Centrica • Belgium

Flexibility Optimisation Researcher

Employment type:  Full time


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Job Description

Centrica Energy is looking for a Flexibility Optimisation Researcher to join our Optimisation Algo Development team in Antwerp. This is your chance to join one of Europe's leading trading houses moving energy from source to use and working tirelessly to provide renewable energy now and in the future. Energy is always moving – so are we.

The role

As a Flexibility Optimisation Researcher at Centrica Energy, you'll focus on researching and developing algorithms to optimize our flexible asset portfolio.

Your daily tasks include applying and evaluating these strategies in Python, benchmarking them against state of the art solutions. You will also be responsible for clearly communicating your findings and analysis to the team, contributing to collaborative strategy development and adjustments.

Profile of the ideal candidate

The short summary: "You are an open-minded, rigorous researcher that wants to investigate state-of-the-art techniques for optimization under uncertainty in the energy sector".

Lets break that down

  • Open-minded:

    • You are open for discussion with people from all over the business

  • Rigorous:

    • You have attention to detail

    • You don't give up when faced with challenges

  • Researcher:

    • You can formulate research goals and work towards them in a structured manner

    • You can communicate around your findings in a clear manner

  • Investigate optimization techniques:

    • You have knowledge on different optimisation techniques and how they compare

    • You have experience with coding (preferably in Python) in order to assess the potential of different techniques for different cases

  • Optimization under uncertainty:

    • You are at ease with concepts like distributions, correlations and probabilities

    • You understand risk-reward trade-off

  • In the energy sector:

    • You care about the environment and the impact that we have on it.

    • You are motivated to enable a transition towards a higher share of renewables in the energy mix

Our offer

An opportunity to:

  • Become part of a high potential and fast-growing energy technology company;

  • Become part of a high caliber team, where your creative input will have a high impact;

  • Contribute to the development of sustainable grid balancing solutions, strongly impacting reduction

    of carbon footprint in Europe and North America.

Beyond this, the candidate will be offered an attractive and comprehensive remuneration package. Location is Antwerp (Belgium), walking distance from the station.

We have a flexible home-working policy in place.

About Centrica Energy

We’re a leading European renewable energy trading powerhouse, and one of only a few major actors in the energy trading business that manages both renewable assets and executes energy trading at large scales simultaneously. With +13 GW of renewable power under management and +15 years of experience innovating the European PPA market, we’re a unique player positioned in an exciting industry with the ambitions and capabilities to push the green transition forward.

Centrica has a strong focus and track record of nurturing talent. The responsibilities and tasks we take on are limited only by our imagination – we dream big and aim high when setting new goals, and we deliver on that through honesty, proactiveness and responsibility. By applying for this role, you will get the opportunity to join one of the most successful energy trading teams in Europe.

We have an inclusive environment, and our experience is that different views from different people with different backgrounds strengthen our business and makes us all better. Our people come from all over the world, and we invite anyone with the skills and the mindset to apply for this role.

Make your move today to change tomorrow.


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Company benefits

Adoption leave
Open to part-time employees
Enhanced sick days
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Gym membership
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Compassionate leave
Dental coverage
Fertility treatment leave
Season ticket loan
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced maternity leave
Carer’s leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Cycle to work scheme
Pension match/increase
Equity packages
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Share options
Financial coaching
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Company car
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Centrica

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Windsor, London, Cardiff, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Stockport, Staines, Hampton, Aberdeen, Barrow, Hull

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

2nd – Large companies

2nd – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
3rd – Consumer Goods

3rd – Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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