Recruitment consultancy serving Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire

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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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Product Merchandiser
32K to 34K

Our client is looking for an experienced Merchandiser to manage the stock of all footwear and accessories in our business. This will include the stock for our wholesale, retail stores and internet business and will involve working closely with our supply chain as well as our own UK factory. A key part of the role is the analysis and reporting to senior management of stock and selling performance across the business. The role will also involve attending monthly and ad-hoc meetings in London as well as occasional overseas travel. Reporting to the General Manager, you will be responsible for proposing and placing orders of completed footwear and accessories for our wholesale, retail stores and web business with our suppliers and our own UK factory. Ensuring all supplier orders are correctly prioritised with the factories and ensure the required products are being made required to fulfil our sales orders in order to meet customer delivery windows in plenty of time and to ensure the required stock is available when needed for our stores and website. Minimising freight costs for overseas supplies. Making sure that stock is being correctly allocated to the wholesale, retail and web inventories on the computer system and making amendments where necessary. Monitoring and reporting of all stock levels to senior management. Analysis and reporting of selling performance for wholesale, web and store stocks to management, including proposals for clearance. Ensuring our six stores and website have adequate stocks of the correct product at all times. Attending monthly meetings in London showroom and regular visits to the London stores. Helping to co-ordinate and reconcile twice yearly stock counts for main warehouse and retail sites. At least two visits to the Indian factories each year. Ensuring UK made product is being allocated correctly to the website and stores. Key Skills - Excellent data analysis skills using Microsoft Excel and other software - Strong business awareness - Flexible attitude and being able to adapt easily to changes and new projects / challenges - Advanced Microsoft Excel skills - Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - Confidence in communication with senior management and suppliers - Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines - Reliable and consistent - Organised and methodical - Team player If you are interested please apply today! Due to the large volume of applications I receive for my roles, unfortunately I cannot respond to every application. However, I will come back to you within 24 hours if I can arrange an interview for you with my client. Please do not be despondent if I don’t call you about this role - I will be doing my best for you behind the scenes

Warehouse Manager
25K to 28K

My client is looking for an experienced Warehouse Manager to take on the sole day to day responsibility for the warehouse, including - Ensuring stock is organised efficiently and rotated correctly - Management of warehouse staff - Responsibility for printing packing lists generated by the sales office and ensuring all deliveries are made when required. - Ensuring all deliveries are made in accordance with the customer’s specific requirements - Liaising with the customer’s distribution centres. - Ensuring that all deliveries are processed on the courier despatch systems correctly - Regular meetings with Carriers to negotiate rates If this sounds like you, then I would really appreciate you sending your CV asap! Due to the large volume of applications I receive for my roles, unfortunately I cannot respond to every application. However, I will come back to you within 24 hours if I can arrange an interview for you with my client. Please do not be despondent if I don’t call you about this role - I will be doing my best for you behind the scenes

Buyer- Construction
£17000 - £25000

Due to continued growth, my client, a national organisation are looking for a construction buyer to join their team based in their office in Northamptonshire. Job Responsibilities: Assist in planning and executing timely category reviews. Support the negotiation of competitive cost prices and trading terms with suppliers on request from the Category Buyer. Successfully maintain and develop relationships with suppliers in support of company objectives. Ensure that all outstanding orders for suppliers are quickly resolved accurately and efficiently, offering support to operational colleagues when requested. Develop strong working relationships with cross-functional peer groups, with particular emphasis on close and effective working relationships with Operations, Supply Chain and Sales colleagues.. Ensure effective and timely communication of relevant category and product specific information, taking pro-active ownership in ensuring that field colleagues are aware of latest product information and requirements. Ensuring priorities and key deadlines are met. Create and manage logging system to ensure all nominated suppliers are transferred to electronic ordering on an ongoing basis. Ensure all invoice queries for nominated suppliers are quickly resolved in a timely manner. Process material requisitions and core business purchases in a timely and efficient manner ensuring that the authorisation protocol is followed. Make sure communication lines are upheld throughout the process. Ensure internal systems are updated with correct pricing information continuously Experience/Knowledge/Skills Required: Numerate with an innate ability to interpret data quickly and act upon it. The ability to negotiate and engage positively with internal and external stakeholders, including suppliers. An ability to use verbal and written communication clearly and accurately Competencies: Positive, pragmatic attitude. An ability to hold your own within a high challenge/high support culture. Creative, tenacious, proactive and with an attention to detail. The ability to influence internal and external stakeholders when required, both independently and under the guidance of the Category Buyer. Good verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of raw materials/construction would be advantageous. My client offers lots of opportunity and will be offering a starting salary of between £17-25k dependent on experience plus a great benefits package.

E-Procurement Administrator
£18000 - £25000

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a strong administrator to join a growing, blue chip organisation based in Northamptonshire. As the E-Procurement administrator your responsibilities will be: To obtain and enter information into tender and project specific templates To set up mew sub-contractor and supplier accounts To receive and issue tender documentation in a timely manner To update and revise information during the tender period as required To chase sub contractors and supplier to ensure sufficient quotations are received To provide timely comparative assessments to the business for decision making purposes. Ideally you will have: Solid IT skills (particularly in Excel) Strong administration skills Be a resilient character Great communication skills This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, driven person to join a growing organisation who offer lots of opportunity. This brilliant position is offering a salary between £18-25k dependent on experience.

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An important interview question - and how to answer it!

Interviews can take many different formats but perhaps one of the most important questions is Why should we hire you? Other variations can include Why are you the best candidate for the job? and What would you bring to the position? This question gives you the chance to set yourself apart from the other candidates and how well you answer it could make the difference between whether youre successful or not in securing the job. Even if your interviewer doesnt ask you this question directly, you should make sure you have an answer prepared and be looking for ways to communicate this throughout the interview process. Why interviewers ask this question In most cases you will find that once a candidate gets to interview, they will be qualified to do the job. The interviewer is looking to hire the person who is the best one for the job. Their choice could reflect very well on them if their chosen person performs well. Equally, their professional reputation could be at risk if they make the wrong decision and the candidate performs badly, doesnt fit in well with the team, leaves the job too soon etc.). With this in mind, as an interviewee its your job as to convince the interviewer that:

  • Youre capable of doing the work and will deliver excellent results
  • Youll fit in well with the rest of the team
  • You have skills and experience that set you apart from the others
  • Hiring you will make their life easier
How to answer Ideally you should have ready a summary of three of four of the best reasons to hire you, ideally with examples to back this up. This is an opportunity to highlight your most impressive strengths, making sure you tailor these to the requirements of the job description. This could include: Key accomplishments
  • Relevant industry experience
  • Technical skills which will add value to the role
  • Any awards you have achieved
  • Experience in performing similar duties
  • Soft skill
Setting yourself apart Every salesperson quickly learns that one of the key techniques to achieving success is being able to put yourself in the shoes of the other person. An interview is no different. You need to try and understand what will be important from the perspective of the interviewer and demonstrate how you meet this criteria. Review the job spec and pick out the areas where you really shine. Ask yourself what makes you different from a typical candidate? In the first instance, have a brainstorm of all your selling points and note everything down. Once youve done this, pick out the top 3-4 bullet points that are most relevant to the role. For each selling point, make sure you have an example or explanation to put this into context. For example, if your selling point is that youre highly organised, make sure you have an example ready of when youve had to be very organised this will give your pitch much more weight. Practice makes perfect Its a good idea to make sure you are able to explain each of your chosen selling points concisely. Take some time to familiarise yourself with your chosen bullet points and make sure you can confidently talk about them, making sure you cover the key points that you want to make. Practice talking about them to help your answer flow easily. To make the best first impression youll need to come across as confident and enthusiastic in your answers. In many cases less experienced candidates are still able to succeed at interview through showing the right attitude and the motivation and determination to succeed. When youre answering questions, try and incorporate your personality so the interviewer gets a feel for you as a person as well as your skills and experience. Finally, if the interviewer doesnt ask you why youre the best candidate for the job, its still worth looking for an opportunity to deliver your sales pitch. This could be if youre asked about your strengths or even if you have any questions at the end of the interview. By making this preparation you should be in a strong position to present a compelling case to an employer about why you could be their next superstar.        

Temp of the month winner announced

Congratulations to Matt Eager, winner of September's IMServ Temp of the month competition. Matt can now treat himself to something nice with the Amazon vouchers he's won! Matt (right) is pictured here with AscendantTemporaries Consultant James Cooke (left).


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