I'm looking for an idiom which is the opposite of "falls under your umbrella" or "up your ally".

For example:

I noticed you are the head of IT at ACME. Until recently, I would have thought that reducing manufacturing cost operations is _____ [idiom for "not relevant for a person at your position"].

  • Someone else's problem? (SEP) – Tony Andrews Jul 5 '20 at 8:39
  • A rather old-fashioned British expression - not your pigeon. – Kate Bunting Jul 5 '20 at 9:27
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    "up your alley". Your version sounds somewhat uncomfortable for your friend! – chasly - supports Monica Jul 5 '20 at 9:42
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    Could you tell us who is saying this to whom and in what context? An example sentence would be very useful. – Greybeard Jul 5 '20 at 10:18
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    @Dave Thanks I would have thought that reducing operational manufacturing costs wasn't your line. (A line = the goods or services that are produced/sold - hence, area of responsibility/interest.) – Greybeard Jul 10 '20 at 9:24

You could negate the idioms you provided in the question: "doesn't fall under your umbrella", "not up your alley". Many idiomatic responses would be prefaced with a negation:

  • They don't enjoy it: "not your cup of tea"
  • They haven't seen it before: "not your area of expertise," "not your wheelhouse"
  • It's beyond them: "out of your depth", "over your head", "beyond you" (note: even if meant neutrally these will generally sound condescending)
  • It's something that they don't (or shouldn't, or don't want to be forced to) have responsibility over: "above your pay grade"
  • Tangentially referencing a related subject that they don't know about or aren't interested in: "But that's a whole different kettle of fish"
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    'Above your pay grade' is the ideal solution for the example OP gives. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 10 '20 at 15:04

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