People, program & culture | 01 December 2021

Celebrating 10 years at Millar Merrigan with Scott McJannet

How did you start working at Millar Merrigan?

I’m probably one of the few people who had no prior connection via friends or family. Basically all good luck! In all honesty, the entire interview with Simon was basically about snowboarding, and with Mike Jordon was about golf. I’m not sure that there were any questions outside of that, very MM!

What was your first position at MM and what do you do now?

I started as a planning engineer reporting directly to Simon and being mentored by Brian Mahoney. Moved from there to design, to construction and now work as a Project or Development Manager depending on the client.

What do you like most about working for MM?

It always has and always will be a family centred business. They’ve stuck by me during tough times and are always supportive of its people. Considering we spend most of our waking lives at work it’s very fulfilling to be part of the MM family.

Considering we spend most of our waking lives at work it’s very fulfilling to be part of the MM family.

What do you see as your biggest accomplishment since joining the company?

Becoming a Chartered Engineer, and also being entrusted by clients to run all components of larger and larger projects.

What is the one thing you wish you knew before working here?

Uni focuses on numbers, workplaces focus on people.

What advice would you give a young engineer when starting a career in Land Development?

It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you convey your message and the relationships you form, that’s what gets results.

What has been your biggest lesson learned over the past 10 years?

The process/procedure is there for a reason 😊

“What does the permit say” – Jamie Kenyon

Also putting yourselves in their shoes, when speaking to people.

In what ways has MM changes over the past decade?

Certainly it has grown in size considerably, and certainly the scale and range of projects we are capable of doing in house has increased dramatically.

What is your biggest hope for the next decade at MM? How do you expect it to grow?

I think innovation and sustainability (in particular energy) is going to steer in the direction of renewables heavily, particularly with the government targets being set. This will mean lots of government grants and a new set of parameters for development. Something we need to make sure we are up to date with.

What advice would you give someone just starting out at MM?

Don’t feel you are pigeon-holed into one department. Moving about the place and working/experiencing other areas of the business will help you to do your job better.

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