Southern Company Director, Construction in Atlanta, Georgia

Director, Construction


Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to ensure the successful completion of Capital Construction programs for Southern Company Gas’s, Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas Utility Local Distribution Centers. This position has accountability and responsibility for delivering on performance and financial results, and that all internal employees and external pipeline contractors perform capital construction work for the Local Distribution Center’s in a safe, quality, and cost-efficient manner compliant with all federal, state, local, and corporate requirements.

Functional Expertise:

  • Oversees construction and timely completion of underground gas utility infrastructure for AGLC and CGC.

  • Oversees the management of construction activities for a capital infrastructure program budget exceeding $300MM annually. Monitors program expenditures and schedules to ensure on time and on budget completions

  • Ensures compliance with governmental regulations and Southern Company Gas standards on all capital pipeline Construction projects

  • Prepares, monitors and executes on planned expense and capital budge

  • Provides explanations for both Capital Construction and O&M budget variances and develops appropriate strategic, corrective actions

  • Delivers all margin producing programs (rider programs) to budget

  • Monitors the customer on-boarding experience to ensure all customers are extended service in a timely manner

Business Acumen:

  • Identifies new Construction Processes and procedures to improve the safety, quality, and/or cost effectiveness of gas installations

  • Formulates strategies to increase productivity of all employees

  • Develop documented strategies for contractor quality deficiencies


  • Presents departmental performance and reports on the progression of major projects to key internal stakeholders at the executive level

  • Manages overall staff selection (over multiple LDCs) and development through coaching and training opportunities

  • Collaborates with other Gas Utilities to share best practices

Driving Results:

  • Develops and Executes annual O&M and capital budget within targets

  • Establishes and monitors work goals that are consistent with the department’s and corporation’s overall strategy

  • Drives results through performance management of staff including setting expectations, evaluating results and taking corrective action as needed

  • Implements construction programs to ensure safe, reliable and cost-effective construction of physical gas distribution and transmission assets

  • Develops key construction metrics to monitor performance and effectiveness of Construction Operation organization

Education, Certifications/Licenses, Related Work Experience:

Required: A relative BA/BS degree and 8 years of utility experience or 12 years of relative gas utility experience

Preferred: 10 years of pipeline construction and contracting experience or utility experience in a combination of Construction, Engineering, Project Management and/or Operations with a degree in engineering or construction management. A professional engineering license, project management certification, and/or an MBA are also highly valued.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Strong knowledge of regulatory codes and industry standards 49 CFR 192, ASME B31.8

  • Ability to read and interrupt project design plans

  • Develop and approve critical operating routines

  • Strong analytical, communication, and presentation skills

  • MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word proficiency

  • Project management proficiency

  • Ability to read and interrupt design plans

  • Develop budgets and analyze variances.

  • Solve complex construction issues

  • Project leadership skills


  • Strong knowledge of pipeline construction standards including welding, fusing, boring/drilling, inspection techniques, and knowledge of Southern Company Gas’ OPM (Operations Procedure Manual)

  • Experience with Southern Company Gas systems including Work Management, GIS, Procurement, and Project Costing (Accounting) systems

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

The incumbent works in an office environment with occasional trips to the field

This position occasionally requires walking of construction sites and could require the individual to bend, kneel, or crouch from time to time.


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 America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally 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 energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

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Job Field: Construction

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Atlanta Gas Light

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

Req ID: GAS2001740