DAN MCCLENNAN, Senior Site Manager

Central region – The PA UoW

Having been with Hawkins for over 20 years Dan McClennan has a story or two to tell about working for New Zealand’s leading construction company. We caught up with him to find out more about starting out as an apprentice and working his way up to a Senior Site Manager (via a short stint overseas) and the changes he has seen within the company over the years. Dan, over to you!

1. How long have you worked for Hawkins and why did you decide to accept a role with the company?

I started with Hawkins as a labourer in 1999 and took on an apprenticeship in 2000. Aside from a 4-year stint overseas from 2005to 2009, I have worked my way through the ranks to my current role as a Senior Site Manager.

Having originally completed a pre-trade mechanical course, I was taken on temporarily by Hawkins as a Labourer in 1999 until I found a mechanic apprentice. However, after working on-site, I decided that a career in construction provided more opportunities for progression and made a choice to change career paths. The rest is history.

2. What does your current role involve?

My role is pretty varied but primarily involves client and consultant design, document coordination, and the planning and monitoring of both Hawkins and subcontractor works to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget.

3. What are the main things you enjoy about working for Hawkins?

We have a great team culture! Hawkins embraces collaborative work environments and while at times projects can test our patience, the teams always have each other’s backs and go the extra mile to support each other, both in and out of work.

I have so many great memories and stories from my time at Hawkins along with forming lifelong friendships and mentors along the way.

4. How has Hawkins encouraged you to progress in your career?

I left school with no formal qualifications, however, since starting my apprenticeship I have gained a number of NZQA qualifications and pages of industry training certificates. Hawkins is dedicated to upskilling all their workforce, investing in us as individuals and as future leaders of the industry.

5. Outside of work what keeps you busy and how does Hawkins help support your work/life balance?

If you were to ask my workmates, they would say my favourite pastime is being on ACC. I seem to have a severe lack of skill remaining on a pushbike while descending downhills, or keeping my old bones together while participating in sack races with my kids…

It’s easy to let projects consume you at times, however, I have always found that Hawkins support and helps their teams to maintain a good work/life balance.

6. What is your favourite project you’ve worked on and why?

After being with Hawkins for over 20 years I have worked on projects that range from fit-outs to greenfield developments. I think for all construction workers, every project that you work on holds a special place in your heart, there is an immense amount of pride in driving around your hometown and pointing out to your friends and family the projects you and your team have created.

7. What has surprised you about working at Hawkins?

Their commitment to us as people, not just as employees. While the projects test our abilities from time to time, it’s the people and great work environment that keep us here.

8. For people who are thinking about joining the construction industry, what would you say?

If you’re looking for a career that surrounds you with great people, challenges you physically and mentally and provides you with the opportunity to grow, then jump in headfirst. If you’re looking for a Monday – Friday, 9-5 job, then this may not be the right industry for you.

9. What’s next for your career?

For me, I think it’s to make sure that I keep challenging myself and maintain the passion I have for the industry which in turn will help me to both inspire and mentor our future leaders.