Recruitment consultancy serving Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire

Welcome to Ascendant Recruitment ...deliberately different

When it comes to choosing a recruitment consultancy, you will want to work with a company who has your best interests at heart, who truly understands your needs and will work tirelessly on your behalf. A consultancy who returns your calls, always keeps you updated and creates new opportunities. At Ascendant Recruitment, we use our insight and expertise to provide a service that is deliberately different.

Since we started in 2003, we have established a reputation as a leading recruitment agency for Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas. To find out how we can help you, please get in touch!

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Administrator - Immediate Start
£8 - £9

Immediate Start!! My client is a leading employer in Northampton and is looking for a very organised administrator to join their Resourcing team. The ideal candidate will be: A great team player Have good excel skills Be highly organised Good communicator Able to work in a fast paced environment Preferably have experience within an scheduling or resourcing role Hours of work 8am to 6pm - Monday to Friday Contract Length - Until November

Receptionist
£8.50 - £9.50

I have a fantastic opportunity on a 6-12 month fixed term contract for a receptionist to join a small team within a well-known and prestidgeous company in Milton Keynes. This role will involve; Taking calls Room/meeting bookings Process 20,000 requests per month via email or phone Dealing with all Internal requests Some video conferences will need to be arranged between UK and Switzerland. You must have; Good customer service and handling skills Hospitality or events management background essential Telephony skills You must be able to; Think on your feet Have the ability to make decisions quickly Show confidence Ability to talk to customers over the phone The hours are; Monday to Friday– Shift rotation pattern Starts 7.30, 9, 9.30 - Ends 4, 5.30, 6 – Publish shift pattern a year in advance If you have worked as a receptionist before and can commit to a contract and the shift pattern then please apply today! As a result of the volume of applicants we receive we will be unable to respond to each of you. We will endeavour to respond to successful applicants (to this role) within 24 hours of your application. To keep up to date with all of our vacancies please follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook and register with us on our own website.

Payroll and Purchase Ledger Administrator
£15000 - £17000

An exciting opportunity has arisen at a forward thinking company in Northamptonshire. My client is looking for a payroll and purchase ledger administrator to join their team. Your responsibilities will include: - Ensure all Credit cards transactions are recorded in to SAGE and chase receipts, reconcile against statements. - Enter all purchase orders to register, chase for missing ones. - Reconcile Supplier Statements to SAGE and deal with discrepancies, requesting credits where appropriate. Responsible for controlling Petty Cash and entering in to SAGE. - Analyse and maintain spread sheets on agreed costs for Management Accounts. - Liaise with Senior Management team regarding financial reporting as required. - Maintain full Suppliers information, including contacts, bank details etc. and Ensure we have agreed T & C’s for all suppliers. - Communicating with the Inland Revenue and HMRC - Printing and sending out payslips and payroll reports. - Keeping up to date with the latest payroll legislation - Compilation and submission of online PAYE returns - Maintain payment and deduction detail (system parameters and employee detail) - Compilation and submission of online PAYE returns - Periodic summary and payment request for employee and employer pension contributions - Resolves payroll discrepancies by collecting and analysing information. - Provides payroll related reports as required Ideally you will: - Have a background in Payroll & Purchase Ledger processing. - Be meticulous in terms of detail, planning and organising on a weekly and monthly basis. - Be trustworthy and behave with the highest level of integrity and professionalism - Be self-motivated and be able to work with deadlines - Seek out more work or process improvements (or even new clients) in quieter times - Strong excel skills It would be advantageous if you have previously worked on Sage. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to gain more payroll experience. Working hours are Mon- Fri 08.45am to 5.30pm (with 45 minutes Lunch). This position is offering a starting salary of £15-17k dependent on experience. If you think this is for you- apply now !

HR Advisor
to 30,000

My client is an International market leader manufacturing and retailing household brand products known to us all! Owing to maternity cover, my client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced HR Advisor to join the team. This is initially a 9 month contract with a strong possibility of extension / permanent. You will be the HR lead on all HR Generalist activities. You will report into an International HR Manager and will have end to end responsibility across a wide and varied remit including the following areas: employee relations recruitment inductions performance management pay reviews coordinate training upskilling Managers to become self sufficient HR Projects updating HR system first point of contact for pension and benefits partners first point of contact for Health and Safety partner all associated HR Administration ie contract letters, offers,   For the right candidate there is the possibility of exposure to International HR and International HR Projects.  You must enjoy working in a commercially focused environment and be able to influence complex stakeholder groups. You must have experience of using HR Systems (for example Work Day, Oracle, Peoplesoft). If you can speak German, French or Spanish this will be an advantage as the role grows, though it is not a necessity. This is a fabulous, broad based HR generalist role for a market leader with lots of potential!!   Owing to the large response, I will not be able to respond individual to each application. If you have not heard from me within 72 hours then sadly I have not been able to progress with your application on this occasion.

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Five reasons why Milton Keynes is a great place to live and work!

You might have seen the reports this week that Milton Keynes has come 5th in a survey to determine the best places in the UK to make a living . Milton Keynes is certainly on the up. In the last year the town saw the highest growth in jobs of any town or city in the UK - and the growth shows no sign of slowing! If youre thinking of moving to Milton Keynes, here are five reasons why its a great place to live and work: 1. Job opportunities: Milton Keynes has endless career opportunities on offer and has attracted some of the UKs largest employers to the area, including: Mercedes, Volkswagen, Right Move, Santander, Home Retail Group, Dominoes and Network Rail to name a few. They have all chosen to set up their headquarters in MK, not to mention hundreds of smaller, but equally great businesses. 2. Location: Milton Keynes is a popular place to live and work due to its central location and excellent transport links. You can get a train to London in just 30 minutes or travel to Birmingham in an hour. If you have a car, you only need to drive away from the hustle and bustle of Central Milton Keynes for a few minutes before youre in the countryside giving you the best of both worlds. 3. Great place for families: If you have children, Milton Keynes has so much to offer. Not only are there lots of areas of greenery and parks nearby such as Willen Lake and Emberton Park, theres lots to do indoors too. Activities in Milton Keynes include a dry slope ski centre, two cinemas (including iMAX), trampoline park, adventure golf, soft play centres, go-karting centres, bowling lanes, ice rink, theatre, indoor skydiving centrethe list goes on! Its a great place to entertain the family indoors and outdoors. 4. Traffic: People may joke about our roundabouts but we have the last laugh. Compared with most other large towns and cities, Milton Keynes is an easy place to get around by car. The stop-start traffic you experience in other areas is much less common here. If you make a wrong turn when youre driving, the easy-to-navigate grid system means youll easily find your way back again. 5. Growth: The skys the limit for Milton Keynes. With new homes and schools being built all the time and an ever increasing number of restaurants, bars and shops opening in the area, Milton Keynes is a modern and vibrant city where there is always something going on. Milton Keynes has changed beyond recognition over the last decade and now has so much to offer, whatever your age or interests may be. If youre thinking of moving here theres never been a better time to do so. If youre looking for a new job opportunity in Milton Keynes, Northampton or the surrounding areas please speak to a member of our team on 01908 200270 or register your CV here.

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Why interview a candidate when you don't have a vacancy?

Great companies know that recruiting the right people has a huge impact on the success and growth of their business. However strong their company becomes (in terms of talent) they relentlessly attract and recruit, even creating roles when necessary. We could potentially learn a great deal from the worlds best businesses and in the process greatly enhance the growth prospects of our business. Even if your business enjoys high staff retention and the thought of permanently recruiting doesnt appeal to you please read on. Its common for hiring managers to ask me the point of interviewing candidates when they dont have a position. Here are four reasons to interview candidates, even when you dont have a job: 1. Succession planning: Succession planning is the process of ensuring that employees are recruited and developed to fill each key role within the company. Succession planning is key to enable a business to thrive and grow. When one of your employees is promoted or takes on new responsibilities, youll need to make sure there is someone just as talented (if not more so) to step into their shoes! A major reason excellent employees leave their current employer is a lack of opportunity. Its often because there is no succession plan that the opportunity to progress is limited. And guess what? The reason companies dont engage in succession planning is typically because they dont have the people to slot into the gaps that would be left behind. Can you imagine Google, Coca-Cola or BMW not promoting great talent because they didnt have anyone to fill the gap?! 2. Replacing underperforming staff: Ensuring that you are always meeting potential new recruits will embolden you when it comes to replacing underperforming staff. Often underperformers are left alone because whilst their manager would like to dismiss them, they are fearful of who would pick up the workload. Anyone is better than no one is a pervasive opinion that I encounter in struggling companies. Imagine a world in which you can support underperforming people, but if ultimately they arent successful you have replacement options. How badly are underperforming employees dragging down the productivity of your company? Great employees often cite the persistent underperformance of team members, and managements reluctance to address it, as a major factor for leaving. 3. Sanity check: Another major benefit of having an on-going recruitment campaign is not simply that you might meet a future star; it may also reassure you of how good your current team really is, and that its worth investing in them for the future of your business! This is important because I think all managers have been guilty of taking their team for granted! Continually meeting new people means you dont have to lose a great team member to appreciate how good they were! Retaining your best people is the best recruitment youll ever do! 4. Sudden change:No matter how happy and talented your team is things happen that create the need to recruit quickly. A pregnancy within your team, a member of staff suddenly falling ill, an internal promotion or simply the increase in businesses that means you suddenly need talent and quickly! Whatever the reason, having a pipeline of talented candidates who can swiftly step in and hit the ground running will save your business a huge amount of time and money. It provides your clients with the confidence to entrust you with bigger and bigger projects and should you have the odd employee who is liable to coast, knowing youre always meeting their potential replacement may help their focus!!

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