I'm a Java developer at a large FTSE 30 company.
My line manager approached me and asked if I'd like to be the teams lead developer. I was keen to accept.
Initially he said I'd be acting-up for 3 months, then changed his tune and said I would be doing a 6 month secondment.
During this time, he has got himself promoted and I have a new line manager.
I have been very successful during this secondment and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive: both from my former line manager and current line manager.
However, six months on, no lead role has been created in the organization and a new director has re-organised the structure of the team: two senior roles (senior Android and senior iOS) are going to be created.
I feel a bit put-out that my secondment has amounted to nothing. I could have just done nothing and then applied for the senior role 6 months later (which I feel aren't as marketable as Lead developer).
During my secondment I have basically become TA, senior developer, line manager and general go-to guy for all things (across Android and iOS).
What do you think I should do, and has my company abused it's position? I feel they have offered a secondment to a role that they never really planned to create. During this time I have received no financial benefit for doing a more senior role.