Boyer adds ERP project manager to consulting team

Saira Kaizad brings experience in ERP project management, operations and solution architecture

 

Boyer & Associates is pleased to welcome a new project manager to our team. Saira (pronounced Sigh-ra) Kaizad will serve as the company’s ERP project manager as well as a solution architect.

project manager Saira Kaizad

Kaizad brings a wealth of experience in project management, operations and solution architecture.

“Project management is for lack of a better term my bread and butter,” Kaizad said. “Every new opportunity I had they needed project management in one form or another.”

She’s managed several enterprise projects throughout her career, often juggling up to 20 at a time. She said most of her employers have had growth spurts that required them to rethink processes to keep up with their growing business.

She’s looking forward to helping Boyer & Associates improve processes and learning more about the ERP systems that the company implements.

“Overall I want to add value to the organization and I think given my history and my experience I do have a lot to offer to Boyer, and I’m really looking forward to bringing that to the table and being an asset,” she said.

Kaizad was born and raised in Pakistan. She moved to the U.S. in January 2002 with plans to attend the University of Houston in Texas to supplement her bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in Islamabad. Instead, she landed a job opportunity with a small but growing computer services company near Houston.

“They had a need, I fit the need and it was a match made in heaven from there,” she said.

Her many ERP projects have taken her all over the U.S., and she said she’s “been very lucky to work with some incredible clients.”

One of her favorites was U.S. icon and motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson, based in Wisconsin. She worked on an environmental health and safety project for the company and was impressed with the leadership team, most of whom were women.

“They are an amazing group of people,” she said. “They have an incredible team of women in leadership.” The company’s diverse mix of female leaders and burly workers on the manufacturing floor made for a unique work culture, she added.

She also worked with a family-owned company in Florida that was experiencing a transformation from its humble start in breaking apart and reselling aircraft parts. The company was in the process of implementing Dynamics NAV and changing its organizational structure, both of which caused some tension for the founding family.

“(I) had to kind of walk a fine line in making sure some of the egos remained intact while bringing them into the 21stcentury so to speak,” she said. “There were a lot of good lessons learned from it.”

“Overall I want to add value to the organization and I think given my history and my experience I do have a lot to offer to Boyer, and I’m really looking forward to bringing that to the table and being an asset.” — Saira Kaizad, new ERP project manager

Kaizad enjoys the challenge. She said every ERP project has its own unique challenges, and learning to problem solve based on the needs of a specific company — and its individuals — has been a great learning opportunity for her.

“There’s always something new that you learn and you really get to know people,” she said. “Every individual is so unique not only in their working style but in their personal preferences.”

She’s always had a good rapport with her clients and a natural problem-solving ability. Plus, she loves learning more about each person.

“You have to be on your toes when you’re working with these individuals and you’re trying to solve the challenges that they face on a day-to-day basis with their work,” she said.

Kaizad’s philosophy is to keep a keen eye out for potential project issues and work early to try to circumvent them. “If you work towards avoiding it (ahead of time), you save a lot of heartache and time and money,” she said.

Regarding Boyer and its team, Kaizad is impressed. “Everybody is so professional and that’s a breath of fresh air,” she said. “It makes my job a lot easier.”

A Second Homeland

As for her homeland, Kaizad loves the U.S. but does miss aspects of Pakistan.

“I definitely miss the people, and I miss the food of course. Asians are big food people,” she said.

One notable difference between life in Pakistan and the U.S. is the ability for a single woman to travel alone after dark, Kaizad said. Her job entails a lot of traveling, including to remote towns throughout the U.S., and she often returns home at odd hours.

“I’d never be able to do that back at home. Things are very unstable there, and as a woman you have to be very careful,” she said.

While she enjoys being free to come and go as she pleases, she also misses the community atmosphere of life in Pakistan.

“It’s a very restrictive environment, but at the same time if you’re sick you have 20 different people taking care of you. … It’s a very community-oriented society,” she said. Rarely a day would go by in Pakistan where someone wouldn’t check in on her.

She’s noticed that people in the U.S. tend to be so busy with their own lives that they don’t reach out to each other as often. That can make for a lonely life for a single woman, she said. To make sure she has some form of community, Kaizad became part of the local Orchid Society and is active in a scuba diving group.

“Unless you’re active in that manner it’s very easy to become secluded,” she said. “I think people are just too nosey back home to allow you to become secluded.

“There’s always something new that you learn and you really get to know people. Every individual is so unique not only in their working style but in their personal preferences.” — Saira Kaizad

Despite the differences in culture, Kaizad said she’s always loved the U.S. and enjoys living here.

“This country offers so many opportunities and so much freedom. It’s refreshing to be here and be able to avail of those opportunities,” she said.

Kaizad has lived in Florida for 14 years now and has no plans to move. “The general lifestyle agrees with me,”’ she said, adding that there’s plenty to do in the Sunshine State.

When she’s not managing multiple ERP projects at work, she spends much of her free time outdoors or with Bubbles, her Bichon Frise who is almost 2 years old. Kaizad is particularly fond of orchids and will often go slogging through the Everglades to see them in their native habitat.

“When I’m not being a crazy dog lady, I’m either underwater or I’m wading through water in the swamp trying to find a specific plant so definitely a lot of craziness over here,” she said.

Want to know more about Kaizad, her life or experience? “If anybody wants to know something just ask,” she said. “There’s a lot I’ve experienced in life.”

To contact her, call 763-412-4330 or email skaizad@boyerassoc.com.