Southern Company Human Resource Business Consultant, Staff in Atlanta, Georgia

Human Resource Business Consultant, Staff


Job Summary:

The Human Resources Business Consultant acts as an internal management consultant for the Southern Company Gas organization. This position will support the Operations Services organization and the Commercial businesses, which is comprised of SouthStar Energy Services and Sequent Energy Services. The HR Business Consultant will provide strategic HR consulting and services to these client groups in support of achieving business results. Areas that are specifically targeted include: leadership and team effectiveness, organizational effectiveness and design, workforce planning, leadership development, performance management, employee relations, recruitment, organizational planning, compliance with HR policies & procedures and compensation. The role will be involved in implementing and managing all Human Resources initiatives that impact the businesses. This position does require some interaction with a unionized workforce.

Functional Expertise:

  • Provide HR business support through counsel and guidance concerning all aspects of human resource issues to leaders and employees to include demonstrated technical knowledge of all major Human Resources disciplines such as performance management, leadership development, succession & development planning, compensation, employee relations, policies & practices, workforce planning & strategic staffing, project management, organizational effectiveness principles, metrics, and organizational change

  • Serve as a back-up to Labor Relations in handling issues and grievances

  • Ability to respect and maintain confidential and sensitive information

  • Outstanding facilitation, listening, & presentation skills

  • Analytical skills used to interpret data such as demographics, employee assessments, employee surveys, retention and workforce trends

  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and to manage multiple tasks

  • Ensure leaders have the awareness, information and tools to establish and maintain effective working environments for their people

  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations concerning employment, company policies that affect employment and employee discipline

  • Promote the Company’s values and culture to improve decision-making and performance

  • Implement strategies in collaboration with business and HR leaders to improve the Company’s employment brands and overall workforce effectiveness

  • Provide input to the HR Centers of Excellence (COE) to ensure program offerings are properly aligned with business strategies and priorities and to minimize employee relations issues

  • Assists in planning organizational change within client groups (e.g. reductions in force, reorganizations, etc.)

  • Provide recommendations regarding performance management, termination decisions and coaching while ensuring fairness

  • Track issues and identify trends. Review and analyze information to make sound employee relations recommendations to clients

  • Conduct investigations including complaints of harassment, code violations and EEO issues and make recommendations to minimize company exposure

  • Ensure client groups are aware of human resources initiatives and how these initiatives impact them

Business Acumen:

  • Continually evaluate the current employee engagement climate and the business plans to ensure alignment and readiness to perform

  • Consult at all levels with assigned business unit leaders concerning their organizational needs and business strategies

  • Develop a deep understanding of the business and employees that shapes the expectations and trajectory of future performance capabilities

  • Know the current, short term and long-term business status and direction as well as industry and general workforce trends


  • Collaborate with the COEs to include Legal, Training, Benefits, Compensation and other shared service organizations to ensure effective compliance efforts, program offerings and employee support

  • Demonstrated ability to consult with all levels of executives/management

  • Ability to champion and influence change and a willingness to take risks

  • Strong leadership skills: influencing, developing and coaching employees & leaders and motivating others

  • Collaborate extensively with assigned business unit leadership to ensure services are effectively aligned with the needs of the business as well as providing best-in-class contributions to business efforts

  • Influence leaders and employees regarding their decisions and behaviors impacting business performance

  • Disseminate and interpret HR policies and procedures; serve as HR subject matter expert for employment practices and procedures, as needed

  • Attend client staff meetings, front office meetings and other business meetings hosted by the client

  • Work closely with all HR functional groups to support and implement HR related initiatives

  • Facilitate training programs to client groups, as needed (e.g. New Hire Orientation, Performance Management, Open Enrollment, etc.)

Driving Results:

  • Manage the execution and delivery of people programs (e.g., performance management, talent review, succession planning, change management, partnership with Talent Development on deliverables, etc.) to maximize their impact as well as minimize disruption to the business

  • Review business units’ performance management results, compile data and facilitate calibration meetings

  • Gather data and deliver insightful analysis and recommendations to business concerning current people capabilities, climate and performance as well as concerning future needs

  • Ensure successful implementation and delivery of Human Resources products and services to client groups

  • Ensure the Human Resources organization’s strategic and tactical initiatives are effectively executed

  • Consult with management of client organizations on HR business planning and organizational effectiveness issues

  • Maintain a work environment that emphasizes professional excellence, teamwork, customer satisfaction, and personal growth

  • Provide a high level of customer service that is cost effective and value added

  • Develop programs and lead projects to support business objectives

  • Partner with Southern Company Services leaders and internal committees to provide strategic support for all HR initiatives

Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required : BA/BS in Business, Human Resources or related field

Preferred: Advanced degree in business with focus in HR, employment law or a related field, HR certification (e.g. PHR or SHRM – CP)

Related Work Experience:

Required : 3-5 years progressive HR Generalist experience including experience in the following areas: Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Compensation, and Benefits

Preferred: 2 years Labor Relations experience

Applicant may possess a combination of equivalent education and work experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


• Demonstrated ability to anticipate value added business need of clients

• Solid working knowledge of employment and labor law

• Demonstrated ability to influence, negotiate, and problem-solve effectively

• Ability to speak, present, and facilitate in group settings – both in person and virtually

• Relationship and influence skills

• Strong critical thinking skills

• Ability to multitask and manage functionally diverse client relationships

• Strong analytical and consultative abilities

• Ability to effectively communicate (both written and verbal) at all levels of an organization

• Ability to effectively discuss and resolve conflicts

• Proficiently in MS office suite – Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Word

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Office environment, 40% local travel throughout metropolitan Atlanta and some overnight travel required.

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

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 Field: Human Resources

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

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: GAS2001793