Proven Leadership in Retail Systems Development

Marc Skinner is a Partner at Columbus Consulting. He has over 25 years’ experience designing, developing and implementing IT solutions in the retail sector. He was a founding member of the development teams that built two of the world’s leading merchandise planning systems with JDA and i2 Technologies. More recently, he has been a technical consultant on both the JDA and Oracle/RPAS suite of software solutions, specializing in reporting and integration. He blends an in-depth business understanding with technical expertise.


  • ASOS (London)
    • Solution Architect for Oracle RPAS financial and assortment planning
  • Eddie Bauer (Seattle)
    • Reporting design for Oracle RPAS financial and item planning
  • Tesco (UK)
    • Oracle RPAS Solution architect for cost-based merchandise financial planning
  • Saks 5th Ave (New York)
    • Designed Omni-channel BI reporting for Oracle RPAS financial planning. Solution architect for a retail method JDA i2 financial planning system
  • Wal-Mart, UK Apparel Division
    • Created solution design for BI reporting for an Oracle RPAS financial planning system. Solution architect for real-time reporting for JDA’s assortment planning solution
  • BigW (Australia), General Merchandise Discount Chain
    • Business process lead and technical architect for a merchandise financial planning system using JDA i2
  • Woolworths (South Africa), Department store, apparel & home ware
    • Designed merchandise planning, assortment planning and allocation systems with JDA i2


  • Merchandising and MP&A
  • Reporting
  • Financial Planning, Assortment Planning


  • International
  • Leadership
  • System Planning
  • Business Intelligence
  • Omni-Channel
  • Technical Architecture
  • Retail Consultant


  • ASOS, UK
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Gordmans
  • Tesco, UK
  • Saks 5th Ave
  • Wal-Mart (UK)
  • BigW (Australia)
  • ToysRUs
  • Woolworths (South Africa)

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