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colettelewis
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Vendor Manager

Can Upwork please tell me what "Vendor Manager" is supposed to mean? I have been invited to a job via this "Vendor Manager", presumably a replacement for a "Talent Specialist". 

 

As I see it, I am the vendor/seller and the client is the buyer, so where does "manager" come into it? Or is this a pretty phrase for "Sales" manager, which puts me in the "product" category?

 

Please could a mod explain in English what this means. 

 

Quite by the way, but will come as no surprise to anyone who has been here long enough, the "Vendor Manager" did not manage to tick any of the client's boxes (or mine for that matter). 

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abinadab-agbo
Community Member

If Vendor Manager is replacement for "Talent Specialist", then Upwork is no longer a marketplace but rather, an employer.

True or False?


Abinadab A wrote:

If Vendor Manager is replacement for "Talent Specialist", then Upwork is no longer a marketplace but rather, an employer.

True or False?


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In fact, I don't think so. It's worse. We are not employees, but products to be sold, if I have understood the term correctly. If not, then once again Upwork has exceeded its misuse of language. Hence my question. 

 


Abinadab A wrote:

If Vendor Manager is replacement for "Talent Specialist", then Upwork is no longer a marketplace but rather, an employer.

True or False?


100% false.


Tiffany S wrote:

Abinadab A wrote:

If Vendor Manager is replacement for "Talent Specialist", then Upwork is no longer a marketplace but rather, an employer.

True or False?


100% false.


Thanks for the input, Tiffany!

m_terrazas
Community Member


Nichola L wrote:

Can Upwork please tell me what "Vendor Manager" is supposed to mean? I have been invited to a job via this "Vendor Manager", presumably a replacement for a "Talent Specialist". 

 

As I see it, I am the vendor/seller and the client is the buyer, so where does "manager" come into it? Or is this a pretty phrase for "Sales" manager, which puts me in the "product" category?

 

Please could a mod explain in English what this means. 

 

Quite by the way, but will come as no surprise to anyone who has been here long enough, the "Vendor Manager" did not manage to tick any of the client's boxes (or mine for that matter). 


Same dog with different collar?

 

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Nichola,

 

I checked the invite you are referring to and confirmed that it was NOT sent by a Talent Specialist or anybody else from Upwork team. The invite was sent by the client or the client's hiring manager. I know it looks strange but it just looks like the client or client's own hiring manager prefers to use that as their name and signature. 

~ Valeria
Upwork

Valeria, 

 

Thank you for this and I completely take back my snark and swallow it. But it is quite difficult, initially, to tell client from Upwork in an invitation. 

 

 

researchediting
Community Member

I generally take referrals to hiring managers to mean:

  • I am speaking to a low-level recruiter, not the client.
  • I am being referred to a low-level processor, not the client.
  • There's a very good chance the entire enterprise is at best a house of cards.
  • No, thanks.
puckrobin
Community Member

Nichola, you are not the vendor. They want to hire you to help their vendors.

 

In e-commerce business, a vendor is a seller of a marketplace from the view of the marketplace. For example, sellers in Amazon are vendors for Amazon management.

 

I think client has a multi language marketplace and requires your translation services. If texts to be translated are to address vendors, e.g. registration process, commissions, rules, etc, it is normal that "vendor manager" is seeking for the translator to do the job.

 

 


Hakan O wrote:

Nichola, you are not the vendor. They want to hire you to help their vendors.

 

In e-commerce business, a vendor is a seller of a marketplace from the view of the marketplace. For example, sellers in Amazon are vendors for Amazon management.

 

I think client has a multi language marketplace and requires your translation services. If texts to be translated are to address vendors, e.g. registration process, commissions, rules, etc, it is normal that "vendor manager" is seeking for the translator to do the job.

 

 



I must confess you got me even more confused  :smileysad:


Hakan O wrote:

Nichola, you are not the vendor. They want to hire you to help their vendors.

 

In e-commerce business, a vendor is a seller of a marketplace from the view of the marketplace. For example, sellers in Amazon are vendors for Amazon management.

 

I think client has a multi language marketplace and requires your translation services. If texts to be translated are to address vendors, e.g. registration process, commissions, rules, etc, it is normal that "vendor manager" is seeking for the translator to do the job.

 

 


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Thank you for the clarification, Hakan, but you missed the point of my original post (an unfounded complaint, for which I apologized). 

 

However, as I sell my services to clients, I am a seller and therefore, a vendor, although the latter word for me, evokes a street trader. 


Nichola L wrote:

Hakan O wrote:

Nichola, you are not the vendor. They want to hire you to help their vendors.

 

In e-commerce business, a vendor is a seller of a marketplace from the view of the marketplace. For example, sellers in Amazon are vendors for Amazon management.

 

I think client has a multi language marketplace and requires your translation services. If texts to be translated are to address vendors, e.g. registration process, commissions, rules, etc, it is normal that "vendor manager" is seeking for the translator to do the job.

 

 


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Thank you for the clarification, Hakan, but you missed the point of my original post (an unfounded complaint, for which I apologized). 

 

However, as I sell my services to clients, I am a seller and therefore, a vendor, although the latter word for me, evokes a street trader. 


I didn't create this terminology. i just tried to explain that in e-commerce business this guy (or gal) has a decent position, he is not a dealer :smileytongue:

 

Just for clarification, not every seller is necessarily a vendor. Going on with Amazon example, someone who is selling some products/services in Amazon is a seller for Amazon client's point of view, and he is both seller and vendor for Amazon's point of view. 

 

Now, be prepared for more confusion :smileylol: We, freelancers in Upwork and also agents, are vendors for Upwork, but only seller for client's perspective.


Hakan O wrote:

...Now, be prepared for more confusion :smileylol: We, freelancers in Upwork and also agents, are vendors for Upwork, but only seller for client's perspective.


Nonsense. That may be a distinction made in the particular context you keep harping on, but it is common in the business world to use "vendor" to mean any supplier of goods or services. There is no reason to believe that in the context presented it meant anything more or less than that.

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