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The Southern Company
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Closing date
Jun 4, 2024

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Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Summary:

The Accountant position is an integral member of the Southern Company Services (SCS) Corporate Tax team and reports to the Income Tax Accounting Supervisor. This position is primarily responsible for performing detailed tax accounting computations, tax provisions, and coordinating both internally with SCS AFT and with external auditors/stakeholders, including the financial planning and accounting teams at the various business units within Southern Company.

Major Job Responsibilities:

+ Provide accounting support to department in the corporate income tax accounting area, which includes monthly closing processes, journal entries, analysis, and support of income tax accounts.

+ Prepare monthly financial reports for internal and external reporting that summarize various income tax balances.

+ Perform and assist with the quarterly and monthly account reconciliations, tax analytics, and variance explanations.

+ Perform ad hoc projects outside normal recurring tasks.

+ Collaborate with co-workers outside the SCS Tax Team to ensure overcommunication of important issues that may involve tax.

+ Work with both accounting and non-accounting co-workers to solve complex accounting issues

+ Document/update income tax processes.

+ Develop and manage relationships and communications between the Tax Accounting department and its stakeholders - Financial Reporting; Financial Planning; Tax Compliance and external customers.

Education and Experience:

+ Bachelor's degree in accounting required.

+ Minimum of 4 years of accounting experience required.

+ Knowledge and recent professional experience in accounting and/or income taxes preferred

+ Experience with accounting systems (Oracle, PowerPlan, Advanced Excel) desired, and experience with UI Financial Planner and PowerPlan-Tax Provision is a plus

Skills & Abilities:

+ Good organizational skills

+ Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

+ Ability to make decisions and perform in a timely manner with minimal supervisory guidance.

+ Good verbal and written communications skills

+ Ability to identify and implement process improvements

+ Strong interpersonal skills: ability to collaborate well with people at various levels, in a team environment and with other departments

+ Able to communicate complex, technical tax issues in a clear manner to both tax professionals and those not familiar with tax accounting


+ Demonstrates "Our Values" of Safety First, Superior Performance, Total Commitment and Unquestionable Trust in all interactions

+ Ethical Behavior: Is widely trusted; deals fairly and ethically with everyone; presents facts in a honest and direct manner; maintains strict confidentiality of sensitive information

+ Innovation: Looks for ways to improve workplace effectiveness; solicits the creative ideas of others; efficiently works within budget and time constraints; exhibits willingness to work out of comfort zone

+ Diversity: Values differences in people; understands different perspectives and frames of reference; recognizes the link between diversity and organizational success and supports an inclusive workplace

+ Customer Focus: Dedicated to meeting expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; maintains effective relationships across organizations

+ Teamwork: Communicates openly and values honesty; listens to others; works with others toward common goals

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers' and communities' needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. 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 Identification: 5838

Job Category: Accounting & Auditing

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services

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