Interview with our new Supplier Relations Manager

We recently welcomed our new Supplier Relations Manager, Stevan Ulama to our team. We asked him about his background, interests and aspirations.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m originally from the beautiful coast of Montenegro :) I completed my BA in English Language and Literature and Specialisation year in Translation (English – Montenegrin and vice versa) at the University of Montenegro. Following that, my dream came true and I had the amazing experience of being a student of MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics at the prestigious University of Cambridge (UK). Then, I worked as a translator and teaching assistant of Business English in Montenegro for a while but still decided to pursue my research plans and enrolled for a Research Master’s in Language and Communication at the University of Tilburg (the Netherlands). All this experience of studying and living in several countries abroad truly enriched me and, eventually, made me fall in love with Budapest too.

What languages do you speak, and why do you enjoy learning languages?

My mother tongue is Montenegrin/Serbian which means I can understand Croatian and Bosnian as well. I also speak near-native English and intermediate French. I can communicate in basic Italian too. During my studies in the Netherlands, I learned basic Dutch and Spanish but don’t use them too much anymore. Hungarian is on my list now and I’m very interested in learning this unique language. My wish is to learn Greek one day as well.

As you can probably guess, I love learning languages because they always open a door into new cultures and enable me to easily meet new people and be familiar with their lifestyles, customs and habits. “A man who knows two languages is worth two men” so…:)

What inspired you to pursue a career in the translation industry?

I have always loved translating because through it you can learn more about various subjects, and I also enjoy tackling complicated phrases/idioms. As a linguist/translator, it was only natural for me to pursue a career in the translation industry. Having said that, my current position is quite new to me and although challenging, it fits well with my linguistic knowledge and research skills.

What do you hope to gain from working at Albion Languages?

From my first day, Albion Languages has impressed me. I’m very happy to be a part of this very professional and hard-working team. In the long-term, I hope to gain more knowledge about the translation industry itself and all the work processes a translation agency follows. I look forward to meeting new vendors and expanding our vendors’ pool.

In your opinion, what skills are needed to be a good supplier relations manager?

I’m still learning how to be a good supplier relations manager, but it seems to me that several skills are very important: soft skills (communication, decision-making, paying special attention to detail, assertiveness), and especially negotiation and networking skills. I hope to improve them all while working here!

Now for some fun questions! Can you tell us a surprising, random fact about you?

One of my favourite movies is a French movie, “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain”, I have watched it 10 times so far :)

What do you like doing outside of work?

There are many things I like doing in my spare time but mostly travelling, playing sports, going to the theatre and cinema, reading books and various (academic) articles, clubbing and sunbathing. I love being at the seaside :)

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