Technology Planning Analyst (TPA)

Birmingham, AL

Job Description: Technology Planning Analyst (TPA)

This position reports to the VP of Electric Technology Solutions, and provides strategic direction, planning, and coordination across the electric functions for technology planning, portfolio management, and execution of related initiatives. A key aspect of this job is to drive continuous improvement in the electric technology planning process, deliverables, and to support electric business partners.

The role supports the office the VP of Electric Technology Solutions including strategic initiatives, special projects, annual planning, communications, and internal and external technology efforts.

The role partners closely with technology planning analysts in each electric function to document and communicate key expectations associated with planning and portfolio management, and to ensure consistency and best practices are used across all Electric functions.

The position builds and maintains strategic partnerships with enterprise technology planning, project management office, technology services, infrastructure services, and the budgeting and reporting organization.

The Technology Planning Analyst is depended on to provide thought leadership on technology direction and decisions based on emerging technologies, industry trends, best practices, and sound business processes. Planning / analysis responsibilities include defining and justifying investments that enable achievement of business objectives and advance the company’s capabilities in support of business strategy.


  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with all electric function technology planning analysts (TPA), as well as with those TPAs in other technology organization functions

  • Develop an understanding of strategic technology planning in each electric technology function and how to integrate into overall electric technology planning

  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships within the Technology Organization effectively supporting strategic planning and portfolio management

  • Develops internal and external communications to all levels

  • Understand and articulate the mission, vision, goals, strategic initiatives and priorities of the electric business units and influence positive outcomes

  • Coordinate annual electric technology planning process in alignment with enterprise technology planning and project management office planning efforts

  • Facilitate annual goal development for the electric technology organization

  • Coordinate and produce electric technology metrics for continuous improvement

  • Facilitate routine project portfolio reviews, special data collection projects, and rollout of improvements to planning processes and tools

  • Participate in key technology organization teams including Operations TLT, early career talent program, data & analytics community of practice, data innovations solutions hub, data center planning team, and serve as an innovation champion.

  • Interfaces regularly with the budgeting and reporting organization (SO-Flow, CFO reporting)

  • Ownership of Technology Spend Approval process and modifications for Electric Technology Solutions

  • Interfaces with Technology Business Partners on key operating company initiatives

  • Communicate and educate the Electric TPAs on technology initiatives, new and updated processes, and best practices. This role will represent the business unit TPAs interest or concerns on any of these changes back to the sponsoring Technology Organization group


  • BS or BA degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related field


  • Experience in technology strategy and planning, business relationship management, business analysis and consulting

  • Experience leading and/or working on multiple technical projects from end-to-end

  • Experience utilizing and enhancing technology business processes

  • Experience communicating at all levels of management; and presenting ideas concisely


  • Demonstrate Southern Company ‘Values’ and Technology Organization Diamond tenets

  • Strong track record of seasoned judgement and decision-making

  • Strong knowledge of the Southern Company's business functions, including economic and value drivers, and impact of external industry trends

  • Ability to build, maintain, and influence relationships at all levels and across all organizations – both business and technology

  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically; exhibit breadth in vision and innovative thinking, ability to generate strategic deliverables

  • Ability to prioritize and deal with multiple priorities

  • Flexible, can work under stress with changing direction and with minimal supervision

  • Proven track record of achieving results individually, and working with & through others

  • Strong people skills that have resulted in successful working relationships with customers, peers, and internal and external business partners

  • Demonstrated critical, independent thinking; ability to conceive/present creative solutions

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

  • Proven analytical abilities, problem-solving, planning, and project management skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail for self and others

  • Experience managing communication, teamwork, consulting, negotiating and influencing

  • Excellent communicator – written and verbal

  • Broad knowledge of technology tools, processes, and methods

  • Strong knowledge of capabilities and viabilities of both current and emerging technologies used within Southern Company and externally

  • Strong technical background as well as business knowledge

Some Travel (25%) Required


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: 5957

Job Category: Information Technology

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services