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!


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Export Manager
35000 - 40000 per annum

Export and Despatch ManagerPrimary objective: To manage all Sales Order Processing, Create works orders and arrange Despatch and Export of goods.Main Duties: Sales order processingOverseeing the creation of new customer accounts and ensuring that accounts/territories are compliant for trading and generally ensuring accounts are operating within the agreed credit limits.Leading and managing a small team validating, entering, amending and expediting customer orders to documented procedures, and ensuring customers are fully informed of acknowledged and amended delivery dates.Creating works orders as required and for configuring Bills of materials.The role will also be responsible for leading the migration to sales order entry.Pricing and enquiriesEnsuring that pricing system is maintained and customers receive requested information on pricing of goods, shipping costs, timeframes, export documentation in a timely and efficient manner.Packing and DespatchLeading and managing a small team packing and despatching cabinets, lockers and spares to global customers. Obtaining and forwarding as required, tracking details for each shipment.Exporting of productsPlanning in advance for exporting goods internationally into new territories that the business is unfamiliar with and ensuring the business is compliant with HRMC legislation and company exporting procedures and processes as appropriate.Being compliant will include types of packaging allowed for import as well as documents being correct in terms of commodity codes and origin of goods.Ensuring that all appropriate paperwork is produced and ready for despatch.InvoicingEnsure all goods are invoiced with correct VAT coding and upon despatch date.Support the SOP team in using web based invoicing systems and new technologies.Produce and develop statistical reports on order values/orders shipped as well as planned invoice forecast values to support financial planning and reporting.Customer Service:Ensuring that the teams provide and continually develop full customer support that exceeds expectation.General:Developing and producing Management Information for wider operational use to ensure continual development and improvement.Working with the Operational Director to develop procedures to maximise efficiency in order processing, despatch and invoicing.Recommending resourcing requirements and planning resource to suit the day to day requirements. Providing staff reviews, training and development as required.Ensuring full compliance with the Environmental and Health and Safety policies. Person Specification Experience: Management experience of running a teamExperience of having worked in a manufacturing companyExperienced in an international customer facing roleSolid understanding of ROW export requirements not just Europe (mainly Air/Road) and familiar with export documentation and terminology including dealing with Certificates of Origin, ATRs, AWBs, Letters of credit, etc using organisations such as Chambers of Commerce to produce.Knowledge and understanding of Incoterms and commodity codes.

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!

Billings & Collections Controller
30kpa dependent on experience

Ascendant Recruitment are working closely with an organisation who are looking to recruit a permanent full time Billings & Collections controller. This role is based in Buckingham within a prestigious setting. The ideal candidate MUST have a strong proven background in collections & billings or credit management. The Role: To be responsible for accurate billing and collections of clients over 3 sites To be responsible for accurate and timely account reconciliations, and all associated queries associated. To extend ‘extra’ support to all Client Business Managersby way of regular interactions, including occasional visits, and face to face support. To monitor all 3rd party supplier costs. To accurately report Cash Forecasting on a weekly and monthly basis, including debt recovery and cash collection patterns. Benefits Competitive salary Contributory Pension Scheme Private Healthcare Life Assurance Professional development 25 days Holiday plus Bank Holidays

Latest Insights

Dont let social media ruin your career!

BBC Radio 1 are featuring stories from people who have had their career ruined by social media posts in their 'Life Hacks' show. The stories vary from people who have hobbies that an employer may raise an eyebrow at, have joined a group that maybe they shouldn't and even lost their job by doing something a bit silly at work! You can view the stories here: We all know that social media is here to stay. It's a big part of everybody's lives - but more so for some more than others. Although it may seem quite harmless to post updates about everything you do, at Ascendant Recruitment we have a few top tips that may be helpful to make sure your potential - or current - employer won't see anything you don't want them to see! 1. Privacy settings Our advice is to make sure you set your privacy settings to an appropriate level. If you don't want to risk colleagues or employers seeing your social media, go in to the settings and limit who can see your post only to connections. 2. Restrict who you connect with Some people see social media as a 'numbers' game and want as many fans and followers as possible. If you think your employers or colleagues may have an issue with what you post then don't allow them to follow you on social media. It's fine to say: "I like to keep my social media separate from work." 3. Use a Linked In profile This should be where you showcase your professional self on social media - so make sure you have a profile shot that's appropriate for the industry you work in (or want to work in). Our advice is to have a photograph of you as you would appear at work - not from a night out! Make sure your details are up to date and accurately reflect the skills and experience you have. 4. Think about it! Stop and think before you post. It's so easy to take a quick selfie or video and post it up without considering the impact it may have on your career. 5. Be informed Speak to your boss or HR department and review the terms of your contract as there may be some guidance in there about what is appropriate and what isn't. If you have any concerns about your social media profiles and the impact it may have on you finding your dream job, then get in touch with the Ascendant Recruitment team and we can discuss this with you. Please call 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or

How to Write a Curriculum Vitae For Temporary Jobs

Applying for temporary roles is a slightly different process than applying for a permanent position, and will require an alternative approach.A temporary role may have far more specific requirements than a permanent job - where an employee will be given more opportunity to develop - and decisions as to who to accept for a temporary role can be made on a narrower set of criteria. This is why it's important to make sure that your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is geared up for temporary as opposed to permanent work - here are a few tips on how to do it: 1. Organise your CV. There is little point in submitting a ten page document for a temporary position, as the recruiter is unlikely to make it past the first page. Your CV needs to be concise and filled with relevant information. Relevant is defined as demonstrating skills and abilities that the temporary role demands. Limit it to two pages and don't include anything that isn't relevant for the role you're applying for. 2. Don't list employment agencies. When listing your relevant employment experience, you should always list the employer, rather than the employment agency that you worked for. Listing the agency doesn't give any information about the specific position and if you worked for the same agency numerous times there will be little on your CV to show the real range of your experience. 3. Tailor your CV content. There can be a temptation with a CV for temporary roles to throw everything onto it - and if you have been temping for a while then you probably have a lot of different jobs to include. Try to avoid listing everything in your CV, the important bits (read relevant) could be missed in the mass of information. Recruitment Consultants, the normal gatekeepers to temporary work, are inundated with up to 200 CV's a day, they will not spend time trying to find a needle in a haystack. A recent survey of Consultants concluded they spend two to five seconds glimpsing at a CV before deciding whether to read on! If you have a lot of experience try grouping it by sector, employer, or roles. Alternatively, only include those positions that best demonstrate your aptitude for the current job, or that demonstrate the skill set required for this position. 4. Make it personal. Nowadays, even in the temporary market employers will be looking for an applicant that fits their ethos because temporaries are viewed as potential permanent recruits. To be prepared, include your achievements from previous roles, any overall career objectives that you have and the qualities that you feel make you exactly right for their position. This will give your CV more personality and help you stand out from the other applicants. Preparing a temporary CV should take just as much time and attention as for a permanent role. A great temporary position can be a confidence builder, can give your career a real boost and might be a leg up into a new and exciting permanent position. For more career tips, visit theAscendant Recruitment blogtoday.