Alstom Compensation & Benefits Manager - Benelux cluster in Charleroi, Belgium

Date: 12-Sep-2017

Location: Charleroi, BE

Company: Alstom

The Railway industry today is characterized by both a strong and sustained growth across the world. The trends that drive this are well known: With 6B€ of Sales and around 30,000 employees based in over 60 countries, Alstom develop & market the most complete range of systems, equipment and services offered today in the railway sector. Today we offer our customers solutions that feature a seamless blend of diverse technologies, ensuring optimal interfaces, along with flexible implementation and real synergy in innovation.

Job Title: Compensation & Benefits Manager – Benelux cluster

Job Location: Charleroi, Belgium.

Willingness to travel between the different sites (Charleroi, Brussels, Utrecht and Ridderkerk).


In Belgium, Alstom is active in the design and manufacture of equipment, electrical and electronic systems for rolling stock equipment and railway signalling. Alstom Belgium has developed two centers of excellence: one for auxiliary converters, traction systems & low voltage cabinets, and the second for signalling systems for main lines and ETCS (European Train Control System) / ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System).

Alstom Belgium also offers the operators its expertise in maintenance services and renovation. The Charleroi teams have a good knowledge and reputation in project management all over the world. With nearly 1000 employees, including 500 engineers, Alstom Belgium is the largest rail production site in Belgium.


Single point of contact at Cluster level for C&B policies / programs and deployment of C&B processes – collects inputs from the HR Business Partners / Corporate C&B and delivers solutions to address Cluster Business priorities within HQ guidelines.

Organisational Reporting

The C&B Manager reports directly to the Cluster Human Resources Director and functionally to the Compensation Director.

Key Network and links:

Internal: Major stakeholders are the Group Compensation & Benefits-organisation, Site HR Director/managers and Country Business Managers. Other important links are to other HR functions locally and centrally and to the finance community. The C&B Manager is also the primary point of contact for International Mobility and Corporate Consolidation.

External: Vendors and consultants, legal advisors and regulatory agencies

Specific responsibilities of the role:


  • Development and management of an effective and efficient Cluster Centre of Expertise for compensation and benefits

  • Deployment of the Alstom core C&B programs, including Salary Budget Planning, Salary Review, and Short Term Incentive processes (with smooth interfaces to AES, payroll, vendors for benefits & payments, Corporate)

  • Design and deployment of specific Cluster programs aligned with the Alstom total reward strategy , principles and objectives and in line with market practice, local business needs, affordability and prioritization

  • Ensure ongoing benchmarking of the Clusters total rewards programs against relevant industry benchmarks and conduct ongoing listening processes with internal customers to make sure programs respond to business needs

  • Provision of high quality reports /analysis /technical advice for decision support to HR colleagues, Corporate, Cluster/site management, and functional leaders

  • Drive C&B projects within the Cluster and provide C&B support to larger HR/Business projects within his/her geographical scope

  • Maintenance of legal/regulatory compliant HR approaches and process for compensation & benefits, and immigration

  • Play an active role within the Alstom C&B international network


  • Analyze and report on various components related to total reward issues, including advice and support to management regarding interpreting policy and plans

  • Make recommendations to leadership and HR regarding plans that require review due to operational issues or regulatory changes

  • Plan, design, and maintain the company’s benefits programs, including life, health, disability, pension and profit sharing that support the total rewards philosophy and ensure market competitiveness, including due diligence for M&A, restructuring, etc.

  • Supervise the selection of the company’s benefits providers, including carriers, consultants, brokers, trustees, advisors, administration platforms and other partners; responsible for ongoing management of benefits partners, including periodic selection and monitoring against required service levels

  • Maintain a working knowledge of legislation that may affect compensation, benefits, and/or polices and ensures compliance with all legal requirements of various employee benefit and compensation programs (example: LTIP, sharing programs); oversees the preparation and filing of required legal reports and documents; advises Corporate C&B on local legislation evolution.

  • Maintain and support the ongoing operations for internal compensation and benefits committees, councils, etc. required for program decision making and regulatory compliance.

  • Be the expert for compensation and benefit programs and approaches for International HR, including providing guidelines for special payments (e.g. tax gross-up, allowances)

  • Recommend and initiate new benefit programs and projects to continuously improve service levels, efficiency, costs and quality consistent with Alstom global strategies

  • Direct all communications & training associated with benefits plans and compensation programs, in concert with local communication strategies, to: provide consistent employee understanding and appreciation of programs and policies; ensure appropriate use of standard approaches to job levels, recognition programs, etc.; and deploy standardized compensation & benefit policies, tools, etc.

  • Direct all communications and training associated with cross-border movement to ensure compliance with standards and compliance with all immigration laws.

  • Manage the country job evaluation process including responsibility for cross country consistency checks, initial proposal for positions at Cluster level being considered for C3 and C4, and validation of positions below C2.

  • Lead the policy process for severance / restructuring policies / programs obtaining Corporate approvals where required


  • Effective service delivery (measured via stakeholder surveys)

  • Cost reduction and containment (measured as direct cost of COE and cost of outsourced HR benefit plans & providers, and compared to external cost benchmarks for benefits)

  • Process efficiency (measured in terms of process cycle times, response times, error rates)

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Education : Minimum Bachelors’ degree required; Masters’ degree (law, economics,…) and/or certification in compensation and/or benefits design preferred

  • Previous experience :

  • 10+ years in a fast-paced corporate shared service environment

  • 10+ years of experience in developing and managing compensation programs (hourly, salaried and senior mgmt.)

  • Knowledge of benefit programs/laws/regulations,and ability to assess financial implications of rewards programs

  • Track record in managing defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans

  • Technical Skills & Competencies :

  • Highly competent in the use of Excel and professional HR systems/databases

  • Knowledge of C&B-practices and legal background in both Belgium and The Netherlands

Language skills : Trilingual English/French/Dutch

At Alstom Transport, we offer you the opportunity to unleash your potential and reinvent yourself. As a future employee, you will have a unique opportunity to drive our organization forward, while continuing to build your career and contribute to the expanding growth of the global railway industry. More information about Alstom can be found at:

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