Accountant - Business Acquisitions and Accounting Research

Georgia Power | Atlanta, GA

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Posted Date 8/11/2017

Accountant - Business Acquisitions and Accounting Research


Southern Power Company is seeking an experienced accountant to provide accounting due diligence for the Company’s solar, wind, gas, other acquisitions, and ongoing business needs. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with departments across all functional areas of the Company and all levels of Management.

Major job responsibilities include:

  • The primary position duty is to provide accounting due diligence and assist with tax due diligence for potential acquisitions. This involves reviewing acquisition-related contracts and financial statements to identify potential accounting and tax risk areas. Work with the Commercial Team and others to resolve issues. Once projects are acquired, determine opening journal entries and transition to accounting.

  • Review proposed or completed transactions and related contracts to determine and document the required accounting and financial statement disclosures in well-written memos.

  • Provide Accounting Management with assurance that SEC quarterly/annual filings are in compliance with disclosure requirements.

  • Evaluate the impact of new accounting standards and participate in the implementation of the new standards.

  • Assist in establishing and updating company accounting policies

  • Perform ad hoc accounting research as required

The position is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply:

Job Experience and Education

  • BA/BS degree in Accounting required, CPA preferred

  • Three years of Big 4 or regional CPA firm experience is strongly preferred

  • Acquisition due diligence experience preferred

  • Technical accounting research experience is required (see first bullet below for description)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to use the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”)/International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and other research tools to analyze technical/complex accounting issues, render sound advice, and document conclusions in well-written memos is required

  • Comprehensive knowledge of ASC/IFRS and SEC accounting and reporting standards and requirements. Knowledge of ASC 805 Business Combinations, ASC 810 Consolidation and Variable Interest Entities, ASC 815 Derivatives and Hedging, and ASC 840 Leases is preferred

  • Strong oral and written communications skills with the ability to understand and explain complex accounting issues to a varied audience

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build relationships and interact with all functional areas and levels of management

  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills

  • Self-directed, proactive and able to handle multiple projects and competing deadlines

  • Ability to determine required disclosures for the quarter-end and year-end financial reporting process

  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

  • Knowledge and application of Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Behavioral Attributes

  • Model all aspects of Company culture: Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or have the rights to 41 facilities operating or under construction in eleven states with more than 11,700 megawatts of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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: Accounting & Auditing

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Power

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Southern Company Headquarters - 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW (30ATLANTA)

30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2006864

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