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

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

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.


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


2000 - 2008
  • 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


Slack, Jira, Zoom, Figma, ETL


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Twilio, Blockchain


Agile, Requirements Analysis, Agile Project Management, Agile Product Management, Testing, Scrum, Agile Software Development, Change Management, Design Thinking, Data Product Management

Industry Expertise

Food, Banking & Finance


IT Management, New Products, Stakeholder Management, Vendor Management, Business Requirements, Product Requirements Documentation (PRD), Databases, Business to Business (B2B), Solution Architecture, Product Roadmaps, Product Management, Mobile UX, Sprint Planning, Product Design, User Experience (UX), Roadmaps, Technical Requirements, SQL, Product Owner, Business Analysis, User Requirements, Project Management, Product Support, Customer Success, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Product Vision, Client Services, Web App Development, Proof of Concept (POC), Market Research & Analysis, Value Proposition, Backlog Management, POS, Functional Requirements, Retail & Wholesale, System Requirements, Inventory Management Systems, Process Flows, Implementation, Customer Experience, Customer Service, Team Management, Quality Assurance (QA), QA Testing, Scrum Product Owner, End-to-end Implementation (E2E), Discovery Workshops, Customer Support, Dashboards, B2B, Web Applications, User Stories, IT Business Analysis, Reporting, User Interviews, SaaS Product Management, Wireframe to Product, Program Management, System Integration, Project Timelines, Technical Business Analysis, Technical Project Management, Supply Chain, Data Analysis, Software Requirements Specifications (SRS), Systems Analysis, Customer Journeys, Journey Mapping, Consulting, Presentations, Sales Presentations, Value Proposition Design, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Feature Analysis, Integration, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Strategy, Vision Development, Pitch Decks, Strategic Initiatives, Use Cases, Flow Diagrams, Project Planning, Project Reporting, Team Leadership, Staffing, Remote Team Leadership, Call Centers, SMS, Analytics, MVP Design, Requirements, Technical Recruiting, Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Information (RFI), Mobile/Web Project Management, Inventory Management, Web & Mobile Applications, Product Operations, Project Coordination, Enterprise Software, Customer Service Support, SOP Development, User Flows, Process Improvement, Microsoft Office, Inventory, MySQL, Software Development, Version Control, Software Engineering, Requirements & Specifications, Direct to Consumer (D2C), Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Microsoft PowerPoint, Data Reporting, Analytical Thinking, Process Ownership, Front-end Development, Scope, Project Delivery, Engineering, ERP Implementation, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Communication, Product Analytics, Business Process Analysis, Stakeholder Interviews, Web Development, Critical Thinking, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Product Delivery, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Product Discovery, Startups, Early-stage Startups, Web Scraping, Technical Writing, Documentation, Marketing, SaaS, SaaS Product Marketing, Fleet Management, Grocery Delivery, Mobile Applications, New Product Development, Product Strategy, Booking Apps, eCommerce, Data Analytics, Head of Product, Booking, Travel, Product Leadership, Mobile Apps, Product Launch, Videos, Market Research, iOS, Android, APIs, Technical Product Management, Cloud, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Order Management, Management Consulting, Innovation, Product Ownership, Financial Accounting, Release Management, Feature Prioritization, CRM Systems, Software as a Service (SaaS), Transformational Leadership, Business Intelligence (BI), Agile Leadership, Booking Systems, Travel Product Manager, Manufacturing, Merchandising, Microsoft Dynamics, API Integration, Dashboard Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Business Strategy, UML Diagrams, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Vendor Selection, WhatsApp, B2B Product Management, Enterprise SaaS, Feature Roadmaps, User Research, Platforms, Mobile App Development, Digital Transformation, User Feedback, Automation Tools, Process Automation, Management Systems, Digital Product Management, Business to Consumer (B2C), Objectives & Key Results (OKRs), Coaching, Cross-departmental Collaboration, Iteration Management, Startup Funding, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Loyalty Programs, JavaScript, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Sales, Project Consultancy, ROI, Internet of Things (IoT), Competition Research, User Interface (UI), FMCG, Risk Management, API Documentation, Business, Content Management Systems (CMS), Business Analytics, Business Planning, Economics, Strategic Partnerships, Continuous Improvement, Thought Leadership, People Management, IT Projects, Chief Product Officer (CPO), COO, Design, Salesforce, Oracle Retail, UX Wireframes, Python, Product Marketing, Lean Six Sigma, IoT Protocols, SAP, Legal, Investor Presentations, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Decentralized Systems

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