Technology Planning Analyst

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Southern Company

Technology Planning Analyst in Atlanta, Georgia

JOB DESCRIPTION

This position reports to the Southern Power and PowerSecure Technology Director, participates on the leadership team, and supports Southern Power Company (SPC) and PowerSecure to guide our strategic technology direction. This position ensures that our technology investments are optimal, adhere to standards, align with business objectives and are justified against the total cost of technology ownership. The TPA advocates for technology investments that advance SPC and PowerSecure competitive advantage and benefit Southern Company as a whole. The Technology Planning Analyst (TPA) provides thought leadership on direction and decisions based on emerging technologies, industry trends, competitive landscape, the art of the possible with technology balanced with what is achievable. The position fosters strategic partnerships, elicits business requirements, documents business processes and business cases. The position creates and maintains technology roadmaps, produces professional presentation materials, and facilitates governance and budget processes. The position coordinates vetting new technology with security, contracts, legal and business owners to mitigate risks. This position is based in Atlanta. Travel may be required across the national footprint of SPC and PowerSecure.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES

Build and maintain strategic partnerships with SPC and PowerSecure to apply knowledge of the business and appropriate technology for improving efficiency and scalability, mitigating risk, and driving net income growth, , improving scalability, and planning for technology lifecycle replacements.
Anticipate needs and provide business consultation for innovative solutions.
Understand and articulate the mission, vision, goals, strategic priorities of SPC and PowerSecure to influence positive business outcomes.
Develop and own SPC and PowerSecure strategic technology plans, communication, and governance aligning with enterprise strategic plans.
Build and maintain strategic partnerships within the Technology Organization effectively supporting SPC and PowerSecure.
Gains information on technology trends among industry competitors uses to guide technology recommendations and planning
Share technology best practices across Southern Company and external partners.
Ensure that SPC and PowerSecure understand the importance of common technology standards and the risks of non-compliance (eg. cost, cyber, uptime, etc..).
Educate on technology initiatives, updates, and service changes representing SPC and PowerSecure interests with the sponsoring Technology Organization group.
Drive technology leadership and facilitate governance to ensure appropriate prioritization of technology spend within SPC and PowerSecure.
Create and maintain technology roadmaps for functions, systems and businesses.
Creates professional presentation materials used to guide executive audiences
Facilitate governance clearly documenting agendas, minutes, surveys, and decisions.
Coordinate and track funding for technology investments and benefits realization.
Develop business cases including business requirements, options, and cost-benefit.
Champion the use of Data Analytics technology (including ML/AI) to integrate operations and commercial decision making
Consult on technology budgeting to ensure a full understanding of technology costs.
Coordinate vendor management activities (eg. demos, quotes, RFP’s, and contracts)
Plan and provide leadership for the delivery oversight of Technology initiatives.
Travel as necessary to SPC generation facilities, especially renewable facilities, and PowerSecure microgrid and distributed generation installations to understand operations and make recommendations for improvements
EDUCATION

BS or BA degree in Computer Science, IT, Engineering or related field is preferred.
JOB EXPERIENCE

Customer facing experience with relationship building demonstrated required
Technology portfolio management, technology driven business consulting, or experience in Renewable and Distributed Power Generation preferred.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

Demonstrate Southern Company Values.
Demonstrate a net income mindset.
Expertise in technology trends and economic drivers in Energy & Utility industry.
Strong technical background combined with strong business acumen.
Proven collaborator leveraging broader enterprise expertise, tools and plans
Proven innovator delivering incremental and transformational change drawing out creative ideas from diverse teams
Experience managing multiple priorities and delivering high quality work
Proven analytical, problem-solving, financial analysis and planning skills.
Demonstrated strategic planner and innovative thinker who articulates vision and generates professional business decision making deliverables.
Broad knowledge of technology tools and application rationalization.
Experience with Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Ability to build, maintain, and influence relationships at all levels.
Demonstrate leadership skills with strong customer focus orientation.
Strong knowledge of viabilities of current and emerging technologies.
Excellent presentation skills communicating ideas concisely at appropriate levels.
Excellent facilitation skills, listening, verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail for self and others.
Proven track record of achieving results.
Proven ability to negotiate, compromise, and influence.
Flexible, calm under stress adjusting smoothly to changes in direction.
Self-motivated, proactive, and removes obstacles for the success of others.

 

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