In organizations sometimes we refer to the manager of a manager as the "grandfather".

For example "candidates for senior level positions must go through a grandfather's interview" meaning those candidates must be interviewed by the hiring manager's manager.

Is there another way of saying this that is more neutral with respect to gender and isn't awkward "manager's manager" or weird "grand-boss"?

I've thought "Überboss" or "grand-manager" or something, but these seem a little too contrived.

  • I saw that, but thought that with evolution of diversity and inclusion ideas in recent years, there might be new thinking around this...
    – Dwev
    Jan 25, 2019 at 11:37
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    It's only 4 years old...
    – AndyT
    Jan 25, 2019 at 11:40
  • There's second-level report. (And I just saw from the other question that second-level manager is sometimes used—that one was new to me.) Jan 25, 2019 at 19:16