Southern Company Manager, Asset Protection in Atlanta, Georgia

Manager, Asset Protection


The Asset Projection Manager is accountable for damage prevention programs, right of way management and maintenance, and submerged crossings inspection and maintenance for Southern Operations.

This position is the primary liaison with State and local government regulators and officials and is accountable for compliance with state and federal regulations and company policy related to asset protection. The position supports the selection, and manages 3rd party contractors including: locating, Right of Way (R/W) maintenance, R/W remediation and patrol, Submerged Crossing inspection.

Additionally, this position is responsible for communicating damage prevention policy regionally to all internal and external parties through active involvement in forums and meetings on this topic.

Functional Expertise:

  • Evaluate damages in support of companies position in disputed cases.

  • Evaluate performance of departmental contractors, vendors, and personnel

  • Respond to elevated issues from state regulators, excavators and/or home owners on damage prevention topics.

  • Demonstrate proficiency with damage prevention regulations, industry standards, and internal policy. Works with key stakeholders to adapt policies and ensure procedures and accountabilities meet or exceed regulatory requirements.

  • Maintain compliance on Asset Protection duties as required per Federal, State and/or local laws.

  • Liaison between company and various outside agencies (State One Call Board(s), State Pipeline Safety Regulatory Commission(s), AGA, etc.)

  • Initiates technology and process improvements and drives implementation of changes.

Business Acumen:

  • Review and provide approval for monthly departmental financials. Invoices, accruals, and liabilities

  • Prepares and administers the departmental budget, and provides variance explanations

  • Resolves contract or billing disputes and performance non-compliance.

  • Participate in trade associations

  • Conduct annual contract reviews and initiate and coordinate changes with other areas of Asset Protection.


  • Provide supervision and leadership to Asset Protection supervisor and staff

  • Oversees staff selection, development, and retention.

  • Facilitate meetings with Asset Protection contractors and set contractor expectations

  • Communicate with other regional departments on damage prevention policies and expectations

Driving Results:

  • Utilizes a metrics scorecard to capture and communicate progress on goals and performance

  • Lead all safety initiatives

  • Monitors, directs and implements best practices related to pipeline patrols (aerial and ground), marking of Company facilities, right-of-way maintenance, and encroachments.

  • Develop and provide monthly departmental statistics on performance and trends


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, finance, engineering or recognized discipline Or Equivalent academic education and operations experience


  • Masters Degree – Technical or Business or Project Management Certification

Related Work Experience:


  • 3 years engineering and operations experience in a gas utility, pipeline transmission, or other energy/utility related field

  • 2 years experience in various areas of analysis, budgeting, and forecasting

  • 2 years of supervisory/management experience


  • Background in Damage Prevention, Right of Way Maintenance and locating facilities

  • PHMSA regulation and State Damage Prevention Law knowledge and experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Knowledge of regulatory codes and state/local laws related to utility damage prevention Knowledge of regulatory codes and industry standards

  • Project management

  • Geographic Information Systems basic proficiency

  • MS Office proficiency

  • Leadership, analytical, communication, and presentation skills

  • Business writing proficiency

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • The incumbent primarily works in an office environment.

  • The incumbent may work near or with moving mechanical parts.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to excessive noise.

  • The incumbent may be exposed to construction related activities

  • This position occasionally requires prolonged standing or walking.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to reach above shoulder-level.

  • This position occasionally requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  • This position requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

  • Occasional local and overnight travel.

  • Keyboarding required in approx 40% - 60% of daily tasks.

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: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance

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: GAS2001473