Southern Company Cloud Product Manager (Atlanta or Birmingham) in Birmingham, Alabama

Cloud Product Manager (Atlanta or Birmingham)

Description

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is responsible for cloud financials, cloud service provider management, cloud metrics and cloud processes. This includes:

  • Ensuring adherence to & application of best practices across cloud providers.

  • Providing technical governance around cost control & consumption management.

  • Developing workload hosting cost comparisons among on-prem and cloud providers.

  • Vendor & contract management:

  • optimizing purchase discounts and managing service level agreements

  • owning relationships with IaaS and PaaS vendors

  • advising on SaaS contracts

  • selecting & interfacing with third-party cloud managed service providers

  • Collaborating with Accounting Research to understand and advise on cloud capitalization opportunities.

  • Conducting benchmarking, measuring & reporting usage statistics.

  • Understanding and advising on cloud-related software licensing models.

  • Advising on the cost aspects of workload placement options.

  • Conducting cloud budget forecasting & providing variance reporting.

  • Continuous analysis of emerging cost models among providers.

  • Defining cloud-specific processes for provisioning, deprovisioning, operational support, billing, etc.

  • Applying Application Hosting and Asset Tiering principles to balance service/cost mix.

  • Acting as a cloud service advisor & broker.

  • Interfacing with Supply Chain, Strategic Supplier Management, Quality Risk & Compliance, Application Portfolios, and others as necessary.

  • Translate needs of cloud consumers into standardized cloud technical service offerings.

  • Strategy around delivery of cloud technical services.

  • Contribute to development of overall cloud strategy.

  • Responsible for development and maintenance of cloud technical service catalogs.

  • Facilitate training on cloud technical service catalogs for cloud consumers.

  • Serving in on-call rotation as Escalation Manager for Critical Situation Process.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Strong technical knowledge and hands-on experience with cloud product management is preferred.

  • A solid understanding of accounting and budgeting.

  • A solid understanding of contracts and licensing.

  • Ability to understand and articulate the “big picture” long-term vision for the infrastructure and develop short term plans to achieve it.

  • Ability to analyze information from multiple sources for complex problem resolution.

  • Ability to assess cloud provider solutions to provide “asset value appropriate” service levels at the lowest cost.

  • Ability to assess managed service providers (including cloud) and provide cost analysis and comparisons.

  • Ability to organize tasks and coordinate various employees, vendor/contractors, and customers/partners to meet project goals.

  • Ability to work independently, prioritizing major tasks by overall impact to the company.

  • Ability to communicate and work with all levels of management, vendors, and other internal and external groups.

  • Ability to effectively lead committees and teams, train personnel, and make presentations.

  • Understanding of rules and regulations that govern the use of technology, such as NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley and internal policies

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science or an Engineering field strongly preferred; four (4) years of relevant technical experience is an acceptable substitute.

  • A minimum of two (2) to five (5) years of service (depending on job level) as a Cloud Product Manager or relevant technical experience. When relevant technical experience is substituted for a degree, the minimum experience requirement increases by four (4) years.

  • A minimum of two (2) years working with IT budgets and or cost allocation experience.

  • Prior experience working with cloud hosting solutions is preferred.

Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Application Architecture – general understanding of application layout & design, deployment, standard middleware options, data gateways, and platform infrastructure.

  • Automation and Orchestration – scripting, API interaction, etc.

  • Governance – understanding of governance issues as they relate to effective, efficient use of cloud computing, billing issues, cost management, account management, etc.

  • Infrastructure & Operations – sound understanding of compute, storage, networking, and management of infrastructure operations.

  • Integration Architecture – including integration among data, identity management, network, and applications in a multi-cloud environment.

  • Security – must understand delineations of responsibility among cloud providers and cloud users. Must understand how security is managed by both and best practices for each.

Competencies

  • Comprehensive leadership skills recognizable by others inside and outside the team.

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

  • Effectively organize tasks, manage multiple priorities, meet schedules, and deliver on commitments.

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

  • Ability to establish and nurture relationships at all levels of the organization.

  • Takes ownership of work assignments and personal development.

  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) as well as technical writing.

  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to relate and connect with a variety of audiences.

  • Ability to articulate business drivers and how information technology can be applied to meet the requirements in business terms.

  • Ability to simplify complex subjects in a way that can be easily understood by less technical audiences.

  • High degree of focus on quality, reliability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.

  • Recognition of cyber security threats and risks, and importance of protecting the infrastructure.

  • Capacity to learn and apply new technologies and concepts.

  • Superb diagnostic, troubleshooting, analysis and problem-solving skills.

  • Self-motivated, takes initiative, is proactive, and habitually removes obstacles for success.

  • Curious and creative, always questioning, and never satisfied by the status quo.

  • Assess impact and quantify risk to ensure appropriate business decisions are made.

  • Demonstrate Southern Company values of Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment.

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 www.southerncompany.com.

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.

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Job Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

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

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2008009

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