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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Purchase Ledger Clerk
17000 - 17500pa

Our client is a local company in Milton Keynes, they are recruiting a purchase ledger clerk for a 3-6 month contract. This is a fantastic opportunity for a newly qualified AAT or a Finance Graduate to gain some experience in an entry level role. The role will initially be on a contract basis however there is a possibility for the right person to be offered something longer term. Although this position is a purchase ledger role my client will consider candidates with strong administrative skills dealing with high volumes of admin/paperwork. Responsibilities: Manage a number of suppliers determined by Team Leader (moveable due to changing environment) Processing of invoices Creating Auto generated invoice schedules Approval of invoices Two payments a month to suppliers via BACS Statement reconciliation Dealing with overdue letters Ensuring problem suppliers are managed efficiently and promptly and where necessary evidence kept showing communication with supplier and other departments. Alerting purchase ledger team leader of any issues with suppliers Keeping supplier records up to date and no missing data Filing of invoices and statements promptly Adhoc project work Candidate Requirements: Good understanding of Excel. A relevant accounting qualification (AAT/ Graduate) Excellent organisation skills is essential Good team player. Attention to detail essential Self motivated. Flexible Able to manage a varied and moveable workload depending on team leader requests Able to work to strict deadlines and manage work load to ensure deadlines are met Positive attitude to a changing environment 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!

Payroll Clerk/Administrator
£8.00 - £9.00

Our Corby based client is seeking an experienced Payroll Clerk/Administrator to join their growing team!  This role will involve general payroll duties including the use of Sage 50, submitting EPS and SPS to HMRC in line with the correct procedures and time constraints. This role will also include general administration and office duties.  This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is looking to make their mark within a growing organisation!  Working hours will be part-time shifts between 09:00 - 16:00, Monday-Friday with flexible hours available.  Initially, this is a 12 week contract with view to become permanent. Starting in mid November.  Experience in Sage 50 and payroll is essential!  For more info, please apply below! 

Customer Service Advisors
£8.00 - £9.00

Customer Service Advisors Milton Keynes Office Support £8.00 - £9.00 per hour + holiday pay   Are you passionate about customer service? Are you available immediately? Would you like to work for a prestigious company? Then please read on!   If you’re friendly and positive with great interpersonal skills, we’d love to hear from you. We have some exciting customer service jobs available at a variety of well-established, well-known companies in Milton Keynes. We’re looking for customer-focused, reliable people to provide first class customer support for our clients on a temporary basis. There’s also the possibility that these roles could become permanent jobs for the right people. These positions are available immediately, so if you’ve got the following skills and you’d like to know more about our current opportunities, please contact us today: •             A professional telephone manner •             Excellent administration and customer service skills •             The ability to work well in a team •             Reliable with a great attention to detail   Simply click APPLY NOW, complete the easy form and upload your CV!   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 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!

Senior Customer Service Exec
£8.50 - £8.50

Our Corby based client is seeking a Senior Customer Service Executive to join their team on a temporary basis! This role will involve taking responsibilities for corporate partnership accounts, working along side the sales team. A successful candidate will have excellent experience working within customer service and a desire to learn and develop new skills. For more information, please apply below!

Latest Insights

What do Christmas shopping and recruitment have in common?

You might be wondering why I decided to write a blog likening recruitment with Christmas shopping. At first glance, the two appear to have nothing in common. Yet there are some valuable recruitment lessons that we can learn from our Christmas shopping experiences. Those of us who are parents will know that every year there is that must-have Christmas present that our children are desperate for. As long as the request is within reason, the majority of parents will do whatever it takes to make sure their child receives that present on Christmas Day. At the same time, most of us will want to make sure we want to get a good deal on that Christmas present and so we're likely to shop around, looking for a bargain. We're so busy looking for the best price that in the meantime, the item gets snapped up and all the shops run out of stock, leaving us looking for alternatives that don't measure up to what we originally wanted and the prospect of a very disappointed child on Christmas Day. So what does this have to do with recruitment? The job market is still very buoyant and there are lots of people out there either looking for a new job or who are open to moving for the right opportunity. However, the war for talent remains as strong as ever, with top candidates getting snapped up quickly. What recruitment lessons can we learn from this? Act quickly: I have seen occasions where recruitment processes have been dragged out and by the time the employer decides to offer a candidate a job, they have already accepted a role elsewhere. It's not uncommon for companies to make counter offers in a bid to retain their best staff and for the very best candidates to receive multiple job offers or different roles. If you don't act quickly, you risk missing out on the best person for your role and having to settle for second best. Be flexible: It's always tempting to try and look for a better deal. Maybe your perfect candidate is asking for a slightly higher salary than you anticipated so you're trying to find someone similar but cheaper. It's worth keeping in mind that studies have shown that high performers are up to 10 times more productive than average performers, meaning that by paying slightly more for a higher calibre of candidate, you'll receive much higher returns on your investment. Evaluate the market: Just as when you're looking for that Christmas present, you'll check out availability at stores, it's worth having an understanding of the marketplace in which you're recruiting. For example, if the role you're recruiting for requires a very specific or unusual skill or type of experience then those people are going to be harder to find and you'll want to snap them up when you do. If you're not sure, this is something your recruitment consultant will be able to help you with as they should know their market inside out and the level of difficulty involved with finding someone with those skills and experience. In summary, there are valuable recruitment lessons to be learned from Christmas shopping. Just like buying a number 1 Christmas toy, if demand for talent outweighs the supply you could find yourself missing out on what you want if you don't act quickly when you find it. Nick Peacock is the owner and Managing Director of Ascendant Recruitment, a leading recruitment agency in Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas.

Learning to say no at work; how and when to do it

Saying no at work is something most of us find difficult. We hate to feel that we've disappointed our manager, let down a colleague or failed a client because we want to be seen as a team player and someone who is willing to go the extra mile. However, there are times when saying no at work is not only the best thing for us personally but also the right thing to do for our company. For example, if you continually say yes to requests you run the risk of taking on too much work, spreading yourself too thinly and ultimately failing to complete tasks on time. If this becomes an ongoing cycle of behaviour, your reliability will be questioned and you may end up harming your career. So take a look at our list of times when you should consider turning down a request and learn to say no in a constructive way.   When you're too busy As we alluded to above, overloading yourself with work can be harmful to your long-term career prospects. Not only will overburdening yourself affect the quality of your output, it will also lead to longer hours and increased stress levels as you attempt to shoehorn more and more into your workday. A point blank refusal is likely to cause tension and damage relationships, so if you're struggling to cope, you need to tell your manager that you're stretched. It could be that they're unaware of your workload, so explain that a particular core task is currently monopolising your time and ask if this new piece of work should take priority. If your boss considers it important and you've explained your current situation, they can then make decisions accordingly and reassess and reassign your work if they want you to take on this new project. When you're not the best person There's nothing wrong with putting yourself forward for projects that challenge and test you, but if you're offered a task that is completely out of your comfort zone and leaves you wondering where to start, it might be best to pass up the opportunity. Not only will it prove to be frustrating and time consuming, it's also counterproductive for both you and your company. Bear in mind that smaller companies may require greater flexibility, so there may not be anyone better to lead the project. However, you should still voice concerns if you don't feel like the opportunity plays to your strengths. In this case, your boss will appreciate your honesty if you explain that you don't have the knowledge or expertise to complete this work to a high standard. If the project is something you'd be interested in learning about, you could offer to shadow and assist a better qualified colleague who'd be more comfortable leading the project. That would allow you to pick up new skills with less pressure and also reach a compromise with your manager, which is always better than a flat-out refusal. When it doesn't help you develop Most jobs have elements that are unlikely to help your development. These are often mundane but important tasks that need to be done in order to fulfil your role effectively. However, if you're continually asked to work on projects that offer little or no potential for progression, it may be time to start focusing your energies elsewhere. After all, no-one else is going to manage your best interests if you don't keep your manager updated with what you're currently working on! If you can explain to your manager that you believe your talents would be better utilised elsewhere, then you may be able to dissuade them from giving you a task that doesn't play to your strengths. If they're reticent, consider offering to show a junior staff member how to do the work. That way, you're presenting a "positive no" and boosting a colleague's skill set in the process. When it makes you uncomfortable Perhaps it's a request from your boss that makes you feel uncomfortable or maybe one of your colleagues asks you to cover for them. Whatever the demand, this is a particularly difficult situation to be put in. If your gut feeling is telling you something is up and the request makes you feel uneasy in any way, then you need to stand firm, say no and explain why. If you're still feeling troubled once you've taken time to evaluate the situation, simply explain to your boss or colleague that you're not comfortable with that particular request but you'd be willing to assist in other ways. This shows that you're prepared to help out, but not blindly follow any order. If you're worried that the request is unethical or corrupt, keep a copy of any emails exchanged on the subject or note down dates and times of conversations.   As these examples show, it can often be difficult to say no at work. However, with practice and the right approach it's possible to get your message across in a constructive way. The key is to explain your position steadily and firmly, be honest and clear and show willing by asking if there are any other ways you can help. Ultimately, we all need to be flexible enough to take on extra tasks and support our colleagues and manager when necessary, but it's equally important to ensure we don't take on more than we can handle. The consequences of saying yes to every request are loss of focus, reduced productivity and higher stress levels, so do yourself a favour and learn to say no when necessary.