Business Information Architect at Southern Company

| Hampton Roads, VA
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Business Information Architect


The Southern Company Gas EDGE Organization's objectives are:

  • To enhance the overall value of the company with the implementation and adoption of Data Driven Decision Support through:
  • Leadership of an enterprise strategic data governance process
  • Leadership of an enterprise strategic data management team
  • Governance of the production of high quality, immutable data (Golden Records) on which critical decision support platforms can rely - Strategic Data
  • Governance of the strategic intelligence logic and platforms that produce all decision support information for the business
  • Driving the evolution and improvement of corporate decision making through new methods, technologies, logic, and concepts
  • To establish and govern Strategic Data as a Corporate Asset across the enterprise by
  • Facilitating organizational alignment with a data and information driven decision-making culture
  • Establishing and Maintaining Sponsorship and Support at all organizational levels
  • Implementation of long-term training and implementation programs for data and information literacy
  • To implement a clean, clear source of data on which future generations of AI can build new insights for the Enterprise and provide Strategic Decision Support Counsel to the Leadership of the Company
The Business Information Architect is responsible for providing the day to day leadership and management of sub teams and staff assigned to sub teams through which it executes its objectives:


Functional Expertise:

Solutions Management

  • Provide key knowledge, insight, and informational guidance to all Southern Company Gas business operations in support of the day to day and strategic planning activities of the company
  • Gather, Manage, Analyze, Integrate & Translate Decision Support Needs into Executable Reports, Indices, KPI's or other means of information delivery
  • Produce & Manage all Decision Support Requirements Documentation & Models
  • Identify and Propose new indices, KPI's Reports or other Decision Support capabilities
  • Guide, Advise and Support other teams on implementation issues related to interpretation of requirements
  • QA, Test and Acceptance for all Decision Support Solutions
  • Management and Ownership of Decision Support Solutions Register (indices, KPI's, Reports) in production
  • Training and Change Management responsibilities
Functional Design

  • Provide critical data and information services and guidance to all Southern Company Gas business operations in support of day to day and strategic planning activities of the company
  • Gather, Manage, Analyze, Integrate & Translate Decision Support Requirements into an Enterprise Logical Data Model
  • Identify, Manage and Maintain Assignment and Ownership of Physical Sources for Logical Data Model Data
  • Manage, Design and Build Ongoing Changes & Enhancements to the Logical Data Model
  • Define and Design all Decision Support related Logic, Output, Rules, Error/Gap Management and Scoring Specifications
  • QA, Test and Acceptance for all Decision Support Extraction, Storage & Management Solutions

  • Provides and advises on cost and resource estimates and plans used in the annual budget cycles
  • Leads EDGE Project related assignments as required
  • Coordinates with the TO to identify approaches and solutions to complex architectural problems related to the supporting EDGE solutions platforms
  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge of the business information requirements, day to day business processes and overall business data flows related to one or more of the following key business areas:
  • Financial
  • Organizational
  • Operations and Supply Chain
  • Enterprise Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Customer, Marketing and Revenue Management
  • Corporate and Regulatory
  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge of the business applications, data management flows and enabling technology platforms related to one or more of the following key solution areas:
  • GIS
  • Work and Asset Management
  • Customer Management
  • Financial Management
  • Supply Chain
  • HR Management
  • Network Operations
  • Specialized business support applications as required
Business Acumen:

  • Serves as lead for specific projects and assignments as required. Responsible for setting work priorities, assignments and managing related issues
  • Identifies inadequate or inefficient systems and recommends new alternatives that improve efficiency or provide new benefits to the organization
  • Anticipates and identifies obstacles that may put assigned projects or tasks at risk; develops approaches and implements solutions to mitigate risk
  • Develops, manages to and reports on work plans and milestones for assigned projects and day to day activities
  • Collaborates with the Technology Organization (TO) to abstract and organize the project specific reporting, analytics and information requirements implied or explicitly requested through the wider range of investment proposals put forward by the business and organized and collated by TO.
  • Evaluates and recommends on the selection of new tools and technology by staying current on business and solution architectural trends and emerging technologies to provide recommendations and direction to the TO in the development and delivery of solution strategy, platforms, and applications

  • Instructs, guides, and supervises the tasks and deliverables of their team members
  • Collaborates with other team leaders, TO and business managers to resolve complex business issues and problems
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships with key business and TO managers and staff, as well as external solution and advisory vendor organizations
Driving Results:

  • Responsible for driving results, including setting expectations, prioritizing work, evaluating results, and taking corrective actions when required
  • Ensures internal controls and governance are achieved in compliance with policies and standards. Understands, executes with, and improves on all elements of delivery methodologies used in the day to day execution of their assigned projects, activities, and tasks
  • Monitors and oversees the development process deliverables as key interface to the TO on all EDGE Solution related Deliverables
Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • BS/BSc Or Equivalent academic education Or Work Experience

  • MS/MBA Or Equivalent academic education Or Work Experience
Related Work Experience:


  • 8 years of experience in general utility operations, company policies, procedures and gas operations methods and standards
  • 8 years of experience in business requirements, solutions design, and implementation processes
  • Thorough understanding of data and information governance processes, tools, and methodologies
  • General understanding of service-oriented architecture, cloud computing models, technical architecture, application development, middleware, database management and mobile computing
  • 8 years of business requirements and solution design experience
  • Ability to deliver results in a cross functional team environment
  • Decisive, conceptual thinker who can assimilate and correlate a broad set of disparate ideas, perspectives, goals, and facts in defining solutions

  • 10 years of solutions design and development in utility business applications, data warehousing, complex integration platforms or mobile first solutions development
  • Implementation leadership experience in Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation and Natural Language Processing.
Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office Tools
  • Significant knowledge of business requirements and solutions design methodologies, tools, and approaches
  • Significant knowledge of graphical modeling approaches, tools, and repositories
  • Significant knowledge of Logical and Physical Data Modelling approaches, tools, and methodologies, and supporting software platforms
  • Must possess the skills to work with business process owners and TO architecture and delivery leadership
  • Experienced in providing information for project charters, approach or proof of concept documents, and functional and technical design documentation
  • Good working knowledge of the different components of an enterprise technical architecture
  • High impact individual with the ability to both challenge and advise senior business and TO leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and foster collaborative relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent work assignments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation, and negotiation
  • Good planning and organizational skills
Disclaimer : This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. 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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Other Locations: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville, Tennessee-Chattanooga Area-Chattanooga, Virginia-Coastal Virginia-Virginia Beach

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

AGLR Corporate Office - 10 Peachtree Place NE (10AtlantaCODE)

10 Peachtree Place NE

Atlanta, 30309

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Chattanooga Service Center - 2207Olan Mills Dr. (2207ChattanoogaCODE)

2207Olan Mills Dr.

Chattanooga, 37421

VNG Virginia Beach - 544 S. Independence Blvd (544VirginiaBeachCODE)

544 S. Independence Blvd

Virginia Beach, 23452

Req ID: GAS2003752
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