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, Bid Management 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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Warehouse Operative Milton Keynes
£16500 - £16500

Ascendant recruitment is recruiting for a warehouse operative in Milton Keynes.   Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm £16,500 plus 15% bonus if company target is met. Clothing allowance included – TBC Temporary to Permanent position after 12 weeks   Main duties; General warehouse duties Picking and packing Allocating stock to locations Stock control Goods in goods out Operating hand held terminal Emailing communication   Desirable skills; Warehouse experience Eager to learn how to operate a forklift truck (no experience required) Good numeracy skills Good communication skills One team approach Able to use own initiative Work well under pressure Please call Gemma for more information.   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!

Warehouse Operative Leighton Buzzard
£7.20 - £8.10

Ascendant Recruitment are recruiting for warehouse operatives in Leighton Buzzard. Monday to Friday Various Shifts 7am – 5pm, 8am – 5pm and 2pm -12am. Candidates must be flexible with start times and if unable to be flexible with all 3 shifts this role will be unsuitable for you. Temporary on going to possible permanent   Main duties; Assembly of end products Following specification to company procedure Picking orders Packing pallets for dispatch Operating pump trucks Completion of legal documentation Ensuring all order deadlines are met Must have a one team approach Clean as you go mentality   Desirable skills; Warehouse experience – Entry level Strong numeracy skills Excellent communication Attention to detail Flexibility with hours and over time   For more information please call Gemma for more information 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!

Counter Balance Driver Required Kettering
£10 - £11

Ascendant Recruitment are recruiting for Counter balance drivers based in Kettering   Monday to Friday Various shifts available Days, evenings and nights. Shift Payrate between - £10.30 per hour and £11 per hour. Temporary to possible permanent.   Main Duties; Operating forklift trucks Operating clamp (Training will be provided) Unloading and loading of lorries Allocating stock Picking orders from location Replenishing stock when required Completion of all documentation   Desirable skills; Minimum of 3 years’ experience operating counter balance Valid counter balance certificate with test date within the last 3 years Flexible working over time Self-motivation Able to work well under pressure Attention to detail For more information please call Gemma on 01908 200270 or Shaun on 01604 439380. 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!

Customer Service Administrator
19,500

Permanent, full time role. Monday-Friday 9:30pm-5:30pm Leighton Buzzard. Salary up to £19,500. Key responsibilities will include: Ensure that all compliance with regards to goods movements are adhered to. Import and export jobs via CSV import Chasing ETA’s with the depots Checking timed deliveries for Key customers Answering telephone calls from customers chasing ETA’s, POD’s and paperwork Responding to emails, this will include ETA’s, upgrades, PODd Any failures need to be notified to the customer immediately. Import customer jobs via a CSV format onto  system to create a job Arrange couriers Assist Accounts with invoice queries Working closely with a Key Account, managing their deliveries and booking vehicles with a haulier   Skills & Competencies: Attention to detail/accuracy.  Planning and organising skills, high level of numeracy.  Negotiating skills, ability to influence and steer.  Strong communication skills in order to deliver accurate information.  Good IT skills, able to learn the current systems, including Microsoft office packages  The ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure.  Effectively prioritise work load in order to meet set deadlines.  Have knowledge of current hazardous goods law.  To find out more please apply today! 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 shortlisted 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

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Five questions you should never ask at a job interview

We've previously written a blog that detailed Eight insightful questions to ask at the end of a job interview to help you make a good impression at your meeting. If you can demonstrate your enthusiasm and depth of research to the interviewer, you stand a much better chance of being offered the role. However, for every great, thoughtful question you can ask there are others that should be avoided altogether, alongside saying you have no questions of course! Whether they're inappropriate, badly timed or show up your lack of research, here are some questions you should never ask at an interview.   How many holidays / sick days do I get? Basically, asking anything related to the salary or benefits of the role is a big no no at interview. Firstly, this could make you appear presumptuous and a touch arrogant, as it may look like you're assuming you've already got the role. Secondly, asking about sick days or annual leave will set alarm bells ringing in the interviewers mind, leaving them wondering if you're someone who can't wait to take a break or pull a sickie! So leave benefits and salary negotiations until you've been offered the role, unless the interviewer brings the issue up, in which case it's fine to give an answer.   Do you do background or reference checks? Many companies will ask for references and contact former employers as a matter of course, not only to get an insight into your character and work ethic, but also to make sure your experience matches up to what you say on your CV. So asking this question will instantly make the interviewer think you have something to hide or question the validity of the references you have provided. You should always expect a potential employer to contact your referees, so make sure your CV is truthful and matches what you actually did in your previous roles. However, if you're concerned about the employer contacting your current boss and giving away the fact you're seeking a new role, make sure you mention this to the interviewer.   Will you monitor my internet usage? Another question that will raise concerns about your motivation and work ethic, as it implies that you're planning to spend at least some of your time at work surfing the internet rather than doing the job! Even if the role requires you to use the internet/social media for research or work purposes, raising this point during your meeting will only serve to raise a red flag for the interviewer, so it's advisable to avoid it altogether.   Who is your main competition? On first appearances, this question doesn't seem to be as obviously unsuitable as the ones above. However, the interviewer will likely mark you down as someone who has done zero research, as this is the type of question you could have answered yourself with some simple online investigation (see also, "What do you do here?"). Asking any question you could have researched the answer for yourself will only serve to make you look uninterested and indifferent, not exactly the sort of impression you want to be making at interview!   Can I start late/leave early as long as I do my hours? Even if you have a legitimate question regarding flexibility in the role, the interview is not the time to ask it as it will simply raise concerns about your motivations. A good work-life balance is important for many people, but it's unlikely to be the main focus for the hiring manager, plus you don't want to make it look as if your personal needs are more important than those of the company. If flexibility of hours is a deal breaker for you, it may be worth checking out the company benefits page (if they have one) beforehand or waiting until you're offered role to broach this subject. Again, if the interviewer raises the issue, it's best to answer it honestly.   If you're preparing for an interview, hopefully you're now fully aware of the type of questions you need to avoid if you want to impress your interviewer. Anything to do with the salary/benefits, references or questions that will raise concerns about your work ethic are to be avoided as they are likely to damage your chances of landing the job. Likewise, it's important not to ask anything you couldn't have found out yourself. The interviewer wants to see evidence of thorough research in the form of intelligent, considered questions regarding the job role or company, so steer clear of anything that doesn't follow this formula and you'll give yourself a better chance of being offered the job.

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Joint winners for Temp of the Month!

In June we had double winners for our Temp of the Month competition. Laura Stevens and Emma Wilson have been working for different departments of the same company and both impressed their managers Diane and Stephaniewith their strong work ethic and willingness to get stuck into a variety of different tasks. They each win an Amazon voucher. We caught up with both of them to find out more about this and their experience of temping with Ascendant Recruitment. How do you feel about winning Temp of the Month? Laura: 'I feel absolutely honoured to win Temp of the Month' Emma: 'Surprised - I'm only doing my job!'   What do you like about the company you're working for? Laura: 'I like it, mostly for the freedom to expand, develop and grow in a business environment. The company has given me so many opportunities that could not be found in such a short time through any other company.' Emma: 'The people, the work and the perks.'   What do you enjoy about your current role? Laura: 'I love working with people, internally and externally. Training, educating and giving advice is what I love doing!' Emma: 'It's giving me experience of an office environment, showing me how a legal team works and it plays to my strengths.'   How would you describe your experience of temping with Ascendant Recruitment? Laura: 'Perfect! Never had any issues whether this be support, financial or communication. Genuinely the best recruiters I have come across.' Emma: 'Better than I had imagined, the people have been so welcoming and appreciative.'   How will you spend your Amazon voucher? Laura:'I'm going to save it for a rainy day or until I decide on an impulse purchase!' Emma: 'I'm going to buy a candle.' Congratulations to Laura and Emma. If you're immediately available and want to find out more about our current temporary opportunities, please call 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV to info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk Photo: L-R,back row: Diane Kent, James Cooke and Stephanie Lawson Front row L-R: Laura Stevens, Emma Wilson