I don't believe I can succeed in my current management role at the organization I have worked for over the past year. I have strong technical abilities that the company needs and am contemplating approaching my manager to see if I can be re-assigned to a position where I can be more effective. The reality is I likely won't be fulfilled in the technical position either but it will allow me to continue to contribute value while the company finds a managerial replacement and I find a suitable professional home. And the actuality is that I may be the only one in the country who really has the skill and experience to handle the responsibility.
About a year ago the company I worked for was purchased by a large competitor. It was a privately owned business and the company that bought us basically did it because they wanted one of our customers. I had worked there almost 15 years and had grown from a production planning and logistics role to become a VP and take a seat on the Board of Directors. The last few years were some of the most profitable the business had ever had. It is the experience against which I benchmark all opportunities.
After the purchase I was asked by the new company to move to a new site they were starting up and take over a lead role in bringing the facility online. The strategy is ambitious and I happen to be uniquely suited to help the site succeed given my overall knowledge of the business and my in-depth understanding of the manufacturing process.
Here's the issue for me. There's no passion for the business with this new company. There are processes on top of processes and guidelines and rules for everything. There are clearly defined required behaviors but there is no sense of ownership in the business. My manager and his manager clearly aren't believers in the process, only in defending their positions/salaries.
I'm used to running the business, not being run by it. I don't know how to work in an environment where I don't have input into strategy or direction. These things were promised but they aren't actually delivered. I'm a wrench now, not a mechanic. Due to the circumstances, I was never really interviewed, but I feel like I have a job that I never would have applied for had I known the details of the employment.
What to do?