My manager is retiring soon, leaving the management of my team up in the air. Initially, I was pegged to take over his role by upper management, and was groomed to do so, increasingly taking on more responsibilities over the last few years.
Lately, as his retirement looms near, upper management has indicated that there has been talk of merging several teams, but no firm decisions have yet been made. To cover the management of my team until a decision on the merger is made, I would be offered a "secondment", allowing me to move from my current technical position into a management position and manage the team for a year. After a year, the position would be re-evaluated, based on the decision of whether or not to merge teams.
Perhaps I'm being overly cynical, but I'm having a hard time understanding how this is a good thing for me. Yes, it gives me some management experience, which I currently don't have, other than a few projects on which I served as project manager. On the other hand, it strikes me as a way to cover my manager's position until a permanent replacement can be found. It also strikes me as a year-long interview.
Would you view this as a good opportunity? Suggestions on things to watch out for would be appreciated.