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Senior Production Planner

The Senior Production Planner is responsible for purchasing established production parts, vendor monitoring and control and continual cost reduction within standard costs and departmental budget. Being the key liaison between production and all other departments to ensure consistency and accurate production schedules.

Department: Production

Location: Gillingham (with limited travel to other locations)

Who you’ll report to;
Procurement Manager, with a dotted line to the Production Manager

What you’ll be doing:

  • Deliver the weekly production schedule by ensuring materials, components, equipment and documentation are available on time and in full
  • Responsible for component stores area ensuring availability of stock and setting clear organisation and transaction responsibilities
  • Be accountable for the purchase requests of all components brought into the business
  • Have a detailed understanding of products and processes to enable improvement
  • To be a point of contact between departments across the business such as Supply Chain, Warehouse, Production and Procurement
  • To be the superuser of MRP, responsible for setting and updating control parameters
  • To ensure good levels of stock accuracy and advanced planning processes are in place
  • Driving the demand planning process, ensuring min/max levels are correctly set and lead times are being monitored continuously to drive supplier delivery performance
  • Support the Procurement team in supplier visits and inspections
  • Support the business in using data to help drive decision making, rather than acting on opinions only
  • Building close relationships with internal stakeholders
  • Supporting the business with projects & inventory reduction activities
  • Support management of inventory and stock levels to meet customer requirements
  • Undertake additional duties that may be required by the organisation

Person Specification


We are looking for individuals who are highly motivated and have a passion to contribute to the success of Hochiki. In addition to this, you will possess the following:



  • Essential:
  • Desirable: Desire to undertake CIPS qualification 



  • Essential: Experience working in a MRP driven, lean manufacturing environment and responsibility of running component stores warehouse
  • Desirable:



  • Essential: Electronic products manufacturing industry experience
  • Desirable: Knowledge of production components sourcing


Technical skills

  • Essential: Excellent MS Excel skills and experience using SAP MRP


 Personal qualities

-      Excellent communication skills

-      Strong analytical skills and ability to process large amounts of data

-      Good organisational and time management skills

-      Attention to detail

-      Self-motivated with the ability to perform well under pressure, achieve goals and meet deadlines

-      A good team player able to work with minimum supervision.


To apply for this role, please send a copy of your CV to

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