offer letter issue
interviewed with company several times, current IT Director will be retiring in the next 18 to 24 months. I am "the guy" to be the successor, however, offer letter does not state that.
I think it would be perfectly acceptable for them to include that in your offer letter. In all of the offer letters I've received, the title/actual job was in the first or second sentence. You definitely want to iron this out.
Offer letters tend to be very brief.
Just out of interest, it seems highly unlikely that such a senior position would be guaranteed to you this far ahead.
Yes 18-24 months is too long a period for it to be any more than sugar coating. Put not ye faith in promises.
It can't hurt to ask. But remember, they might be reluctant to guarantee a position to a new hire - for all they know, you might do an about-face and decide to cruise because you know you're going to be IT Director anyway. They're probably just protecting themselves.
If he is retiring in 18-24 months, then I can't imagine that the sole reason you are being hired is to take over his position.
I don't think it is appropriate for them to put it in writing, for the reasons mentioned above, but also because the current IT Director may well decide to stay on for an extra year, or something that the company cannot foresee. This might be, for example, to take advantage of new stock options.
Steve Jones (UK)
Thanks for the wonderful comments and ideas.
I think that, without anyone's making promises about the distant future, it's certainly appropriate for them to say what your *current* duties are expected to be ... and, these duties may include shadowing the current IT director, acting as a vice-director, or whetever it is you're expecting to start doing as soon as they hire you.
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