Southern Company Network Engineer, II (Firewall) in Atlanta, Georgia

Network Engineer, II (Firewall)



The Network Engineer is responsible for:

  • providing tactical planning,

  • engineering design,

  • engineering consulting,

  • documentation,

  • equipment lifecycle management, and

  • third-level technical support for the firewall infrastructure for the Southern Company and associated subsidiaries.

The associated firewall efforts include:

  • firewall policies and procedures

  • hardware configurations

  • software upgrades

  • license management

  • vendor maintenance

  • hardware implementation

This position will work closely with the Network and Security Architects and the IT Security teams to develop the architecture and strategy for the overall firewall platform.

The technology areas in scope for this position include some routing and switching, wireless and all firewall technologies owned by SCS TO, SCADA, GAS and renewable solutions. Hardware solutions includes but are not limited to:

  • Palo Alto Networks

  • Cisco ASA

  • Checkpoint

  • Cisco (Routers / Switches / Wireless Controllers and Access Points)

Software solutions include:

  • PAN Panorama

  • Cisco CSM / ASDM

  • Checkpoint Policy Manager

  • Tufin SecureTraK


Job Requirements

  • General Understanding of Budgets and/or Capable of Learning about Budgeting (capital and functional) and accounting processes to ensure compliance with the budget.

  • Knowledge of network systems such as data network systems including IP addressing and naming (DNS, DHCP, and WINS), Web and proxy, Internet, Virtual Private Network (VPN), and networking in virtual environments.

  • Firewall technologies including but not limited to – Cisco ASA, Cisco Firepower, (ASDM, CSM, FTM), Checkpoint, Palo Alto, (Panorama) Tufin and HPNA.

  • Demonstrate personal computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, Visio, Skype etc.)

  • Effective oral and written communications skills with the ability to convey complex technical issues in business terms.

  • Self-motivated with the ability to effectively manage multiple project responsibilities simultaneously.

  • Team-oriented with a strong work ethic.

  • Ability to build relationships, communicate and work with all levels of management, vendors, business partners and external customers while exhibiting positive influence at all levels.

  • Strategic thinker who can embrace, influence, and lead change.


  • A BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science related field preferred

  • Minimum of 5 years of Data Networks experience in (Routing and Switching)

  • Minimum of 5 years of Firewall/Security experience (Palo Alto, Cisco, Checkpoint)

Bonus Qualifications

  • CCNA (Route/Switch, Security)

  • CCNP (Route/Switch, Security, Wireless, Data Center)

  • CCIE (Route/Switch, Security, Wireless, Data Center)

  • ACE (PA Accredited Configuration Engineer)

  • PCNSE (PA Networks Certified Network Security Engineer)

  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)


  • General knowledge of Southern Company’s core business

  • General knowledge of information technologies (those currently used within the system and new technologies)

  • General knowledge of IT infrastructure components

  • Understand engineering/analysis/design discipline and methodology

  • Ability to effectively organize tasks, manage multiple priorities/details, meet schedules, and deliver on customer commitments

  • Ability to negotiate with and influence others – internally as well as vendors

  • Ability to build relationships and work in a team atmosphere

  • Ability to provide and accept feedback

  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills

  • Demonstrate Southern Style

  • Professional oral and written communication skills


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: SCS2007567