the successful candidate.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and communicate budgets and financial reporting for the SCS Business Units
  • Ability to analyze data and effectively communicate SCS Business Unit financial status
  • Coordinate annual budget preparation and communications
  • Prepare and communicate monthly variance reporting and comprehensive analysis for budget, actual, and projection information
  • Provide guidance to managers regarding GAAP and Southern Company accounting policies
  • Ensure compliance with internal controls and make recommendations regarding needed changes and efficiency improvements
  • Provide guidance on accounting policies and activities to non-financial managers
  • Consolidate reporting for roll up and management reporting
  • Gather data and analyze periodic cost projections and budget data
  • Participate in special projects by gathering information and providing analysis
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships and communications with business unit

Candidate requirements:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, or related business field required
  • CPA, CFA or MBA/other advanced degree desired

Experience:

  • Previous experience in accounting, finance, or business administration preferred
  • Strong understanding of financial accounting, management and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience with Enterprise Solutions legacy applications and budgeting systems (i.e. Budworks, Oracle Financials, PowerPlant, Data Repository, SARA, SOFIA) or other business/accounting applications preferred
  • Knowledge of Enterprise Foundations principles preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Access) highly desired
  • Capital and O&M budgeting experience desired
  • Experience coordinating multiple business units requests and ensure goals and objectives are met
  • Understanding various views of SCS data and ability to translate and communicate appropriately to various audiences
  • Thorough understanding of techniques and methods for accounting, budgeting, cost tracking, and financial projections

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficient analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate organizational and planning skills
  • Knowledge of utility and regulatory accounting (SEC, FERC, and GAAP) desired
  • Knowledge of data management and retrieval techniques with strong technical skills
  • Conceptual thinker and ability to quickly understand the 11 segment SCS account structure and values to quickly produce standard and ad hoc reports to understand and report cost drivers
  • Ability to multi-task and adapt to a changing environment
  • Ability to coordinate activities of multiple people and pull the end result together as one deliverable
  • Ability to pull disparate pieces of information together to form one consolidated and concise report
  • Ability to operate in a matrix organization and communicate clearly with people at various levels including upper management
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Personal ownership and initiative
  • Anticipate and proactively communicate financial impacts of business unit decisions
  • Demonstrate sound business judgment in decision making
  • Exceptional skills in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Other attributes include proactive, team player, and strategic thinker
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