Cluster Manager Young Potentials (F/M/X)

Requisition ID:  14369

Linkebeek, BE, 1630

ENGIE Laborelec


ENGIE Laborelec is a research and expertise center focused on electrical power technology, with a team of over 335 employees from different background. We are part of the ENGIE Group, and more particular the newly created entity called ENGIE Research & Innovation. We support the entire electricity value chain, providing customized solutions to a diverse range of customers from various fields and industries. We are dedicated to achieving a net zero carbon future and finding sustainable solutions.



Business Line Renewables & Urban


The Renewables & Urban (R&U) Business Line of Laborelec provides business-focused research and expertise services to energy operators worldwide in the fields of solar, wind, hybrid and flexible assets, future home and collectivities, e-Mobility, lighting and energy storage. Each of these activities (delivery domains) is under the responsibility of a Delivery Lead. Within each delivery domain, project managers and experts lead projects which include:

  • Business-focused R&D projects for ENGIE Research & Innovation, like desktop or feasibility studies, technology evaluations, laboratory tests, pilot project realization, measurement campaigns, site inspections, monitoring campaigns, etc.
  • Technical consulting services for operational ENGIE entities and third clients. Examples are interventions to improve the performance of a renewable asset, implementing operational excellence strategies using digital tools, on-site inspections, on-site measurement campaigns and installation of hardware solutions

We strongly believe that R&D and operational assistance to operators are mutually enriching. The support we provide to operators gives us a clear and pragmatic idea of their day-to-day problems, and this helps us steer our R&D projects to meet their real concerns. On the other hand, our R&D allows us to stay abreast of technological developments, which is directly benefitting the support we offer our customers.

Due to this unique combination, Laborelec has a mandate to define the Research and Innovation roadmap on a variety of energy technologies for ENGIE, a leader in the energy transition with impact on a global scale.



People Department within the Business Line Renewables & Urban


All employees in the Renewable & Urban business line (except for the Sales team) are part of a Cluster. There are 3 Clusters in our business line:

  • Young Potentials
  • Expertise
  • Project and Program Managers


Each Cluster is under the responsibility of a Cluster Manager who acts as a coach for the employees in the cluster. The Cluster Manager manages the capabilities (functional and/or technical) and well-being of all members of the Cluster, serving the realization of Laborelec’s business strategy.


In particular, employees in the Young Potentials Cluster have joined Laborelec with no to typically less than 3 years of professional experience. Young Potentials require a specific coaching in their day-to-day work as both the environment (energy sector and more specifically the R&D sector) and the type of work (expertise services and R&D projects in a multi-disciplinary environment) are new to them.


As part of the People organization of the BL, the cluster manager Young Potentials will also contribute to manage and be the SPOC for external workforces, students and consultants providing specific expertise to our projects.


To support our growth, we are looking for a Cluster Manager Young Potentials within the People Department of the Business Line Renewables & Urban. You are part of a small team of Cluster Managers of the Business Line and report to the Head of People of the Business Line.



What you’ll be doing


Your responsibilities as Cluster Manager Young Potentials

  • You act as a coach for all employees of your cluster, being responsible for their personal development within the Business Line and the Laborelec organization, guiding their career journey from their start in the organization
  • You are specifically responsible for the “R&U Trainees Program”, a program specially designed for the youngest employees seeking to launch their careers by getting to know different technical domains within the Renewables & Urban business.
  • You drive the people and expertise development processes for each of the employees in your cluster within the training budget attributed to your cluster, in accordance with the technical competency matrix of the Business Line and its strategic roadmap. You do this by organizing collective training and defining Individual Development Plans, with support of the Learning & Development teams of Laborelec and ENGIE.
  • You organize Cluster Meetings, of which the content is finetuned in collaboration with your peer Cluster Managers, Delivery Leads and Head of People, to convey the key messages from the management, disseminate the company culture, facilitate peers discussions amongst the Cluster members on all topics affecting their work life and organize collective training sessions.
  • You foster a culture of “Health and Safety First” and regularly include topics related to H&S in Cluster Meetings.
  • You manage the workload of the Cluster “Young Potentials” and each employee in the Cluster: you validate resource allocation and regularly check the coherence and gaps in the resource allocation with the individual employees, Delivery Leads and your peer Cluster Managers. You detect too high or too low individual workload and work out solutions.
  • You manage People Well-Being and foster the use of feedback tools to be able to timely act. You deal with absenteeism (short term and long term) issues, psychosocial issues and conflicts arising for people within your cluster with the support of the HR Team.
  • You execute the Performance Management (PeMa) process with each employee within your cluster: goals setting – mid-year review – end-year evaluation and scoring. To this end, you frequently request feedback and input from Project & Program Managers, Delivery Leads and members of the Sales team (in particular to evaluate client satisfaction) and also provide input to concretize promotions or other steps in the career journey.
  • You deal with low performance and other performance issues within your cluster with support of the HR Team and according to Laborelec procedures.
  • You contribute to the annual People Position Review process for each of the employees in your cluster.
  • You are responsible for onboarding of new employees in your cluster and off-boarding of employees leaving your cluster according to internal Laborelec procedures.
  • You contribute and occasionally take responsibility for Laborelec-internal process improvement projects



Your Profile


•       You have experience in people or competence management

 •      You have excellent communication and people interaction skills

•       You have a very good understanding of the human challenges related to managing teamwork, workload and work/life balance.

•       You have experience in coaching and interacting with people within a flat hierarchical organization

•       You have experience with setting up and organizing teams.

•       You show tenacity and leadership for solving problems that come with budgetary/time/quality constraints and scope changes, and you are able to support and guide your colleagues in adopting a similar approach

•       You dare to take initiative and are a team player.

•       You master at least two of the three following languages : Dutch, French and English, and you are engaged to reach quickly a professional level in the third one (other languages are a plus)

•       Having a Master’s degree or a PhD in engineering, or relevant work experience in an international R&D and/or multi-technology expertise environment is a plus



Here's a taste of what Laborelec offers you


  • Flexible Working Environment: A green campus and hybrid workspace (up to 3 days home working/week)  offering flexibility for a good work/life balance 
  • Employee Resource Groups: An exciting position in a leading research and expertise center, with the possibility of further career development within ENGIE. 
  • An inspiring work environment: with ambitious colleagues and from different background
  • Learning & Development: Growth is a big reason people choose to join our team. We provide opportunities through lunch and learns, training, coaching, mentorship programs, and workshops.
  • Benefits: 34 leave days, 5 days free care for sick children , linen ironing service...
  • Wellness: You will have access to our fun room and fitness space for your enjoyment and well-bein



Where we work


Our headquarters is based in Belgium (Linkebeek, near to Brussels), and we have several branches in Europe (France, Germany & the Netherlands), Latin America (Chile) and Middle East (Kingdom of Saoudi-Arabia & United Arab Emirates)




Our values : The 4B’s


Be You, At Laborelec, we encourage you to be yourself and allow your skills and knowledge to shine through.

Be Safe, keeping our employees safe is our top priority.

Become, as a Laborelec employee, you can build your career.

Belong, join our dynamic community at Laborelec and become an integral part of our team. ​​​​



Our commitment


At ENGIE Laborelec, we are committed to building a team that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, including people of all races, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations.



We'd love to hear from you if this opportunity sparks your interest.

Your HR contact:


Isabelle Croiset



Business Unit:  Research & Innovation
Division:  R&I - LABS Laborelec
Contract Type:  Permanent
Job Type:  Full - Time
Professional Experience:  Skilled ( >3 experience <15 years)
Education Level:  Master's Degree