My former boss just left the company and a colleague of mine took over his responsibilities temporarily. Now, this colleague of mine has already been prepared beforehand to take up a leading position in the future. He is also on very good terms with our department manager. As far as I - or anyone else I have spoken to in my team - is concerned, it is pretty much guaranteed that this colleague of mine will be the next permanent head of our team. Nevertheless, the company has to accept applications for any position (by company rules) - even if that is often only pro-forma.
I have been wondering if I should apply myself as well. Not even because I think I have a chance of getting this job as the head of our team (Even though my profile fits the job description ~80%, I am the youngest and newest employee by far in this team), but instead to signal to the higher-ups that I have this kind of ambition and that I think I would be qualified to lead a team in the future as well.
Do you think that would be a bad idea? I am not really afraid of 'offending' anyone and I think I can handle the pressure/unrest this would generate in our team, but I am a bit concerned if this would be seen as being 'uncooperative' or 'unrealistic' by the higher ups (mainly the department manager).