Recruitment agency serving Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford

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, Oxford 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.

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

Our offices are in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford 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

Technical Sales Specialist
Basic salary 23,500 + car + commission

Full time, permanent role. Basic salary £23,500 + company car and commission.   It is an exciting time for a very well-known Milton Keynes based company as they launch new products and move into the Industrial Cleaning industry!   As a Technical Sales Specialist your responsibilities will include: Building relationships with distributors and larger end users Booking meetings with distributors and retail stores Attending meetings and demonstrating products Giving presentations explaining features and benefits of products Due to the nature of the role you will be required to travel nationally, with some over night stays possible.   To be successful in this role you will: Have good people skills and the ability to build relationships Have the ability to generate own leads and book appointments Sales experience - technical sales preferential Experience giving demonstrations/presentations to clients Please apply today to find out more!   As a result of the volume of applicants we receive we will be unable to respond to each of you. We will endeavour to respond to successful applicants (to this role) within 24 hours of your application.

Personal Assistant to CEO
£25000 - £30000

Personal Assistant to CEO £25,000 - £30,000 Wheatley/Oxford Would you love to work for a dynamic customer-focused multi-national organisation who truly recognises their staff?  Are you friendly, professional and have a ‘can do’ approach?  Working directly for the CEO of an expanding enterprising business! The Company A multi-national firm has an exciting opportunity for a HR Administrator to join their growing team at their Wheatley Office. This forward-thinking business pride themselves on hiring and developing the very best talent, so if you’re looking to work in a motivating and encouraging environment where you can make a real difference, this is the role for you. The Role Reporting directly to the CEO.  Duties will include: Diary Management Liaising with clients Travel arrangements Inbox management Providing first class customer service Administrative duties Organising Meetings The Person Firstly, you’ll be a practical, friendly, confident and an outgoing person who pays great attention to detail.  You must maintain high standards of work and professionalism at all times. It’s vital that you also have great interpersonal skills, a positive attitude and a good sense of humour. The Benefits On top of working within a great environment you will also be rewarded with a competitive salary, 25 days’ holiday, BUPA Healthcare, work place pension and Life Insurance.  Normal working hours are 9.0 am – 5.30 pm

HR Administrator
£20000 - £23000

HR Administrator £20,000 - £23,000 Wheatley/Oxford Would you love to work for a dynamic customer-focused multi-national organisation who truly recognises their staff?  Are you friendly, professional and have a ‘can do’ approach?  Working closely with the CEO of an expanding enterprising business! The Company A multi-national firm has an exciting opportunity for a HR Administrator to join their growing team at their Wheatley Office. This forward-thinking business pride themselves on hiring and developing the very best talent, so if you’re looking to work in a motivating and encouraging environment where you can make a real difference, this is the role for you. The Role Reporting to the Group Operations Manager, you will be given the opportunity to learn and experience the full range of company HR functions, including employee relations, training and development, administration and recruitment. On-going training and support is given at each stage, whilst you’re be entrusted with responsibilities that will allow you to develop and gain vital practical experience. The Person Firstly, you’ll be a practical, friendly and approachable person who’s eager to learn and develop new skills whilst maintaining high standards of work and professionalism. You’ll ideally be working towards a CIPD certificate though this is not essential. The role involves working with staff at all levels across the business, so it’s vital that you also possess great interpersonal skills, a positive attitude and a good sense of humour. The Benefits On top of working within a great environment you will also be rewarded with a competitive salary, 25 days’ holiday, BUPA Healthcare, work place pension and Life Insurance.  Normal working hours 9.0 am – 5.30 pm

Warehouse Development Manager
Up to 35,000

Are you an experienced man-manager looking for a rewarding new challenge? Do you have a strong background in developing people and the ability to think outside the box?   My client are a global manufacturing company, looking for a Warehouse Development Manager to join their UK head office based out of Milton Keynes. Based near Junction 14 of the M1 in Milton Keynes they are easy to get to and have all local amenities nearby. It is a fun place to be, with modern offices and a strong "family feel" and if you have worked there less than 10 years you are classed as a new employee!   **Please note you do not require warehouse experience, nor do you need to come from a specific background - but, you MUST have atleast 5 years management experience and a passion for people development!**   The primary objectives of this role are: To ensure the smooth efficient running of the warehouse To ensure customer orders leave on time Managing the warehouse team and services Regular stock takes Manage relationships with couriers and others who provide services to the warehouse.   Please apply today to find out more!   As a result of the volume of applicants we receive we will be unable to respond to each of you. We will endeavour to respond to successful applicants (to this role) within 24 hours of your application.

Latest Insights

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How to decide if a company is the right cultural fit for you

Finding a job generally involves trying to match your skills or job title with a current vacancy near your location. This approach will usually provide you with a list of very similar roles, all of which will appear to be very good opportunities. However, whilst you'll be able to find out things like main responsibilities, skills required and location from the advert, in most cases you're unlikely to gain much of an insight into the company culture. Making sure the company is a good cultural fit for you, and vice versa, is incredibly important. Most of us spend around 40 hours a week at work so it's vital for our career, health, motivation and job satisfaction that the company values match our own. If work was purely about making money then where we worked would matter little, but for most of us it's about much more than that. Whether it's flexibility, a good work-life balance or opportunities to progress, we all want different things from our careers, which is where cultural fit comes in. But how do you go about deciding if a company is the right match for you Research Once you've identified an opportunity you're interested in, do some research into the company's values and what it's really like to work for them. Their website is a great place to start. Most businesses have an 'About Us' page which will give you a general overview of their culture and motivations. If they have a dedicated careers page you may be able to find out about available benefits and other perks. Also see if there is a 'Meet the Team' section. This is invaluable as you'll get an insight into their current employees, helping you decide if they are the kind of personalities you'd like to work with. Likewise, social media will reveal a lot about a business. Searching Facebook and Instagram will give you a flavour of the things they like to share with their customers and the wider public, LinkedIn will provide professional insights into their employees and Twitter may reveal what the company is currently doing and the type of projects they're working on. Sites like Glassdoor are also a useful source of information. You should be sceptical of reading too much into individual reviews but if a pattern emerges over several posts, it could be worth making a note of. Finally, working with a reputable recruitment agency will help you find a role where you'll fit in and feel valued. Explaining the sort of workplace culture you're looking for will help the recruiter narrow down your search and give them an idea of the kind of environment that will help you to thrive. During the Interview Once you've done some initial research and decided you like the look of a company, it's time to apply. If you're invited in for a meeting, the interviewer will be keen to see if you're the type of person who suits their work environment and will fit in with their team's dynamics. Employers place a great deal of emphasis on finding the right hire and may reject a person with a superior skill set in favour of the candidate that best fits the culture. So here are some questions you may be asked that are designed to test your suitability for the work environment. Again, detailed research into the company will help you craft your answers. Tell me something I don't know about you This question is designed to dig a little deeper beyond your CV and find out a bit more about your personality and interests. The interviewer will be using your response to judge whether or not you'd fit in with the rest of the office. Explain an occasion when you worked well as part of a team A standard question that crops up in most interviews, it's nevertheless useful for determining if and how you get along with work colleagues. Your answer will reveal the role you play in group work and also your team fit. What management style works best for you? Your response will provide an insight into how you like to be managed. Do you prefer micro-management or a more hands-off approach? Regular feedback or more ad-hoc methods? Your answer will give the recruiter an insight into your personality and whether or not the management style of the company will work for you. Your Questions The end of an interview is when you'll be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. This is your chance to find out more about the workplace culture and fill in any holes from your research. What's the corporate culture like here? You may think this is an obvious and even brazen question, but if you want to know what the environment is like you need to ask! This question should also impress the hiring manager as it displays your enthusiasm and eagerness to be a good team fit. You should also pay close attention to their response; do they struggle to give you a definitive or detailed answer? If so, it could be that the company doesn't have a well-defined culture. Which personality traits would be a good fit for your team? This another useful way to gain a strong insight into the business ethos. If the recruiter values close collaboration and regular meetings and you prefer tackling tasks alone, you may want to consider looking elsewhere. What do you enjoy about working here? Again, this is an excellent way of gaining an understanding of the business and figuring out if it's a place you'd like to work. Whether it's a strong team spirit or team bonding events, you're looking for an enthusiastic answer with some positive examples. As you can see, there are many techniques you can employ both before and during an interview in order to gain a good insight into a company's values. Assessing cultural fit is a two-way street; the employer wants to know that you'll be engaged, reliable and more likely to stay for the long term. Conversely, you'll be seeking assurances about job satisfaction and the team you'll be working with. So research thoroughly and make sure the company values and benefits match your own as much as possible. Once you've got a well-rounded picture of the business, it's up to you and your gut feeling to decide if a company is the right cultural fit for you.

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Meet the team...introducing Kelly Charles

This is the third week in our Meet the Team series, where we introduce a different member of the team so you can get to know the people behind Ascendant Recruitment. This week, we've interviewed Kelly Charles, Divisional Manager for our Office Support Permanents Team in Milton Keynes. What were you doing before you worked here? Mostly working in Estate Agency, with a short time in Medical Recruitment.   When did you join Ascendant Recruitment? May 2012.   What's the most rewarding thing about your job? Getting better at helping people every day.   Favourite thing about working here? The team and friends I have made.   Highlight of your recruitment career so far? Being promoted to Divisional Manager. Biggest lesson you have learned? To ask more questions.   What do you like to do in your spare time? Bake cakes.   Please tell me a random/unusual fact about you: I'm planning to swim with great white sharks. What do you think are the 3 most important traits/skills to have a successful career in recruitment?

  1. Listening
  2. Being proactive
  3. Determined attitude
If you won the lottery what would you do? Travel the world.   What would you like to be doing (career-wise) in 5 years' time To expand my team and develop more consultants to have successful careers. If you're a candidate looking for your next opportunity or a company looking for new talent for your team, email Kelly or speak to a member of the team on 01908 200270.