I am a newer employee (less than a year) with a growing company facing change on various organizational levels.
My current position is/was a newly created position, that I am well suited for. I have had praise for my work, have gotten recognized for going beyond what is asked of me, and feel that I have begun to network well within the organization.
A newly created position has just opened up that is quite a few pay grades higher than mine. It is in more in the neighbourhood of assistant/managerial responsibility in a different department than my own. However, quite of a few of the responsibilities of the new position are already being performed by myself in my current position.
On one hand, I feel like I have a very good chance due to the fact that I am already performing majority of assigned duties, perhaps to a less intensive degree than to be required. I already have rapport with the manager specific to the department, and can already rehearse why I'd be perfect for the job.
On the other hand, the paygrade jumps a few levels (although how positions are graded seems to be a bit of a mystery among staff), and I've only been in my position for a short amount of time. I fear that it will backfire and will be seen negatively to having been trained only to leave the position. Because this was a newly created position, I know that there is no one trained and available to fill my place should I be promoted. My current manager is difficult to work with and not liked by many people. Apparently, that was one of the reasons they had trouble filling this position internally.
That said, it is not my motivation for applying. I am truly interested in this new position, regardless of the paygrade. It is aligned with my career goals, although I wonder if I am jumping the gun.
Would it be inappropriate for me to apply? Could it be reflected negatively?