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Southern Company Principal Engineer, Technical Lead – New Gas Fired Generation in Atlanta, Georgia

Technical Services Mechanical Support

This position will primarily be located at the Energy Center in Birmingham, AL


  • This position will be based out of Birmingham, AL, however candidates living outside of the area may be considered with the expectation that they could successfully telework and be physically present in-office (The Energy Center) and/or field location on a routine (see below) and as-needed basis.

  • Hybrid work schedule (both in-office and telecommute); currently three (3) days in-office and two (2) days telecommute (subject to adjustment).

  • Travel will be approximately 25% consisting of up to two project sites per month, spending 2 to 3 days at the site as needed to perform site assessments.

  • Will require travel to project sites primarily within the traditional Southern Company footprint (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi), but may include other locations in the continental US.

  • Some relocation assistance may be available if the successful candidate does not already live within a reasonable commute distance.


In this position you will be responsible for technical oversite of design review, construction, and startup of new natural gas fired resources within Southern Company’s retail operating footprint. This position will lead cross functional technical and design teams including but not limited to mechanical, electrical, I&C, civil and environmental SMEs along with SCS Construction and plant personnel.


  • Ability to review design information and disseminate to appropriate SMEs and plant personnel for review.

    • Collect input from design review and lead collaborative discussions with OEMs and EPCs.
  • Indirect supervision of engineers/analysts as well as indirect supervision of associated and supporting functions/personnel.

  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise project activities in a team building environment.

  • Lead role in the negotiation, development, and/or management of contracts.

  • Development and implementation of appropriate solutions addressing project challenges through identification and response to all circumstances that affect the project deliverables.

    • These affects include changes to the project's performance or schedule encompassing the timeframe from project award through some defined period post commercial operation.
  • Coordinate SCS and plant personnel review and design deviations during construction and startup activities along with proper documentation.

  • Maintain an active presence on site during key phases of the project.

  • Preparation and presentation of project status and results to all levels of enterprise-wide management and peer groups.



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution required.

    • Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical engineering discipline preferred.
  • Advanced degree is desirable.

  • Professional Engineer license preferred.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a Power Plant, Paper Mill, Steel Mill, or similar industry is required.

  • Specific experience in any of the following areas would be strongly preferred: Simple/Combined Cycle Startup, heavy industrial construction, Power Generation Engineering design/startup, or Plant Engineering and Operations and Maintenance.

  • Project management experience and demonstrated success leading a cross-company, multi-function enterprise team through a large, complex project.

  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated experience in the development, implementation and operation of power generation technologies highly desired.

  • Proven analytical skills and the ability to communicate complex topics verbally and in written form

    • Proficiency with standard analytical and business software such as Microsoft Office applications is required

    • Exhibited high proficiency in the development and delivery of information using PowerPoint and other visual messaging software.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and creative problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to consensus build, appropriately balance competing functional drivers and effectively communicate complex topics

  • Broad general knowledge of power plant systems

  • Demonstrated project management capabilities with proven ability to prioritize multiple projects and/or issues with conflicting deadlines and/or business unit drivers

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills presenting complex information to key stakeholder


  • Self-starter with a confirmed work ethic and personal accountability

  • Proven ability to develop, maintain and rely on close, constructive working relationships with customers, business partners, and all internal and external stakeholders

  • Role model of Southern Company Values at all times

  • Ideal candidate will lead by example and be a champion of Safety.


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

    • Medical and dental coverage

    • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

    • Performance-sharing plan

    • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

    • Bonus opportunities

    • Tuition Reimbursement

*Please submit an updated resume with your application*

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: 6663

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services