I am new to the CT forums, and I believe I've done a thorough search to see if my question has already been asked by another member. No success.
Here's my dilemma: I've been with my current company approximately 10 months and am unhappy/bored. I did some soul searching and research as to what would improve my current situation, as I would like to stay with my current employer. I looked back at the job description that I had applied for, and the description has far more (exciting) responsibilities listed than I am currently being assigned. My job title is "Quality Assurance Engineer," but the description lead me to believe that it would be a Continuous Improvement role, working with other departments, driving improvements, and integrating standard work. (Our facility does not have any Process Engineers or Continuous Improvement Managers.) Most of my work load has been process audits, paperwork, and laboratory work.
To be fair, there have been some attempts by myself and my manager to develop process control limits with Engineering and Operations, but the environment has been a bit hostile. I believe the hostility is a matter of ownership, as the other areas say "we've got it under control" or "we're already working on that". This then leads me to believe that my manager is not in touch with the other department heads. I'm at a loss on how to proceed.
I've been doing some under-the-table work with the shop floor leads on process improvements under my own initiative, but I do not feel that the management support is in place or coordinated. I'm considering presenting my manager with my original job description and asking him how we can bridge the gap between the vision and the reality. In the meantime, I am applying for what may be my dream job. Another concern, is that in my application for the new job, I anticipate the questions of why I am leaving my current job.
Any advice on how to proceed?