Supervisor, Application Development

Birmingham, AL

Title: Supervisor, Application Development

Location: Birmingham, AL

Status: Full-time employee

Department Name : Plant Technology Solutions

Purpose: This position is responsible for providing leadership and strategic delivery in support of Southern Company Generation Fossil / Hydro plants, Fleet Strategy and Reliability, Southern Nuclear, Southern Power, Research and Development, Power Delivery, Technical and Shared Services organizations. The primary focus of this role is to support and enhance plant specific technology used by the generation fleet such as emissions monitoring and safety and health.

Responsibilities include production support and maintenance of existing business applications, as well as successful new solution development, including the analysis, purchase and implementation of appropriate vendor applications in support of existing monitoring and diagnostic centers and remote operation centers. The position will be responsible for building, maintaining and improving a data analytics platform to optimize maintenance and extend diagnostic capabilities.

This position leverages business, technical, and consulting resources from across the Technology Organization (TO) to ensure the timely delivery of effective business solutions. The scope of work includes: managing the life cycle of applications; providing project oversight; managing the staff who design, deliver, and maintain application products; staying abreast of emerging technologies; developing expertise in the business area and effectively applying the knowledge gained within TO; ensuring effective resource planning; managing and developing staff; effectively managing the budget for the function.

Directly reporting to this position will be 5 professional staff members with strong technical, project management, consulting, and communication skills. This position provides performance management and development of the people reporting to this position. This position also aids decisions related to process improvements and work assignments and ensures compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and SPC separation protocol.

Education/Experience :

  1. Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field required

  2. 5 or more years of experience in IT, with at least 2 years of experience leading multiple, small-medium sized and cross-functional teams

  3. Expertise with big data techniques, technologies and successful benefit realization of traditional reporting, data analytics capabilities and multi-faceted solutions and platforms delivered with an agile business use case driven mindset

  4. Working knowledge and understanding of existing and emerging information technologies

  5. Awareness of energy industry trends, opportunities, and challenges

  6. Demonstrated ability to understand technology issues and quantify the risks to ensure appropriate business decisions are made

  7. Has developed initiatives and delivered results on time and within budgets

  8. Has worked across functions in TO or in business

  9. Has developed effective working relationships with employees, peers, and management

  10. Demonstrated leadership and management skills including building a strong results-oriented team; performance management; budget management

  11. Demonstrated communication skills (oral/written) to all levels of employees/management


Positive attitude, leadership capability and skills, proactive, ability to work in fast-paced/high pressure environment, deals well with change, deadline oriented, capability to understand technical information, excellent interpersonal skills, business focused, ability to think out of the box, ability to formulate strategic plans, excellent analytical skills, creative problem-solving skills, project development & management skills, good business judgment, strong performance management skills, strong verbal/written communication & presentation skills, good negotiation skills, shows initiative and takes ownership of work, strong technical experience, ability to simplify complex subjects in a way that can be easily understood by non-technical audiences, exemplifies Our Values.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Drives and manages continuous improvement of technology delivery, maintenance, production support and reliability.

  • Understand the highly competitive generation business and support model required to meet business needs

  • Develop, drive and deliver on departmental strategic plans and goals

  • Proactively manage the life cycle of the applications. Includes managing new solution development and assessing/implementing options from vendors; efficiently supporting, maintaining, and retiring applications to ensure maximum value and reduced cost

  • Monitor solutions to maintain alignment with the business units

  • Ensure application solutions exceed expectations for functionality, quality, cost, and timely delivery

  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships/partnerships with TO, business units and external vendors

  • Attract, develop, retain, and manage a highly effective, diverse workforce of technical employees highly skilled in multiple disciplines whose purpose is to design, develop, and successfully implement on time and within budget, applications and other products that deliver business value and exceed expectations

  • Manage the organization as a business with emphasis on efficient budget planning, budget variance management, strong financial performance and effective resource planning

  • Comply with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and established practices and procedures

  • Be a leadership model: Exhibit Our Values in all aspects when representing Southern Company


Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. 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 Identification: 5599

Job Category: Information Technology

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services