Niranjan K Gururaja, Product Manager in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
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Niranjan K Gururaja

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Location
Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
Toptal Member Since
April 6, 2022

Niranjan has extensive experience in working with and influencing internal and external decision-makers. Biased toward positive action, He has built teams and processes focusing on business objectives, goals, and continuous improvement. With a proven track record of delivering business value, Niranjan will be an invaluable asset to any company.

Project Highlights

Track and Trace
Solved clients' inventory challenges by creating an innovative solution. Its three main components are used in the factory, field force, and warehouse operations.
POS Practice
Assisted in establishing the POS practice as part of a retail unit.
Tracking of Inventory for Cloud Kitchens
Built an inventory solution for Cloud Kitchens, offering multiple restaurants through a single location. Introduced barcoding to enable smoother operations.

Expertise

Work Experience

Head of Product

2019 - PRESENT
Vidita Solutions
  • Created a suite of products to improve the operations of a small and medium-sized business (SMB).
  • Built teams and processes focused on business objectives, goals, and continuous improvement. Headed product development from ideation to implementation.
  • Pinpointed a key problem of tracking and tracing products. Developed a solution that identified raw materials used, processes undergone, operators involved, storage facilities, transport stations, and finally, how products reached consumers.

Group Project Manager

2019 - 2022
Infosys
  • Worked with retail clients and oversaw programs, people, and deliverables for point-of-sale (POS) programs.
  • Received the "Best Business Focus Initiative" award for the POS practice that I had co-founded.
  • Implemented critical programs across continents in collaborations with leading retailers.
  • Created partnerships and alliances with POS vendors. Built competency, established thought leadership, and expanded our presence in non-US markets.

Program Manager

2013 - 2016
Infosys
  • Managed a multi-year program for a leading art and craft retailer with a total contract value (TCV) of more than $75M over five years.
  • Oversaw services provided by IT functions in all lines of business (LOB), including stores, business analytics, supply chain, and marketing.
  • Worked as a single point of contact (SPOC) for customer and Infosys management program. Established the team, oversaw the transition from a competitor, and provided consulting, development, and support services.

Service Delivery and Project Manager

2008 - 2013
Infosys
  • Worked as a service delivery and project manager on a project that involved deployment, enhancement, maintenance, and support of applications deployed in stores.
  • Managed and monitored performance. Reviewed and reported project status.
  • Established and grew the team to include more than 75 people.

Analyst

2000 - 2008
Infosys
  • Collaborated with leading retailers in the US, helping them plan and manage inventory.
  • Worked on multiple supply chain programs and merchandizing solutions.
  • Participated in developing a planning system that included line planning, assortment planning, and size analytics for a leading designer cloathing company.

Track and Trace

Solved clients' inventory challenges by creating an innovative solution. Its three main components are used in the factory, field force, and warehouse operations.

The need to track a producer, i.e., a supplier who has delivered raw materials, storage, employees, equipment, facilities, and transfer from a retailer to customers, is necessary today. Also, traceability initiatives must comply with regulatory mandates. We developed a solution to enable our clients to solve their inventory challenges.

POS Practice

Assisted in establishing the POS practice as part of a retail unit.

I oversaw blueprinting, assessing, shortlisting, and finalizing a POS solution for an Australian telecommunication company. Also, I assessed POS solutions and managed a POS replacement program for a UK luxury retailer. Finally, I developed a dual POS strategy for a US retailer and introduced VAT for a few mid-east retailers.

Tracking of Inventory for Cloud Kitchens

Built an inventory solution for Cloud Kitchens, offering multiple restaurants through a single location. Introduced barcoding to enable smoother operations.

This solution handles accurate inventory at central kitchens and points of delivery (PODs) at a batch and item level. Kitchens ship inventory to PODs that, in turn, manage multiple brands on aggregators. PODs are also expected to complete a physical inventory list every evening. I designed a solution that handles more than 10,000 transactions in a day with PODs spread through different locations.
1996 - 2000

Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering

Manipal Institute of Technology - Manipal, India

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