I recently took a position as a Team Captain. I report to my Team Leader who then reports out of department to an operations manager who manages multiple departments with hundreds of people. I handle almost all of the same tasks as he does without a few minor tasks. However, when he is ill or on vacation I assume the role entirely.

I find the term "team captain" a bit childish. From what I've been seeing online, the two words are used interchangeably. I feel his position should be "manager".

We decide everything together, and always consult each other, but I feel there is a large gap there between operations manager and team leader. Team Captain reporting to a Team Leader I find confusing. If anything wouldn't the Team Captain be in charge? The Captain of the ship, while the Tr Lead (still being within the team and doing team duties, be the "right hand man"? I need to make suggestions because I would like to use that title but also don't want to take away from his title or coworkers thinking I am lying or trying to over step.

What are industry standard job titles that would fit the situation I have described?

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  • Hi Christopher1986 - can you be more specific about what you actually do in your role? There are a lot of generalities in the description you provide, i.e. "we decide everything together", "need to make suggestions". Mar 9, 2016 at 14:01
  • How about Project Coordinator? Mar 10, 2016 at 10:01
  • "Thought Synergizer"
    – Ewan
    May 31, 2016 at 12:50

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I don't think there is a industry standard for what you do.

But using your ship analogy with a captain I'd say, just as you pointed out, your Team Leader is essentially the Team Captain. That would make you the First Mate or Team Mate. He's the captain's "right-hand-man" and he also does everything the captain does if the captain isn't around.

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    "Kirk" and "Spock"?
    – Ewan
    May 31, 2016 at 12:50

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