I have a mechanical engineering background and have been with the same company since I graduated college in various increasing roles within the maintenance organization in the metals industry. I am interested in making a jump to become the financial analyst within my department. The current analyst will probably be rotated out in the next 9-12 months to another department.
I have spoken to one of the Plant Controllers and he mentioned that there is a need for more analysts and there shouldn't be an issue with my background to make the jump. My intent would be to supplement the job switch with a part time MBA.
My manager and I have a solid relationship but our department also has an attrition problem and I don't know that there is someone in the pipeline within the organization to fill my role. He has continued to give me added responsibility and I am truly thankful for that but I feel my long term opportunities are limited within my current department.
How do I go about approaching my manager about this? I know for instance he is trying to keep his group intact and he seems to be biased that success within the organization lies within the technical realm which I am currently already in.
Would appreciate any feedback.