Functional, Technical, and Project Delivery Professional

Brad Sterling is a Partner with Columbus Consulting. He has been consulting for retail clients for over 25 years. His responsibilities have included program/project management, business process definition, application requirements gathering, system selection assistance, system design, system configuration, system testing, business process and system training, transition definition, and system implementation.


  • T-Mobile – Program Management
    • Integrated into the Program Management team while leading a 150+ member, international team. Created a multi-discipline test program including domain, performance, security, system integration, end-to-end, financial, user acceptance, business validation, and night of deployment testing across seven supply chain initiatives including master data, merchandise planning, DC-to-DC transfers, store and DTC order fulfillment, and customer returns.
  • Finish Line – Planning Process Definition & Implementation
    • Collaborated with business and IT representatives to define merchandise planning, financial budgeting, key item planning, store planning and grading, and assortment strategy processes. Worked with third-party software solution partners to define a technical solution that fully supported the business strategy. Assisted with project management and led the user acceptance and training teams.
  • Hallmark – Planning System Analysis & Modification
    • Collected and analyzed business requirements and IT compliance needs, reviewed existing system offerings, and determined a cost effective, timely upgrade approach. Coordinated with business team leads and IT representatives to implement changes without impacting business operations.


  • Merchandise Planning
  • Store Clustering
  • Assortment Planning
  • Financial Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Key Item Planning


  • Business Process Design
  • Program/Project Management
  • System Selection
  • Solution Implementation & Testing
  • Training
  • Retail Consultant


  • Backcountry
  • T-Mobile
  • Finish Line
  • Hallmark
  • Cabela’s

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