Staff Accountant I or II at Southern Company (Atlanta, GA)

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Staff Accountant I or II


SouthStar Energy Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company Gas and is proud to serve more than 600,000 residential, business, large commercial and industrial, and CNG customers in numerous retail energy choice markets across the United States. Depending upon your location, you may know us by one of our trade names: Georgia Natural Gas, Florida Natural Gas, Ohio Natural Gas, Pennsylvania Energy, Maryland Energy, Grand Rapids Energy, Illinois Energy or Illinois Energy Solutions.

With more than 20 years of experience in retail choice markets, SouthStar combines the expertise and assets of a national supplier with the local market knowledge of a regional provider. We operate a service network encompassing approximately 20 interstate natural gas pipelines and successfully manage more than 8 million customer interactions each year. SouthStar is also a leader in its markets in protecting the environment with its Greener Life program, which allows its customers the ability to make their natural gas usage carbon neutral.

This Staff Accountant position is responsible for accurate recognition and analysis of gas cost and expenses for SouthStar Energy Services and its operating markets. Additionally, this position will be responsible for assisting with the preparation and analysis of monthly financial statements.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance required.
  • Normally 0-3 years of experience in the accounting field, including budgeting, cost and financial analysis.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Knowledge of fundamental accounting concepts (GAAP) and an ability to apply these to complete assignments with varying degrees of difficulty.
  • Ability to analyze accounting and financial reports and documents that are varied and of difficult complexity.
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented, and accountable.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving abilities, including the ability to critically think and present new or creative solutions.
  • Ability to manage and complete multiple projects and activities with strict time sensitive deadlines.
  • Ability to think and work both proactively and independently.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of management and operations.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft office applications, especially Excel.
  • Must be able to work independently with little supervision yet operate effectively as a team player.
  • Energy industry preferred.
  • ORACLE experience preferred.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the requirements listed below.

  • Prepare, analyze and complete general ledger journal entries, including gas cost and operating expense accruals, for all assigned markets.
  • Calculate monthly gas cost estimates and prior month true ups for Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Michigan markets.
  • Analyze, interpret and present gas cost estimates and true ups during monthly gas cost meetings with the Physical Operations team.
  • Prepare monthly counterparty settlement packages.
  • Complete monthly balance sheet account reconciliations.
  • Contribute to the monthly financial package, including, but not limited to, income statement, balance sheet, cash flow, and variance analysis.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of management and operations, providing accounting support to these groups so they have necessary information to understand business performance.
  • Work closely with internal and external auditors, supply schedules and answer questions as needed.
  • Intermediate skills in the use of applicable software programs used to create, modify, and analyze accounting and financial documents and reports.
  • Maintain documents required for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance.
  • Responsible for special projects and representing accounting needs and requirements.
  • In addition to the primary responsibilities noted above, this position will also involve cross-training and secondary responsibilities for other markets, as assigned.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to ten pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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 of employees in the job. Reasonable accommodation 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: SouthStar Energy Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to): No

Work Location(s):

SouthStar Energy Services - 817 W. Peachtree St., NW (817AtlantaCODE)

817 W. Peachtree St., NW

Atlanta 30318

Req ID: GAS2004278
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