A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed for a Director of Marketing position. The interviewing company is a $150 million manufacturing organization comprised of a half dozen brands, in both the consumer and B to B markets.
During the course of my day at the company, the hiring manager told me that the previous Director of Marketing had left to take a similar position with another company due to preferred location and more money. He also told me that things hadn't worked out for the old DoM at his new employer, and that he was begging to come back, but that he wanted the ability to remain in his new location, working in a satellite office on the West coast, three time zones away from the company's HQ on the East coast.
Last week, I was tendered an offer to join the company, as a Co-Director of Marketing based in their corporate HQ, and through conversation, discovered that the other person they wanted to bring onboard is the previous DoM, who would indeed work remotely.
I am very interested in the Director of Marketing position, assuming it is a single person position. The structure as proposed to me feels a little funky, for a few reasons:
- The old DoM is desperate right now to get out of his current situation, so I suspect he’ll agree to almost anything to get that done. However, once back, I’m concerned that he will try to reclaim his old position, and I’m not terribly interested in stepping into a potential power struggle.
- There is a single set of resources in the marketing department. Having two peers negotiating with one another about how to allocate those resources at any given time seems problematic.
- I’m being told that if I come onboard, the hiring manager has every confidence that in 6 months to a year, I will indeed be running the entire department, which has me wondering what he’s telling the “other” Director of Marketing.
The hiring manager seems open to my opinions about how the responsibilities are divided, but is adamant that they see it as a two-person position. The location is perfect, the money is close, and the direction in which the company is headed is a positive one, but I can’t shake the feeling that the structure they’re proposing isn’t ultimately going to work.
What do you think?