Southern Company Application/Solution Architect (Data Integration) in Atlanta, Georgia

Application/Solution Architect (Data Integration)


This position is located at the Energy Center- 3535 Colonnade Pkwy, Birmingham.


This position is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, planning, architecture, development and sustainment of data integrations to support two key business units (Fleet Operations & Trading and Financial & Fuel Services) in Commercial Operations & Planning. This position will work with Business Stakeholders, Application Developers, DBAs and other Architects to design, build, and maintain foundational Data Models, ETL/Data Ingestion platforms and Integration platforms required to support Data Acquisition and Information Delivery for the use of business processes, business applications and reporting & business analytics solutions. The incumbent is expected to be highly knowledgeable and experienced with modern data architecture, including but not limited to, development of a master data management strategy, implementation of data as a service solutions and implementation of self-service analytics environment. This position is also responsible for compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, FERC 888 and other regulatory requirements.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science or an Engineering field strongly preferred; four (4) years of relevant technical experience is an acceptable substitute.

  • Eight or more years of professional IT experience.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of service, providing architecture, and/or support for data.

  • Three or more years of architecture leadership experience.

  • Experience building data architecture roadmaps.

  • Experience designing, integrating, and managing complex application & data solutions.

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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Research industry guidance, frameworks, best practices and work with industry experts on an on-going basis to determine emerging trends

  • Create and evaluate technical architectures and ensure enterprise-wide buy-in, adoption, adherence and implementation

  • Partner with business units and technology teams to elicit and translate business requirements into the design/architecture of innovative technology solutions

  • Articulate business drivers and how information technology can be applied to meet the requirements in business terms.

  • Ability to simplify complex subjects in a way that can be easily understood by less technical audiences

  • Effectively lead committees and teams, train personnel, and create and deliver presentations.

  • Ability to assess impact and quantify risk to ensure appropriate business decisions are made

  • Design highly scalable and extensible architectures which enables the secure collection, storage, relating, describing, modeling, and analysis of a myriad of datasets, including time-series, structured, and unstructured data.

  • Participate and provide technical leadership in all stages of a data solution life cycle: analyze/profile data, create conceptual, logical & physical data model designs, architect and build ETL/API, reporting and analytics solutions

  • Experience with database technologies such as SQL Server & Oracle.

  • Experience with modern enterprise data architectures and data toolsets (ex: data warehouse, data marts, data lake, 3NF and dimensional models, modeling tools, profiling tools, data dictionary)

  • Experience in data management/integration platforms such as Informatica, Oracle Service Bus, BPEL, Kafka, etc.

  • Experience in defining and delivering Enterprise Integration Architectures including APIs, SOA, Event Driven Architecture

  • Experience in the Microsoft .NET framework - Microsoft .NET Core 2.0 and .NET Framework 4.7.1 and above; Microsoft Visual C#, WPF, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, Entity Framework

  • Experience with REST-based service development using JSON

  • Experience in reporting solutions such as SSRS, OBIEE, Power BI, Tableau, etc.

  • Experience with Big Data & Analytics solutions such as Hadoop, AWS, Azure and/or other technologies is a plus

  • Understanding of rules and regulations that govern the use of technology, such as NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley and FCC licensing is a plus

  • Understanding of the utility industry is a plus

Behavioral Attributes

  • 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

  • Effective in organizing tasks, managing multiple priorities, meeting schedules, and delivering on commitments

  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) as well as technical writing

  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to relate and connect with a variety of audiences

  • Committed to building and nurturing constructive partnerships with business partners

  • Committed to building and nurturing relationships 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


Job Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-South Alabama-Montgomery, Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta, Alabama-Mobile Area-Mobile

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Montgomery Business Center - 770 Washington Ave, Ste 430 (770MONTGOMERY)

770 Washington Ave, Ste 430

Montgomery, 36104

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

APC - Mobile Division Office - 150 Saint Joseph Street (150MOBILE)

150 Saint Joseph Street

Mobile, 36602

Req ID: SCS2007797