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Southern Company Compensation Consultant in Atlanta, Georgia

Compensation Consultant


Compensation Consultant

Southern Company is a leading producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, and we approach each day as a vital step in building the future of energy. At Southern Company we are always looking ahead, and our innovations in the industry—from new nuclear to deployment of electric transportation and renewables —help brighten the lives and businesses of millions of customers nationwide.

Role Summary/Description

The Compensation Consultant provides the highest level of technical expertise, advice and consultation in the research, design and administration of compensation strategy and plan design for Southern Company. The role consults with the HR Delivery organizations and their customers on the competitiveness, design, analysis and administration of current compensation programs. This includes providing advice and counsel in the areas of compensation trends, and analytics, market pricing and job evaluation, salary administration, short and long-term variable compensation programs, compensation systems, policies and procedures. Also responds to management on compensation issues as necessary and provides financial analysis and information

People/Relationship Management

  • Develop relationships and partner with HR Delivery and their customers to proactively understand business goals, objectives and issues and identify opportunities where compensation can add value

  • Analytics & Interpretation

  • Proactively develop trends and analytics on competitiveness of compensation programs and adherence to pay practice policies

  • Educate HR Delivery and their customers on data analysis, trends and cost drivers. Builds case for change where necessary and influences stakeholders.

  • Support union negotiations and rate cases as needed

Process Improvement

  • Research and recommend new and revised compensation strategies and plans

  • Develop, review and coordinate major plan changes

  • Continuously review and evaluate compensation programs and recommend changes as appropriate to maintain the company’s competitive position.


  • Build internal/external relationships to identify and share needs, expectations, and process improvement opportunities to drive efficiency and effectiveness

  • Provides feedback to team members on operational issues and assists with problem resolution across all C&B functions

  • Provide mentorship and expertise internally to the compensation analyst team in support of compensation strategy, process improvements, systems, policies and procedures


  • Assist HR Delivery and their customers in understanding the Company’s overall compensation philosophy, program design and market competitiveness (educating on programs and process)

  • Trains and coaches HR Delivery and their customers on compensation programs and tools

  • Partner with C&B Leadership and the Communications team to effectively develop and deliver communication

  • Proactively develop and implement communications for key stakeholders (presentations, HR support, mySOurce, etc.)

Customer Service & The “How’s”

  • Ensures the highest level of customer service (speed, responsiveness, accuracy, ownership)

Additional / Ad-Hoc Responsibilities:

  • Support regulatory rate case activities

  • Contribute to compensation strategy development for union negotiations and on-going off-cycle support and analysis

  • May participate in external industry based forums

  • Manage vendor and consulting expectations and on-going relationships

Level & Reporting Relationship

• Reports to Compensation Supervisor



  • A bachelor's degree with a major in business, human resources, finance, accounting or other related field

Professional Experience:

  • 5-7 years of experience analyzing, interpreting, and consulting leaders using data is preferred.

  • Experience in vendor management and managing outside consultants is preferred.

  • CCP preferred.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of HR principles and practices.

  • Excellent communication skills and human relation skills and the ability to interact with all levels of employees in the company

  • High focus on customer service

  • Ability to handle multiple and changing priorities and a high volume work load

  • Ability to make and defend decisions/recommendations from data analysis

  • Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to draw conclusions from data

  • Understanding of various job evaluation methodologies including market pricing and how to apply job evaluation methodologies is required.

  • Understanding of compensation surveys including survey completion and survey data and data analysis.

  • Understanding of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the exemption tests and how to apply the tests

  • Highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products including Excel and PowerPoint

  • Proficient in the use of PeopleSoft and writing data queries

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. #LI

Job Field: Human Resources

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

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: SCS2010801