Recruitment agency serving Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas

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 3,000 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.

Our specialist recruitment divisions include: Office Support, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Accountancy, IT and Warehousing & 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!


Featured jobs View All

Customer Service Advisor
21250 - 21400 per annum

Customer Service AdvisorPermanent£21,250Milton Keynes We have an opportunity for an individual with Customer Service experience to join a fantastic, professional organisation that offers career progression and a great working environment. The position is 37.5 hours per work working shifts between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Take responsibility for incoming calls, emails and queries and either answer directly or refer to other departments, taking ownership until completionBe confident to receive and respond to enquiries in other service centre areas at peak times or to provide scheduled coverUse CRM and other appropriate systems to record enquiriesCo-ordinate cross-department communications and ensure the advisory teams are up-to-date and have relevant and appropriate information with which to support enquiriesSupport the delivery of projects relevant to your departmentEnsure compliance to data security, data protection and data confidentiality policiesOccasional travel to attend training and departmental/ organisation eventsMaintain an understanding of products and services availableIn conjunction with the Events Team, assist in planning, administering and booking of eventsMake outbound courtesy calls to contact individuals in relation to services We are looking for someone with: Experienced in managing multi-channel enquiries, phone, email, online chat and social mediaStrong motivator and trainer with experience in delivering against SLA'sKeen attention to detail ensuring high standard of written and verbal workExceptional customer service skills and experienceGood IT skills, including Word and Excel, and in maintaining a complex database including CRMOrganisational, planning and administrative skillsConfident and effective communication skillsProven ability to prioritise and deliver in a fast-paced environment If selected, the interview process is a three-stage process, starting with a 10 minute telephone interview, followed by an assessment and then final interview. 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.

Procurement Coordinator
22000 - 24000 per annum

Procurement CoordinatorPermanent£22,000 - £24,000Bedford We are looking for a Business Graduate to join a busy procurement team, working directly with the Procurement Manager. Our ideal candidate will have already gained some commercial experience. This is a perfect opportunity to join a successful organisation offering development opportunities. You will work in the Bedford office the majority of the time, but some time will be spent in Milton Keynes. We need someone with a full driving licence. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Reviewing supplier agreementsConducting performance reviews with suppliersLiaising with other teams within the organisation to ensure smooth processesMaintaining the purchasing system, updating accuratelyPrice reviews with suppliersSupport to procurement projectsVarious reporting with use of Excel We are looking for someone who is: A Business Graduate with 2:1 or aboveA confident communicator, both verbally and in writingAbility to build strong relationships with colleagues and suppliers alikeEnergetic individual with a desire to achieve and succeedThat is creative, will suggest new ideasA self-starter with the ability to work independentlyWilling to travel to suppliers and other sites as requiredFull Driving License required If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to get back to you within 48 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a consultant as quickly as possible and if you are shortlisted we will aim to call you within two working days.In line with new data protection legislation, we will hold your data for 14 days, and if by that time we have not communicated and put appropriate consent in place, we will delete your data from our systems.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!

Corporate Financial Accountant
Up to 37.5kpa

An exciting opportunity has become available working for a global client with an office located in central Milton Keynes. Our client is looking for a Financial Accountant to join a very busy team managing one of their larger client accounts on a full time permanent basis. This role would be a great role for a newly qualified or part qualified person who is looking for a hands on challenging role where they can work as part of a close, solid and enthusiastic team. The Role Prepare accurate management accounts, adding value wherever possible (technical, problem solving). Schedule, supervise, and review work to ensure appropriate standards are met. Ensure effective controls are in place to ensure compliance of company policies and procedures. Ensure client deadlines & expectations are met or exceeded (client focus, managing self and others, goal/results focus). High quality service provided to all clients (client focus, attention to detail/quality). Monitor the workloads of assistant team members and provide cover where necessary. Review work undertaken by the assistant team members, providing feedback and development objectives Assist in ensuring the performance of the team is controlled and monitored against set targets and procedures. Conduct an analytical review of the P&L, variance analysis and appropriate commentary. Take responsibility for all balance sheet and payroll reconciliations. VAT returns preparation, EC sales list, P11d’s and intra stat accounts preparation Responsible for the preparation and completion of all relevant CEAPS, engagement letters, under recovery forms and billing. Responsible for identifying early any out of scope/ change management requirements and ensuring these are properly documented Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the management accounts including entries instructed by the client Demonstrate an understanding of the client’s business Train and develop the team on an ongoing basis, identifying individuals’ strengths and development areas. Ensure the team is aware of its priorities and goals, and that team members are working together to achieve these. Completion of Earnings Summaries for client’s private tax accountants to complete returns Tax equalization schedules Assistance with providing tax team information to complete P11D’s/PSA Ensuring adherence to relevant client policies regarding approval for payment of requested items Key Competencies: Ideally you will have SAP experience but this is not essential You will have a minimum of 5 years experience of working within a varied accounts role The ability to take charge and support managers with supervision when required To be Qualified or Part Qualified studying towards an accounting qualification Excellent organisational and communication skills Intermediate Excel skills

Warehouse Operatives In Ridgmont
£17000 - £19000

Ascendant Recruitment are recruiting for Warehouse Operatives based in Ridgmont. Must be flexible 5 out of 7 days Various shifts ; Monday to Friday 5am – 2pm - £8 per hour 1pm – 10pm - £8 per hour 6pm – 3pm - £8 per hour plus £1.50 night shift rate Saturday and Sundays 8am – 5pm £17,000 starting salary with a possibly to increase to £19,000 in first 3 months. Temporary to permanent Immediate starts available Job Role will include; Picking and packing Goods in and out Reach truck driving Assisting with all general warehouse duties Goods in goods out Stock control Having a strong one team approach Please call or email Gemma for more information If you are looking for an opportunity to grow in a company where hard work is rewarded and where there is potential to grow, then we would like to hear from you! Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to get back to you within 24 hours. However, your application will be reviewed by a Consultant as quickly as possible and if you are short-listed we will aim to call you within two working days. 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!

Latest Insights

Graduate Schemes: are they really worth it?

Results day is fast-approaching for hundreds of thousands of university students in the UK. It can be an incredibly stressful, nail-biting time for many, as more often than not, the final result will influence students' employment options and whether they are accepted onto certain graduate schemes and internships. In 2017, there were an impressive 14 million graduates in the UK. It's safe to say that there's a huge amount of competition when it comes to job applications, and depending on the industry itself, it can be a challenge to even get a foot in the door. Graduate schemes and internships are a great way to learn the ropes of a business and develop desirable skills and competencies that are often transferable. This week we spoke with Ascendant Recruitment's Sharan Lidder, who shared some thoughts and advice on graduate recruitment. Sharan manages Accounting and Finance roles (both permanent and temporary placements) and has been one of our Consultants since March 2017.   Q. What is your experience with graduate schemes? Sharan. I used to run the Finance Graduate scheme at my previous company, which was a really effective part of their recruitment strategy. Finance-focused schemes can be ideal once the graduate has been to university and studied finance or a finance-related degree, such as Maths or Economics). They offer a great opportunity to practically build upon your theoretical knowledge and we know that employers regard them as a breeding ground for their future leaders.   Q. In your opinion, can graduate schemes increase an individual's employability? Sharan. As described above, they can bea 'way in' for most people and clients can use it to fast-track high calibre individuals onto a management programme.We used to run it as an assessment centre which allows you to really put the graduates to the test with various tasks and interviews; and often managers in the organisation would meet with them, too.   Q.What is your opinion on unpaid (or paid) internships? Sharan. I prefer paid internships as it motivates the individual to apply themselves and put effort into their chosen field. I think the employer will get more commitment, longevity and are likely to show the individual they value their work. However, my understanding on paid internships is that the pay is often insufficient and the work can be exploitative. I would suggest graduates do their research beforehand, try websites such as Glassdoor to gain further insight into the organisation and its culture.   Q. What qualities to your clients look for when taking on a graduate? Sharan. They consider the degree classification, A level results and general calibre of a candidate i.e. communication skills, ambition and integrity etc. They like graduates who can demonstrate skills associated with emotional intelligence such as confidence, empathy, great communication and presentation skills and specific degrees that relate to the role.   Q. Are there any specific companies that offer impressive graduate schemes and packages? Sharan. There are between 30-40 established accountancy firms that offer graduate schemes for those with a 2:1 or above in Finance, Maths or Economics. They offer competitive starting salarieswitha study package where graduates can gain accountancy credentials ACCA or ACA, which are a worthy career investment. They also get invaluable training across the department allowing them to choose their final specialism, whether it be accounts, tax or auditing etc. The bigger names like VW, Network Rail and Home Retail Group tend to run their own graduate schemes and often do milkrounds at universities.   Q. Are you seeing any particular trends in terms of the type of role or industry that is popular among graduates? Sharan. We deal with many of Milton Keynes' prestigious employers, such as BSI, Rightmove, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Dentons and the ICAEW. The main areas that are desirable among graduates are entry-level customer service roles, finance and analyst roles and specific roles that may deal with engineers and technical products, so an engineering degree here is ideal. That said, a lot of graduates strive for the right company over the right position in the knowledge that great companies are likely to facilitate great learning experiences.   Q. Finally, do you have any tips for graduates when it comes to applying for their first role post-university? Sharan. Network, network, network! Connect with friends and family, and use business networking platforms, such as LinkedIn. Be proactive. All universities will have a catalogue of top companies that recruit graduates. Also sign up to recruiters, that way you'll have industry experts (who already have the contacts) actively looking for you.   Finally, don't be afraid to be assertive. I once had a graduate contact me directly with a 'sales pitch', he then sent his CV and was accepted onto the finance scheme. It can be hard to contact the bigger companies but with the SME's that you have a particular interest in, get in touch and introduce yourself - it's all great practice! We hope you've found this useful. If you're looking for further advice, there are a number of great resources and tools that can help graduates find the job they're looking for. Research is key in order to understand the application process and how to stand out in a crowd of hungry graduates. Look out for articles and publications where industry experts offer advice for graduate scheme applicants. In addition to this, find out the latest trends in recruitment and get an accurate view of what an assessment might entail. Remember: be patient and don't give up! According to Office for National Statistics, we are still seeing graduates in higher-paid and highly-skilled roles. Interestingly, their annual earnings generally reach a peak at a later age, too. It'll all pay off eventually. Finally, to all graduates awaiting their results this summer - good luck!


We're very excited to welcome Sam Poole to the teamat Ascendant Recruitment. Sam will be joining our temporary workers team and supporting me to bring a new service to Milton Keynes and Northampton. It's no secret that in recruitment, we are all fighting in a 'war for talent' - there's a huge supply of jobs out there and clients who are desperate for high quality candidates, but we are constantly struggling to match that demand with the high quality candidates we want for our client's roles. For a long time, I have felt that more could be done to support the huge number of people who want more flexible roles to work around other commitments and responsibilities in their lives - whether that's children, elderly parents or simply to create a better work-life balance. So, Ascendant Recruitment are bravely pioneering an approach to bring more flexibility in to the local area so that we are able to consistently provide the high quality candidates that our clients need, allowing us to win the 'war for talent'. Sam will work closely with me to find candidates with great skills but who haven't found the right opportunities that suit their other commitments. Once we have a great pool of candidates, we will be speaking to employers and discussing a range of flexible working options with them. I strongly believe that our role as recruitment consultants is to work closely with our clients and encourage them to view their recruitment strategies differently. I know that the London market is moving in this direction and I'm passionate about making sure Ascendant Recruitment does this for Milton Keynes and Northampton. So, why is Sam the perfect person for this role? Although she has had experience in recruitment previously, Sam is the founder of the Mum to Mum Milton Keynes network - a group that she set up whilst on maternity leave to help parents to find out about activities and services in the local area. The group quickly grew and Sam saw an opportunity to turn it in to a business directory - it now boasts 175 local businesses and is visited by 13,000 people every month. Within this network, I am sure that there are HUNDREDS of people out there who are looking for flexible jobs, want a change of career or want to get back in to the workplace. Our plan is to put a programme in place to support people to meet their career goals and get them the job of their dreams! Sam says: "When I was setting up the Mum to Mum Milton Keynes network and turning it from a hobby in to a business, it became apparent that there was an army of people out there not working in the right jobs and that there were lots of employers out there missing out on highly skilled people. I was looking to partner with a forward thinking agency who wanted to shake the recruitment market up a bit and was delighted when Rachel from Rachel Allen Marketing introduced me to Nick at Ascendant Recruitment. I was offered a place on the team as a consultant to help them grow this area of their business and develop relationships with local businesses who want to support parents in Milton Keynes and Northampton. We have so many talented and hardworking parents in our community that deserve to have a fulfilling career and I'm excited to work with Ascendant on this project. The Mum to Mum Milton Keynes community is growing every week and I am pleased to be working with a company that is as passionate as I am about changing the world of work - where part-time and flexible working is far more widely available." We will be launching further details of the campaign for flexible working over the coming weeks, so sign up to the blogor follow us on Facebook to find out more details. I'll let Sam settle in during her first week and get to know the team and our clients before we get to work on our exciting plans. Sam is a mum of two boys as well, so will be working mainly school hours. This is something I'm really keen to offer and a number of my staff work flexibly as well - find out on our flexible working blog posts. To get in touch with Sam directly, email or call the MK office on 01908 200270. Or, take a look at her Linked In profile. Nick Peacock Managing Director of Ascendant Recruitment