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Southern Company Supv, Applic Development in Birmingham, Alabama

Supv, Applic Development


Real Time Operations

Supervisor, Application Development

Job Description


This position reports to the Application Development Manager, in Generation Technology Services and has responsibility for successfully leading a team of technology professionals supporting Data Acquisition & Data Integration and 24x7 Critical System Desk functions, to meet the business needs for the Fleet Operations & Trading and Financial & Contract Services departments within Commercial Operations. This position will develop and maintain a strong knowledge of the business and will proactively lead and collaborate with business partners to deliver effective business solutions. The position will provide project oversight; ensure effective resource planning including 24x7 on-site coverage through rotating shiftwork; and effectively support the department’s budget

The position is responsible for coordinating with other technology professionals to ensure successful integration of systems and data required for key business functions. This position is responsible for production support and maintenance of key data acquisition & integration technologies such as MV90, PrimeRead, Informatica PowerCenter, and Denodo. Data provisioning for business intelligence initiatives on behalf of Fleet Operations & Trading and Financial & Contract Services is also the responsibility of this position.

This position has overall responsibility for the Critical System Desk which monitors the health of 30 Tier1/Tier2 real-time data systems and applications; providing coordination of problem resolution, maintenance, planned outages, and disaster recovery maintenance/testing.

This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, FERC and other regulatory requirements.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Understand the Commercial Operations business functions and ensure appropriate TO support is in place to meet the business needs, deliver business value and exceed customer expectations.

  • Ensure the highest level of business partnership through delivering application solutions and support that exceed expectations for functionality, quality, cost, and schedule.

  • Establish and maintain working relationships/partnerships where communication and involvement with the stakeholders is central to doing business.

  • Work alongside the Application Development Manager to develop strategic plans with customers and staff to ensure TO projects and initiatives align with current and future business needs.

  • Manage the full software development life cycle of applications including new solution development.

  • Provide oversight to new projects and integration with existing business processes and systems.

  • Ensures monitoring the health of critical real-time data and application environments, while also providing data quality assurance.

  • Facilitates problem resolution, maintenance, and outages.

  • Ensure appropriate disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans are in place and effective.

  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements (Sarbanes-Oxley, FERC, NERC etc.) as well as established practices and procedures (Change management, etc.)

  • Understand IT marketplace to stay abreast of emerging technologies, processes, and methodologies.

  • Hires, develops, rewards, and retains a highly qualified and diverse team

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field is required

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, competitive technology organization.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills including building a strong, results-oriented team; performance management; budget management and/or strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to oversee major cross functional projects

  • Three years of experience in infrastructure and mission critical support is highly preferred.

  • Comprehensive working knowledge of data management systems, data integration, application development and/or business intelligence solutions

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and build relationships with business partners, employees, peers & managers.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand complex technology issues and make sound business decisions.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop initiatives and deliver results on time and within budgets.

  • Working knowledge of the utility industry is preferred

Sills and Competencies

  • Comprehensive leadership skills recognizable by others

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

  • Continuous learner with a high level of interest in learning and applying new technologies and concepts

  • Result Oriented, can act with speed and decisiveness; take initiative and does what it takes to meet commitments.

  • Strong focus on quality, reliability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of solutions

  • Committed to the development of others

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate very complex technical topics to various audiences

  • Committed to building and nurturing partnerships across and at all levels of the organization

  • Demonstrates “ Our Values ” - Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, Total Commitment


  • Willingness to travel on an occasional basis


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: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

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

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2011143