I was in talks with a company to get hired in a devops role. They mentioned they don't have that role yet but would be interested to establish it, I would be a good candidate, since I have many years of experience in that role. Eventually got hired by hiring manager A, then met also briefly her boss vice president B.
After the usual onboarding, I was invited in several meetings of the engineering related teams to get to know people etc. In a meeting of the QA team, which I was told to work also closely with since they of course also have a stake in deployments, the host of the meeting mentioned, "here is our new hire, Y, which will take over what I have been doing for this QA team, and in the next few weeks we do a handover." News to me.
My hiring manager A was already nowhere to be seen by this time, a few days after onboarding, she was busy with projects unrelated to my devops work and only had time for quick catchups.
I got later informed from a 3rd party that the expectation from vice president B is that I will take over QA, take care of organising their day-to-day work etc. since this QA team recently came under her reign and needs leadership. This was confirmed in writing by B as I asked about it.
My hiring manager A mentioned that this shouldn't concern me too much, just work out a plan how I do it, then vice president B will be happy and I have enough time to take care of stuff I was actually hired for.
Fast forward, I worked with the team a bit, helped them where I can with my skills but lacking domain knowledge, talk to the people in the team, etc. Otherwise I can't imagine creating a plan for people I don't even know what they do.
Not even a month after my first day I had a one on one with vice president B, I wanted to take the chance to mention that I was initially expecting a somewhat different job and wanted to know what the background was of this change. I mentioned that I can take care of the new role it if that's what's needed, just I have some concerns about how well I can perform in a role I have no experience with.
This was not well received, I was seen as somewhat ungrateful that I don't take this chance straight away. It was also mentioned that leading the team of 8 should be kind of a side-job in the coming few weeks, so that I can finally get started with devops work which has according to the VP high priority. I was told to finally produce a proper plan of what I want to do with the team and organise their roadmap for the next 0.5 - 1 year within the next couple of days, otherwise it would be difficult to justify my role to the business.
Now, I feel like I'm already one leg out of the door.
Is there a way to fix the situation? I like the place generally and also can see to take the different role, it's just that I will make mistakes there and the VP already looks like he would get rid of me rather sooner than later even before I started. Also if I can't raise honest concerns with a manager, then I can see this situation happening over and over again where I get pressured for asking troublesome questions. Also it's concerning that my initial job is still expected of me and I'm supposed to bring this under one hat without any senior manager supporting me for this. Hiring manager A is kind of nowhere to be seen anymore.