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Southern Company Representative, Customer Service - Emergency Response Team in Riverdale, Georgia

Representative, Customer Service - Emergency Response Team


The purpose of this position is to handle emergency calls in a timely and proficient manner ensuring the safety of the customer with one call resolution within multi-jurisdictional and multi-functional customer contact teams in support of Southern Company Gas utilities in multiple states. The incumbent is responsible for taking actions to minimize risk and to ensure liability of the company is secure with each interaction. The incumbent works in a high volume, fast paced, and multi-tasking environment, takes ownership of commercial and residential customer requests for leaks and gas outages via telephone, and handle online chat, fax and email volume. Incumbents are responsible for regulatory and budget compliance and compliance with work policy, practices, and procedures.

Functional Expertise:

  • Prepare emergency and priority field orders (e.g., leaks, no gas, low/high pressure, emergency locates, and miscellaneous orders)

  • Report on non emergency service activities (i.e. errors, calls, emails, complaints and call trends).

  • Investigate and probe to ensure clarity and that customer’s request are satisfied according to emergency policies and procedures.

  • Coordinate work requests with appropriate departments and service centers.

  • Contacts customers and reschedules orders for all markets when availability has reached beyond the capacity to work the orders as scheduled.

  • Handle escalated customer service inquiries from customers in all markets and marketers in Georgia in a limited capacity after hours and weekends.

  • Handle situations which may require adaptation of response or some research according to customer response.

  • Provide guidance to marketers and their customers and in some cases to the vendors. (I.e. no gas request must be investigated to determine if a no gas should be sent to the field or an order rescheduled)

  • Communicate effectively with internal and external customers embracing different cultures and diverse groups with safety as first priority.

  • Determines documentation requirements; reviews and maintains hard copies when necessary. Uses computerized system for tracking, information gathering, and/or troubleshooting.

  • Performs clerical functions related to orders. Updates and maintains customer account information (e.g notes on accounts for return mail, senior citizen approval and utilize call tracker for documentation).

  • Report service disruptions (vendor, process, systems)

  • Adhere to established policy, procedure and quality standards within service standards or metrics for work performed

Business Acumen:

  • Maybe required to work in one or multiple ques/skill sets (i.e., emergencies/customer service, etc.) over various customer contact channels.

  • Able to work in a 24/7 working environment where shifts change due to business needs and seasons. ERTs are required to work holidays.

  • Maintain working knowledge of all company products, services and promotions.


  • Participate in activities designed to improve customer satisfaction and business performance.

  • Participate in morale building activities

  • Manage peer relationships

Driving Results:

  • Accountable for meeting individual performance objectives

  • Responsible for managing assigned workload, setting goals, prioritizing work, evaluating results and taking corrective action as needed.

  • Must meet KPI targets on a consistent basis

Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • High School Diploma or GED


  • BA/BS degree

  • Bilingual (Fluent)

Related Work Experience:


  • 6 months of experience in customer service

  • Availability to work flexible schedule which includes all hours of customer care center operations


  • 1 year experience in an utility or call center


Equivalent academic education and work experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:



  • Computer use - basic proficiency

  • Keyboard 40 WPM

  • Ability to multi-task (Including talking with customers on the phone and using computer systems)

  • Customer Service – basic proficiency

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skill

  • Time Management – Maximizing available time to its highest purpose while achieving objectives

  • Oral Comprehension – the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words (listen for what’s not being articulated, listening for agreement, etc)

  • Persuasion and negotiation skills

  • Must be able to use multiple mainframe and software programs – MS Office and others which includes SharePoint

  • Solid problem solving skills

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Call center environment

95% keyboarding

Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees in the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

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 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national 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 utilities 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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Riverdale

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

South Customer Service Center - 540 Georgia Highway 138 SW (540RiverdaleCODE)

540 Georgia Highway 138 SW

Riverdale, 30274

Req ID: GAS2003735