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Fleet Operations Coordinator - Power Generation Dispatcher (Birmingham, AL)

Southern Company
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Fleet Operations Coordinator - Power Generation Dispatcher
SCS Commercial Operations, Fleet/Real-Time Operations Department
This position will be located at The Energy Center in Birmingham, AL


This position is responsible for the intra-day commitment and dispatch of Southern Company generation resources to ensure bulk electric system (BES) reliability, minimize total production costs, and optimize the value of our generation assets. This is achieved through coordination across multiple departments and organizations, including, but not limited to, Generating Plants, Fleet Optimization, Gas Operations, Real-Time Trading, and the Power Coordination Center, as well as several external customers and counterparties. This position is part of a multi-person team covering 24x7 essential operations working rotating 12-hour shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Occasional travel (approximately 10%-20%) is required and consists primarily of travel within the Southern Company footprint to various plant sites.

This position will be filled at exempt level 6.


Job Experience & Education:

  • B.S. degree or relevant work experience preferred
  • 5+ years of power plant operations experience preferred
  • Operations Team Leader experience a plus
  • Shift work experience preferred
  • 2+ years of transmission or distribution control center operations experience a plus

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of generating plant and/or bulk electric system operations
  • Knowledge of economic dispatch, gas, and power markets, and/or production cost modeling a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytic and organization skills
  • Excellent critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to utilize multiple computer-based applications and tools
  • Ability to make sound and timely business decisions in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to organize, manage, and direct multiple activities quickly
  • Ability to recognize potential problems and develop appropriate plans of action
  • Ability to issue and execute operating instructions in a professional, timely, and clear manner


  • Successful candidate will be expected to obtain North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Reliability Coordinator Certification within one year from position start date.


  • Demonstrate Our Values - Safety First, Intentional Inclusion, Act with Integrity, and Superior Performance
  • Build and maintain good working relationships to accomplish objectives
  • Team player who desires to work towards a common objective
  • Learn quickly and have a desire for continuous learning
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-directed with strong initiative and leadership traits


  • Some relocation assistance may be available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the area


  • 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***

Together with our subsidiaries, we deliver clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to our 9 million customers. Our focus is doing so with service excellence.

That means we are leaders who take action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. We create community value through energy, social, economic, and environmental progress.

We do this through electric operating companies in three states and natural gas distribution companies in four. Our family of companies draw on diverse energy sources to create the best mix for our service areas, including electricity, natural gas, solar power, carbon-free nuclear, and other sustainable sources.

We leverage our leading distributed energy infrastructure company and other innovative technology to better serve every customer. Our competitive, national generation company serves wholesale customers, and our family includes a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services.

We have positioned diversity and inclusion as critical to our success enabling us to put the needs and well-being of the people we serve at the center of all that we do.

Southern Company believes all employees should feel welcome, valued, respected and heard. Our goal is a workplace in which all employees contribute to their fullest and a workforce that reflects our customers and communities. We accomplish this by valuing and leveraging the full range of differences and similarities we bring to our teams, customers and communities.

Workplace Awards

  • 2023 100% Corporate Equality Index Score - Human Rights Campaign (7th consecutive year)
  • 2023 America's Best-In-State Employers – Forbes
    • Southern Company (No. 1 in Alabama, No. 5 in Georgia)
  • 2023 Best Employers for Women (No. 9) - Forbes
  • 2023 America’s Greatest Workplaces – Newsweek
  • 2023 Best Companies for Multicultural Women – Seramount
  • 2023 Top 50 Companies for Diversity - DiversityInc (8th consecutive year)
    • No. 1 Top Company for Black executives
    • No. 3 Top Company for Veterans
    • No. 5 Top Company for Supplier Diversity
    • No. 14 - Top Company for Executive Diversity Councils
  • 2022 Global 200 – Forbes
  • 2022 Best Employers for Women - Forbes
  • 2023 America’s Best Employers for Diversity - Forbes
  • 2023 America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity - Newsweek
  • 2023 America’s Best Large Employers – Forbes
    • No. 15 overall, top utility
  • 2023 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer (No. 2) - GI Jobs magazine
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