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Manager Approval


I am trying to setup Jira Service Desk for our internal Service Desk with some request types that should automatically get submitted for manager approval. 

I am not finding a way to do this.

Our Atlassian environment is setup with Okta and Okta has the manager listed but it looks like it is not able to send that over to Atlassian. 


Does anyone know how to have employee managers listed on the user profile so that they can be selected?

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Hi Peter-John,

Thank you for reaching out to Atlassian Community!

It’s possible to set a list of specific approvers for Service Desk. In this case, it’s necessary to add them to a group.

Related to automate this, I’m not sure if that’s what you need, but using the built-in automation, you can check if a customer is members of an organization or member of a group and edit the approver to a specific person. It’s also possible using an add-on like Automation for Jira.

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What I was looking for was a way to store the manager of an employee somewhere. 

If Employee A submits a request that requires manager approval it would then automatically route to their manager. 

I would need this to be maintained automatically as keeping that up-to-date would be too cumbersome.

Hi Peter,

If there are few employees that need this setting you can use the same automation but instead of selecting the reporter, as they are internal users, you can add them to a group with the name of the manager. 


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So, when a user creates a ticket and they are a member of the group “John” that would be the manager, the field approvers will automatically change to the manager. 

Hope this helps!


Hi @dat_peterjvw 

You can automate routing of approvals to managers from Okta using the Multiplier plugin on Jira cloud:

This uses post functions to pull in the manager from Okta and insert that into the Approvers field in Jira. See this for more details:

Here's a quick demo of what this looks like when you combine manager approvals with automated provisioning in Okta:


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