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Southern Company Data Scientist in Atlanta, Georgia

Data Scientist



The Data Scientist at Southern Company is responsible for collecting, organizing, mining, and deeply analyzing data to draw conclusions and develop insights that enable better decision-making and operational effectiveness of Southern Company business units. Data scientists possess a combination of analytical skills, technical expertise and business acumen in addition to intellectual curiosity that drives their passion to transform raw intelligence into actionable insights that produce desired business outcomes. Going beyond established analytical thinking and problem-solving, the data scientist will apply creativity to unconventional concepts and out-of-the-box solutions. Other skillsets needed in this role include a working knowledge and awareness of mathematical principles and statistics, astute ability to communicate at all levels of the organization, and the ability to monitor industry trends to position Southern Company for future growth and maturity in the data space.


  • Develop a framework for AI development in the Information Management Office. Train others on the framework. Enable data science change management to track model output and identify how each model is performing. Make recommendations on model edits and when they are needed.

  • Examine data and develop use cases to identify AI/Machine Learning use cases.

  • Capture, document, analyze, and correlate business information from multiple data sources. Analysis using Advance AI/Machine Learning techniques that are highly complex.

  • Remain up to date on AI/Machine Learning emerging technology. Educate the team on these and when they should be leveraged.

  • Leverage strong math skills and statistical knowledge to advanced data mining and data analysis activities

  • Devise new algorithmic approaches to solving difficult quantitative problems using large scale enterprise data sources

  • Adopt new tools and algorithms effectively to improve model performance. Design data experiments to verify assumptions and hypotheses

  • Complete written documentation and reports of results in the form of business reports, internal technology white papers, and statistical system documentation

  • Experiment with new algorithms and analytical approaches and report on the impact to model performance

  • Collaborate with end users to identify needs, gaps and opportunities for improved data management and analytical solution delivery

  • Collaborate with peers; mentoring team members to enhance skills and abilities; providing leadership as required



  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics (Theoretical/Computational), Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence is required

  • Proven knowledge of statistical techniques and data science is required

  • 8 years of experience working in a fast-paced, competitive organization driven by data and enabled by technology is requiredKnowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Advanced statistical analysis skills including multi-variable data analysis and predictive modeling techniques. Demonstrated skill in supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning including but not limited to natural language processing, neural networks, computer vision, Bayesian learning and clustering.

  • Strong technical competency and programming skills in large-scale data analysis using coding/querying languages including at least one of Python or R. Others desired to be cognizant of are Spark, SAS, T-SQL, and PL-SQL.

  • Analysis, design, development, test, troubleshooting and documentation of complex systems including several of the following: predictive models, feature extraction, data-driven analysis, application of machine learning algorithms, text mining, decision support, variable selection and model fit

  • Knowledge of data migration and integration across datasets and technology platforms

  • Experience manipulating large datasets and databases with working knowledge of Hadoop or other big data technologies

  • Extensive knowledge doing Machine Learning in the cloud is a plus.

  • Deep analytical capability to debug, monitor, and troubleshoot issues with data solutions

  • Effective communication (verbal/written) and leadership skills to foster enterprise influence on data-driven business decision-making

  • Ability to transform technical jargon into meaningful business insight at varying levels of the organization

  • Comprehensive consulting skills with proven ability to work with and influence others

  • Excellent customer service skills and focus on delivery with a positive attitude

  • Self-starter with ability to work independently with minimal guidance

  • Continuous self-learner with perspective on industry trends in the data space

  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and conflicting priorities

  • Ability to build productive relationships with a focus on cooperation and teamworkBehavioral AttributesThe successful candidate will demonstrate understanding and application of the Southern behaviors: Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment.Additional required behavioral attributes:

  • Results-oriented

  • Innovative

  • Strategic thinker with an enterprise view for sustainable solutions

  • Committed to continuous learning and improvement

  • Committed to the development of others

  • Committed to building and maintaining constructive partnerships with business partners

  • Works well both independently and with others

  • Acts with speed and decisiveness

  • Committed to ethical conduct

  • Lives and works safely

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

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

Req ID: SCS2008615

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