Recruitment agency serving Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire

Welcome to Ascendant Recruitment... deliberately different

If you’re looking for a high quality recruitment service that is friendly, professional and reliable, then you’ve come to the right place!

When it comes to choosing a recruitment agency, you will want to work with a company who:

  • Has your best interests at heart
  • Takes the time to understand your needs and works tirelessly on your behalf 
  • Returns your calls and always keeps you updated

At Ascendant Recruitment, we use our insight and expertise to provide a service that is deliberately different.

Since we started in 2003, we’ve established a reputation as a leading independent recruitment agency for Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas. During this time we've:

  • Helped over 300 local employers find talented new employees
  • Placed over 2,000 people into permanent jobs
  • Placed over 5,000 people into temporary roles
  • Maintained a 90% client retention rate

We're also proud of the fact that over 96% of the candidates we place into permanent roles pass their probationary period.

We have 5 specialist recruitment divisions: Office Support, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Accountancy and Logistics.

Our offices are in Milton Keynes and Northampton and we recruit within the surrounding areas.

So whether you’re a job seeker looking for an exciting new opportunity or an employer looking for new talent for your team, please get in touch!


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Accounts Assistant
10ph plus holiday pay

Ascendant Recruitment are working closely with a national company whose finance functions operate from the Kingston Area of Milton Keynes. Our client is recruiting an experienced Accounts Assistant to join their small team on a temporary to permanent basis with an immediate start. The ideal candidate MUST have recent experience of using the system Sagline 50 or Saageline 100 confidently as there will be no system training given for this role. This is a temporary to permanent opportunity and providing the standard probationary period has been met, the successful candidate will be made permanent within the first six months. The salary for this role is £10ph plus holiday pay whilst temping and then between £21Kpa - £23Kpa dependant upon the probationary period. Role Requirements: Run daily bank statements from the on-line bank system and post on to SAGE Ensure banking is done regularly and posted on to SAGE Bank reconciliations performed weekly/monthly on SAGE To receive supplier invoices for stocks & expenses and process for approval and post on to SAGE Check Supplier Statements as received and deal with queries to resolution& file Recommend supplier payments according to company timetables Preparation of supplier payment and remittance advices and schedule to Financial Controller and for final approval on NatWest Bank To liaise with Despatch & stock department To ensure all expenses claims received from engineers, managers and other staff are processed and posted to SAGE To process & post on to SAGE the credit card statements To ensure payments to HMRC are done monthly on time To allocate cash/bank receipts from customers on to SAGE To liaise with customers and deal with queries to resolution All nominal/journal postings on to SAGE To assist during month end management accounts To assist with year-end statutory accounts Raising invoices Checking against Purchase Orders Please apply today! Due to the high number of quality roles we are working upon, we may not be able to call you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible, and if you are shortlisted by our client we will call you within 48 hours. If you do not receive a call please do not be despondent, typically only one candidate can be successful per role! Please apply for any future roles in the same way. Good luck!

Credit Controller - 12 Month Contract
18K - 21Kpa

Ascendant Recruitment are working closely with a company based in Central Milton Keynes. Due to maternity leave our client is looking to recruit a Credit Controller for a 12 month contract to start mid October. Salary is negotiable dependant upon experience between £18K - £21Kpa. Role Requirements: Accounts Receivable To set up new credit accounts & maintain customer records in JD Edwards, recommending credit limits To maintain a very low % of overdue accounts through systematic chasing by phone, email and formal letter To allocate daily customer receipts To process credit and debit card payments To process and upload daily customer-initiated direct debit receipts To release orders from hold (where justified) & work with Sales to keep accounts ship-able To determine repayment plans or pursue payment of debts, if necessary and after internal agreement, through the courts To ensure monthly delinquency fees are invoiced To ensure automated dunning letters and monthly statements are run and dispatched To escalate credit issues to line manager in a timely manner and resolve internal and external queries in a timely manner General Accounts To invoicing all Sundry Sales - monthly services billings, raise marketing invoices/credits and match off To prepare weekly reports for the Sales Representatives, e.g. aged debt, open receivables and risk accounts To run and distribute monthly reports to management To carry out bank and other reconciliations To complete credit references for Customers on behalf of other companies To assist with 3-way matching of vendor invoices Customer Service To provide excellent Customer Service to all customers regardless of the size of the account Please apply today! Due to the high number of quality roles we are working upon, we may not be able to call you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible, and if you are shortlisted by our client we will call you within 48 hours. If you do not receive a call please do not be despondent, typically only one candidate can be successful per role! Please apply for any future roles in the same way. Good luck!

Christmas warehouse operative required
£7.20 - £7.90

We are recruiting for Various warehouse Christmas temps We have immediate start positions available Various hours and shifts available Excellent opportunity to earn some Monday No experience required full training provided Experience in any of the following; goods in/ goods out, stock control, production, machine operators, fork lift driving would be a advantage Please call or email Gemma for more information on the various roles we have at present.

Purchase Ledger Clerk
£18000 - £20000

Salary up to £20K. Full-time, Permanent Main Responsibilities Accurate management of designated supplier accounts, including timely review of items posted by sites, to minimise errors and ensure correct payments made Process invoices against purchase orders for Head Office budgets Process maintenance and repairs invoices received via a payment file from an external agency Process multi site invoices in line with reporting deadlines and liaise with sites as necessary Payment routines generated and controlled in line with company procedures (as required) Run period end reports for accounts payable The successful candidate will have experience in a Purchase Ledger and Sales ledgers, and have the ability to perform Pivot Tables and vLookups. Experience using Sage Line 50 accountancy software would be an distinct advantage.

Latest Insights

Job interview coming up? How to make sure you dress to impress!

If you have an interview coming up, you'll no doubt have lots to think about and prepare. Once you've done your research and put in the preparation, you should be feeling more confident. And while you're making sure you're full of knowledge on the inside, it's important to remember to take care of your appearance on the outside. Not only will this help make a positive impression on your prospective employer, you should find that it gives you a confidence boost too.

First impressions count

Your appearance can have a big impact on the way you're perceived by an employer. They are likely to make assumptions about your self-confidence and self-care based on your clothes, hair, shoes, nails etc. By making the right first impression, the hiring manager or recruiter is likely to be more open to listening to what you have to say. However, if you make the wrong first impression it will be very difficult to overcome later on in the interview. When a hiring manager is interviewing you, they will be trying to visualise whether they can imagine you being part of their team and a suitable representative for their company. Projecting the right image will help you achieve this.

How to dress for an interview

If you have an interview coming up, here are some top tips on how to dress: Invest in a new outfit: If you have interviews coming up and you've not bought a new suit or smart outfit recently then it could be a good idea to invest in a new one. Make sure you choose an outfit that fits you well and makes you feel great. Looking your best will also help you feel your best. Echo the company dress code: What you choose to wear for an interview may vary according to the type of company you're interviewing with. For example, employees of a large corporate company are likely to have a more formal dress code than a creative agency. If the organisation has a casual dress code it's often a good idea to wear a smart co-ordinating outfit rather than a suit. However, casual clothing such as jeans and trainers should be avoided, even if these are typically worn by the staff. If you're unsure, you can always take a look on the company website and social media sites to gauge what the typical dress code is and try to echo this as much as possible to show them that you fit in. If you're interviewing through a recruitment agency it could be a good idea to speak to your consultant about what they would recommend. Be smart in appearance: Double check that your interview outfit is free from unwanted pet hair, deodorant marks, loose threads, straining buttons and that tights are not laddered. Don't forget, your appearance includes accessories too! Handbags and briefcases should be smart and documents organised so you can easily retrieve anything that you may need for your interview. Jewellery should be subtle and kept to a minimum so it doesn't detract from the rest of your appearance. Make sure you're well groomed: Men should be clean-shaven or have their beards etc. closely trimmed. Fingernails should be clean and hair should be neat and tidy - if it is long you may prefer to tie it back. These things may all sound very obvious but when you have so many things to think about, it's not uncommon for some of them to be overlooked!

Putting it all together

It's often difficult to be objective about the first impression you are likely to make. If you're not sure and there is someone you trust to offer objective advice it could be a good idea to speak to them. If you're still unsure another idea is to get advice from a personal shopper in a department store - this service is usually free and could give you some ideas of which outfits suit you best. By taking the time to work on your personal image, you'll help create a positive impression to your prospective employer of someone who is capable, confident and will fit well into their organisation, taking you one step closer to landing that perfect job. We've teamed up with T.M.Lewin to provide you with a handy infographic on Cracking Office Dress Codes. tmlewin_-infographic

Thank you Liz

Thanks to our candidate, Liz Wright, who popped into the office today with a present for David and James. Liz has been temping for us for the last two years and has now been found a permanent role by Carrie from our Northampton office. Thanks to Liz for all her hard work, we wish you all the best in your new role.

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