I'm about to be officially promoted to Senior Engineer in a couple of days. At the same time, I've also been been presented with an opportunity to move to a different organization in Amazon that's doing some rather exciting work. This is an opportunity I'm likely to accept.
I deeply value my current manager's support, because he was critical in helping me secure my promotion despite some very tricky circumstances. I'm aware that promotions are just meant to recognize past work, but leaving virtually immediately after a promotion still feels rather unpleasant. Leaving now will also have a bigger impact on my team since we've shrunk quite a bit recently.
What are some tips for structuring and framing the inevitable conversations I will be having with my manager(s)?
First I recommend my series on Effective Communication if you haven't watched it already. A lot of the advice shared there like the tactics around body language will be relevant for these conversations.
It seems like you have a good relationship with your manager (which I imagine is effectively a requirement to have them push for your SDE 3 promo). Given this, I think it's best to just be honest, kind, and appreciative:
I view any career change on a spectrum
Express to your manager that this change is more about the latter -- the new team is able to uniquely offer an opportunity for you.