BLUF: If you had a candidate you knew and liked, but the manager (your direct report) he would be reporting to was lukewarm on the candidate, would you hire the person anyway?
I'm having a conflict with a manager under me. I have a candidate that has worked for me in the past that has interviewed for an individual contributor role in my department. I am somewhat new to my director level role, and to this company, and only have managers answering to me. The managers reporting to me were not my hires. One of them is excellent, one of them is not very effective. The ineffective manager has a vacancy on his team. I suggested a former direct report for the role, and he interviewed (not exceptionally, but would be a great fit for the role). The effective manager and ineffective manager were both in the interview. I knew the candidate and recommended him, the effective manager thought he was a great candidate for the position, and the ineffective manager (his would-be boss) wants to keep looking. The position has been open for 6 weeks and we've only managed to interview one person for it, with no other candidates in the pipeline. I suggested we try to speak to another candidate before making a decision, which we attempted to do today, but that candidate was a no-show for the interview. I sent an email to the manager and to our recruiters asking to proceed with an offer for the candidate we spoke to, and the manager replied to all contradicting me and saying not to, and to keep looking for more candidates.
I'm rather annoyed that he disagreed with me, in writing, in front of our recruiting department. I have given him feedback on that and told him if he needs to disagree or discuss, he can do it privately.
I don't want to undercut my direct report, but I know he doesn't make the best decisions and I'm confident in the candidate's ability to do the job. I need to bring effective people in to this team in order to accomplish what I was hired to do. I feel justified in making the decision for him. Would I be setting a good candidate up for failure by giving him a boss that doesn't want him?