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Southern Company Internal Audit Digital Analyst in Naperville, Illinois

Internal Audit Digital Analyst


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.

Southern Company Internal Auditing has a team dedicated to leveraging and expanding the use of data analytics and digital labor called IDEAS (Integration of Digital Empowerment and Analytic Solutions). The IDEAS team objectives are:

  • Development and Execution of a strategic data governance process

  • Driving the evolution and improvement of decision making through new methods and technologies

  • Facilitate and enhance an information driven decision-making culture

  • Supporting internal and external customers through data driven solutions

  • Execution of training and programs for data literacy throughout organization


This position is responsible for understanding issues and providing data related solutions through collecting, cleaning, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data in order to answer questions, support findings and solve problems.

Responsibilities also include designing technical solutions to automate business processes and build automations as well as creating and executing tests to evaluate functional and non-functional performance of solutions. Developing an understanding current data state, workflows and processes and developing solutions for integrations, transformations, and deliverables will also be key focus areas of the position. This will include data analysis and data visualization to meet internal (internal auditors) and external (business unit leaders) customers’ requirements.


Business Acumen:

  • Work with the Technology Organization (TO) to obtain and organize data

  • Assist management in decision making supported by data analytics to improve processes and communicate results

  • Support auditors in the design and execution of tests to ensure processes are followed correctly

  • Analyze and interpret data to identify process gaps.

  • Leverage data visualization to communicate results in an efficient and effective manner

  • Work with various stakeholders to communicate and implement process improvements.

  • Analyze and visually communicate financial and non-financial data to help drive business decisions

  • Proactively review trends to understand and communicate macro and enterprise level risks.

  • Design technical solutions to automate business processes and build automations

  • Create and execute tests to evaluate functional and non-functional performance of solutions

  • Document and update solution designs throughout the automation life cycle

  • Partner with Technology Organization to maintain code and troubleshoot and resolve incidents in the production environment

  • Collaborate with a business to work directly with clients to define requirements, explore solutions, and assess the technical feasibility of RPA for the given problem

  • Meet with customers to gather additional requirements detail or resolve incidents in production

  • Adhere to best practices and participate in team meetings to further mature standards and practices of the development team

  • Provide feedback to other developers by performing reviews and technical design reviews

  • Evaluate change requests to determine approach and level of effort and communicate it back to either the team or customer


  • Ensure tasks and deliverables are completed on time

  • Lead team efforts to identify solutions to resolve known issues

  • Build and sustain relationships with stakeholders across all levels of the company

  • Evaluate and understand the business to assist in identifying and monitoring a variety of strategic, financial, operational and compliance risks

  • Apply business acumen, including audit and analytic skills, in all aspects of the job

  • Promote cooperation and foster teamwork to accomplish objectives

  • Manage time effectively, work efficiently and meet project deadlines and budget, including monitoring hours to assist in meeting departmental goals and metrics

  • Provide quality assurance for work performed and ensure work conforms to Professional Standards established by the Institute of Internal Auditors

  • Produce workable solutions to a range of problems and contribute new ideas

Skills and attributes for success

  • Excellent communication, comprehension and writing skills

  • Analytical thinking

  • Self-starter attitude

  • Strong team-player

  • Strong ability to create MS Word Documents, MS Project, MS PowerPoint slide decks

  • Well organized

  • Detail oriented


Education and Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Technology, Accounting or Finance

  • Advanced degree is a plus


  • Equivalent academic education and experience


  • Minimal 2 years work experience

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work successfully in a team setting

  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and mentor others

  • Advanced understanding of data analytic and data visualization practices

  • Experience using PowerBI Suite, Alteryx, Azure, and RPA development tools (i.e. Blue Prism)

  • Experience providing predictive analytics as well as data visualization

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Effective project management skills, including time management and work plan development

  • Advanced data analytics and data visualization skills

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Intermediate to advanced skills with Microsoft Office suite of tools (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PowerBI) Ability to work in a team environment as an individual contributor or independently with self confidence

  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and manage competing priorities

  • Understanding of risk management, internal controls, and governance

  • Must demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Company's core values of safety, unquestionable trust, superior performance, and total commitment


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 (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, 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 Diversity Inc, 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

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: Accounting & Auditing

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta, Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville, Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

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

30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Atlanta, 30308

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

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2010444