Internal promotion or look elsewhere?

I’ve been at my job for two and a half years now. I’m at the point in my career where I am wanting management experience. Fortunately, the Warehouse Manager who I work as basically 2IC to is leaving, and I want to step in and take the role. I was the first to be notified by WM that he is leaving, and over the past 4-6 weeks he has transitioned basically all of his responsibilities over to me, so that we can actually operate seamlessly.

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The job has been advertised internally and externally. I am the only internal candidate, apparently there has been a decent amount of external interest. Today I was screened over the phone by some HR lady in charge of recruiting for the role who has been working with us for 3 days… I basically told her the exact ins and outs of the role, and that I have already had the responsibilities passed over to me, she agreed theoretically I have the inside lane..

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The position directly reports to an Operations Manager who I have a decent relationship with and has said he’d be keen for me to take over… Everyone else in the company already thinks I am taking over. However the kicker is, there’s some other shitbag manager (not GM or anything) who shouldn’t even be involved but always has his finger in the pie of EVERYTHING that happens. Apparently he has already mentioned he wants me to ‘focus on my current role’. I do NOT want to focus on this and I want progression. This guy micromanages something chronic. I am worried and constantly anxious that an external candidate will be selected, despite me already being trained up and the best candidate to take leadership.

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I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what to do. I’m prepared to stick around with the company and deal with stupid ass micromanagement if I am made Warehouse Manager, so that I can at least have that experience + promotion on my CV. I’m good at switching off from work stress at home, so am not worried about that.
On the other hand, I am prepared to hand in my resignation if an external candidate is chosen because it is then clear the company has no long term plan for me.

What should I do? Should I start actively looking and interviewing in the meantime? I have no idea whether I’ve got a genuine shot. How to deal with shitbag manager randomly getting involved too?



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