I am working as a Project Manager from the last few months but my official designation is still of a software engineer. The official role change will happen next year but I want to use "Project Manager" as my designation because I want recruiters see me in that position. Is there any word which can specify this?

[I saw some profiles on LinkedIn writing "Manager (Designate)" - is "designate" the word I am looking for?]

  • I think designate is exactly the word you are looking for - as per Macmillan, "chosen for a particular job but not yet officially doing that job," it seems to me to be more fitting and more precise than any alternative I can think of - caretaker, acting etc.
    – tmgr
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 10:28
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    @tmgr That definition is exactly the opposite of the position in question.
    – Kris
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 11:20
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    @Kris: I don't understand your comments at all. I would say "Project Manager (designate)" is fine here. "Acting Project Manager" is also possible, but it suggests that the role change may only be temporary.
    – TonyK
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 11:47
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    "designate" definitions: *Appointed but not yet installed in office. *Appointed, but not yet in office. *Appointed to an office or post but not yet installed. *Named or selected for an office, position, etc., but not yet installed. *Chosen but not yet installed
    – Zebrafish
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 12:48
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    @Phoenix I've just simply listed the definitions from official dictionaries. They are all along the lines of "Appointed/named/selected/chosen for a position or office but not yet "installed/in office" Whether this applies to you, I don't know. You say you've already taken up the role but don't have the official title of Project Manager. I'm not in a position to say whether this applies to you. Someone else will have to help. If you don't get a solution here, consider the Workplace Stack Exchange.
    – Zebrafish
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 21:39

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The most common usage in American English is Acting:

holding a temporary rank or position : performing services temporarily; acting president

It is frequently used in politics, when the person holding a post has left, but no one has been appointed and/or confirmed.


The word[s] you are looking for is "interim", "pro tem", or "pro tempore". That being said, just calling yourself a project manager is probably not a big deal. You can always clarify when asked about details.


(BrE) Secondment

In many organisations in Britain, the term would be Secondment:

The temporary transfer of an official or worker to another position or employment.

This is used for both being temporarily promoted to a higher position, and for being moved to an entirely different office/employment. It does not prohibit the role change from becoming permanent - but it implies you are expected to return to your previous role after a given time.

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