Recruitment agency serving Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas

Welcome to Ascendant Recruitment... deliberately different

We are a specialist recruiter for Milton Keynes and Northampton, providing the best quality candidates for our clients in the local area.

  • Office administrators
  • Sales administrators
  • Marketing administrators, coordinators and executives
  • HR administrators, coordinators and executives
  • Finance administrators and accounts assistants
  • IT technicians and IT support analysts
  • Warehouse assistants and warehouse operatives

 

Jobs in Milton Keynes and Jobs in Northampton 

Ascendant Recruitment are Deliberately Different. Find out why 

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Office Supervisor
22000 - 25000 per annum

Office SupervisorPermanent£22,000 - £25,000Milton Keynes You will be responsible for supervising the internal sales team and assisting the sales force with daily sales administration activities ensuring the customer demands are met and the best customer service is given at all times. In addition to the supervisory aspect of this role, you will yourself be required to assist the team with their day to day duties.The role reports directly to the Commercial Director.Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Supervising the internal Sales TeamEnsure the office is running smoothly at all timesUsing SAP, oversee the processing of orders, deliveries, invoicesManage back orders, PODs, process returns, handling export salesHandle all queries and logging all customer complaints & resolutionsMonitor staff workloads to ensure their working environment is correct according to HRProvide Support to the Sales Managers & cover to colleagues where necessaryAd hoc Administrative DutiesKey Account ManagementOverseeing office facilities - stationery, general supplies, first aid kit and tidiness of office; monitoring the cost of these expensesManaging the franking machine and ordering supplies and topping up creditDiary managementHelp organise company eventsCoordinating with Facilities Manager We are looking for someone that is: Proven experience in an administration roleSolid MS office background and intermediate ExcelEfficient and organisedEnjoys a busy role, team playerExcellent communication skillsStrong leadership skillsSAP would be desirable, as would sales order processing If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

Production & Warehouse Coordinator
Up to 13 per hour plus holiday pay

Production & Warehouse CoordinatorTemporary£12.99ph plus holiday payMilton Keynes Ascendant Recruitment is looking for an individual to join an established organisation as a Production and Warehouse Coordinator in Milton Keynes. The position will run for 3 to 3 and a half months on either a temporary basis or a fixed contract (TBC). Monday - Thursday 8.00am-16:30pmFriday 8.00am - 14:30pm Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Assisting on production lineMixing formulas to specificationData entryCounter balance forklift rolesQuality controlEnsure warehouse cleanliness is kept to high standardOrganise collections and dispatch goods as requestedAssist in simple maintenance tasksEnsure health and safety is adhered to Skills required: Hold a valid counter balance licence (test/refresher date within last 3 years) - This is essentialMechanical experience desirableStrong computer skillsExcellent communication, written and verbalBe self-motivatedGood numeracy skillsBe organised and proactive If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

Customer Service Administrator
21000 - 23000 per annum

Customer Service AdministratorTemporary (to perm)Up to £23,000Milton Keynes The Customer Service Administrator ensures that the company meets or exceed its commitments to our customers through efficient order management, effective and pro-active communication of information, and the prompt resolution of customer issues. By providing these services, Customer Service supports the businesses, and help them to attain their goals. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Receive new orders by email and record them on SAPConfirm inventory availability / safety stocksInvoicing on SAP & Government invoiceTake calls from Customers and the Sales TeamFollow up back-ordersConstant communication with Production / Purchasing / LogisticsCreate / Update new CustomersCreate / Update Prices by Customer & MaterialGenerate Credit / Debit notes - both on SAP and Government documentsHandle returns of materials We are looking for someone with:Experience in Customer Service Administration or similar positionMicrosoft Office (Excel) - IntermediateSAP working knowledgeThe ability to communicate effectively both over the phone and via emailThe ability to build strong relationshipsVery strong accuracy/attention to detailA real passion for the quality of your workA desire to work as part of a teamA 'can do' attitude and a hunger to do a great job If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

Recruitment Administrator/Receptionist
16000 - 18000 per annum Bonus

Recruitment Administrator/ReceptionistPermanent£16,000 - £18,000 plus bonusMilton Keynes As Recruitment Administrator / Receptionist you will be responsible for provide a wide range of administrative support and reception cover to an extremely busy team! The key here is that you are able to work at an extremely fast pace whilst providing exceptional administrative support with vigour and energy! Your responsibilities will include: Meet and greet visitors to the officesAnswer incoming callsEnsure that the reception area and meeting rooms are always clean and tidyGreet and administer all paperwork for candidates at all levelsUpload and amend job descriptions to all systems and websitesMange multiple inboxesAccurately scan, print and upload documentsUpdate all trackersLiaison with external and internal stakeholders You will have some commercial experience, excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to grow your career in a fast paced and highly rewarding environment. If this sounds like the role for you, apply now for more information! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

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Apprenticeships: finding a scheme that works for you

It's August, which only means one thing for thousands of young hopeful, worried and nervous teens all across the UK: GCSE results. This nail-biting, palm-sweating and hand-trembling time will either be cause for concern or cause for celebration (hopefully the latter). But fear not - it's important to remember the numerous career paths and options open to students, regardless of ones ability and skill-set. Here at Ascendant Recruitment we've used our extensive knowledge and created a blog series to help advise and encourage students and parents who may be experiencing post-GCSE anxiety. Each blog will target a specific area of employment for young people, so whether it's work experience placements or remote learning and badged courses, there are plenty of opportunities for young people who seek alternative routes to university and college. This week, we're focusing specifically on apprenticeships and why they can be an effective career path for students. To begin, let's take a look at some key statistics. In 2016 and 2017 alone, there were 491,300 apprenticeship starts in the UK. This may sound like an impressive figure, however, numbers have fallen by 18,100 when compared with the previous year. It's likely this is partially due to funding changes and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in May 2017. Recently, The Open University Business Barometer, which observes the skills landscape of the UK, revealed a major shortage in skills (within the UK labour market) and a significant deficiency this past year alone. Corporate Director of the OU, David Willett, explains that skills shortages are costing UK businesses £6.3 billion. This large figure highlights the need for more skills-based courses and schemes, such as apprenticeships. Training is key here. Employers should provide employees with adequate training to support their growth as individuals. This incentivises loyalty and progression within the business, too. Studies have shown that most apprenticeships are in the service sectors. This includes Public Health Services and Care; Business; Administration and Law; Retail and Commercial Enterprise; and Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies. The number of apprenticeship starts by women has risen significantly over the last few years. In 2016/17, 54% of apprenticeship starts were by women. So what are apprenticeships and the main benefits of practical, skills-based training? Apprenticeships are available to those who have reached the legal school-leaving age, which varies across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They both encourage and promote the development of practical (applied) skills in the workplace. Apprenticeships provide an alternative route for those who are less-academically minded and allow trainees to earn as they learn. There are three categories or levels of apprenticeship available, which reflect the trainees' skill set and qualifications. These are: Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2); Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3); and Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above). Once completed, trainees will gain a nationally-recognised qualification which are now available up to degree level and above. But what about the trainees that have graduated? What happens after the training has been completed? In our experience, recruiters are far more likely to hire an apprentice who has successfully completed their training to a high standard, as opposed to a student who has two poor A-levels under their belt. If this is something that interests you, we recommend researching apprenticeship schemes, real-life case studies or speaking to a current or past apprentice about their own experience as a trainee. Finally, although AS and A-levels may seem like natural progression from GCSE's, it's important to think carefully about your own strengths, personal interests and whether you'd be better suited to a practical training course. Although it might be tempting to take the conventional route in academia, there are a number of exceptional and well-paid apprenticeship schemes and placements in a number of sectors, that can truly kick-start your career. For more information, visit Gov.Ukor The Apprenticeship Guide for useful resources including current vacancies. If you're a university graduate and looking for guidance on graduate schemes, then see our recent Q&A for expert advice.  

REC Membership for Recruiters

Standing out from the crowd can be difficult in the recruitment industry, but I think we do it well at Ascendant Recruitment. We pride ourselves on providing a professional, friendly and reliable service to our candidates and clients. Our ethos as a business is to be deliberately different and we believe our passion to serve is what enables us to grow and expand our own client base and, in turn, continually increase the volume of excellent opportunities for the people who rely on us to find them temporary, contract or permanent work. But how do businesses credibly show their differences? How can they demonstrate the professionalism and quality of service that they offer? Recently, we were awarded recognition from The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for recruitment. REC are the spearheads for recruitment. As industry experts, they offer sound advice on a number of areas including tax, and most recently, GDPR. They provide tools, business resources, events and workshops to members to help their business grow and thrive. Increasingly clients demand more and more from their service providers. On a basic level we are here to provide our clients with talent for their organisation. But we want to do more. We want to fulfil the gap that often exists between a Recruitment Agency and a client: the all-important consultancy. Being a member of the REC adds another string to our bow by allowing us to provide up-to-date legal guidance whilst adhering to a strict Code of Professional Practice that demands of its members even more than the statute book! One example of this in practice, is that prior to its removal on 8th May 2016, Regulation 17(1)(b)(ii) of the Conduct Regulations, required a Recruitment Agency to state whether any refund or rebates were applicable in respect of their charges. Though Regulation 17 no longer applies, the REC Code of Professional Practice requires employment agencies to continue to agree terms in writing. REC represents more than 3,500 recruitment businesses and we're proud to be among these, and therefore, classed as one the best in the industry. This recognition is great for business, too, as our clients can trust that we are committed to best practice. Membership also comes with certain entitlements and benefits that can further support your business practice. This includes legal guidance, commercial risk assurance, training and qualifications and extensive research. In the run-up to the 25th May 2018, we used REC's guide on data protection rights and GDPR. This resource provided information for jobseekers on their rights as candidates including areas such as marketing, rights to object and rights to withdraw consent. The REC was invaluable whilst we coped with GDPR. We wanted to make sure that our candidates and clients were as well-informed as possible, because everyone was being inundated with requests for consents, yet few companies were able to explain what was going on! Thanks to the fantastic support from the REC, we were able to guide not only our candidates and clients through the minefield, but ourselves too. Our business environment has never been more competitive, both in terms of the volume of work we need to complete, and the volume of value add we want to offer our clients. The REC's extensive and timely legal advice allows us to operate best practice both internally and externally, without the need to spend 4-hours-a week in a solicitor's office! These are just some examples that demonstrate how and why REC membership is a valuable resource and asset to any recruitment business.Find out more about your rights around data with the REC's handy guideKnow-your-rights-Jobseekers - REC document