Sr Product Manager/Solution Architect – E2E Merch/MP&A Retail Systems 

Rahul is a retail systems expert with deep functional knowledge across a broad set of Merchandising and Inventory-related business capabilities acquired at two public retail companies over 20+ years. He is adept at driving strategic thinking and solutioning around complex end-to-end inventory-related retail processes at scale,  acting as a flywheel driving collaboration and delivery with senior and mid-level business and engineering partners on multi-year transformative technology implementations. Rahul is an analytical thinker with a customer-first mindset experienced working cross-functionally in matrixed organizations.


  • Columbus Consulting – Nike  
    • Assisted in implementing O9 Solutions integrated Digital Demand sensing solution by establishing a QA/QE framework and setting up an effective reporting framework using Jira and Xray. 
  • Five Below  – Sr. Director, Product Management: Merch Management, MP&A, Inventory Management & Advanced Analytics
    • Led the implementation of Oracle 19 Retail, RESA (Sales Audit), RMS (Stock ledger/Inventory Control), RPM (Pricing and Promotional Management), RTM (Global Trade Management including Item and Master Data Management and PO Management) and REIM (Accounts Payable/Invoice Match).  
    • Led the transformation of Store Inventory Management, defining new processes and implementing Manhattan’s new cloud-based Omni Active (MAO) platform
    • Led the solution architecture enabling omni capabilities Buy Online, Pickup in Store and Ship from Store ensuring all back-end systems across Planning and Allocations, Inventory Control, Inventory Accounting and Sales Audit supported the business requirements
    • Led the MDM process transformation, design and implementation of  Bamboo Rose as a Vendor Portal for Item and PO Management and its interplay with Oracle ERP for Item, Merch Hierarchy, Locations, suppliers, item attributes, alternate hierarchies, location attributes, etc.
    • Implemented SAS Viya’s Analytics Demand Forecasting platform to drive in-season planning and allocations. 
  • The Gap, Inc.  – Director, Product Management: Merchandise Management, MP&A, Inventory Management & Advanced Analytics
    • Led the design and  implementation of multiple systems across core merchandising, pricing, planning, forecasting and data and analytics


  • Inventory Management
  • Merchandise/Assortment/Item Planning 
  • Allocation
  • Forecasting & Replenishment
  • Pricing Lifecycle Management
  • Master Data Management
  • Account Payable
  • Sales Audit


  • IT Roadmap
  • Business Requirements
  • Process Re-engineering
  • Solution Architecture
  • Buy v Build Analysis
  • Vendor Selection
  • Functional Design (Custom)
  • System Configuration (Package)
  • Integration Strategy
  • Project Delivery
  • Retail Consultant


  • Nike
  • Five Below
  • The Gap, Inc.

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