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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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!

Business Development Manager / Sales Manager
24000 - 28000 per annum OTE 80k

Business Development Manager / Sales ManagerUp to £28,000 Per Annum DOE OTE £80k Uncapped CommissionNorthampton **Experience required: 2 years' experience in a Business Development / Sales role** We're keen to speak to individuals with a proven background in Business Development, both telephone and face to face, looking to take the next step in their career, working for a well-established, financially stable company with clearly defined plans for growth.If the above describes you then you could be just the person we're looking for!Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Manage and grow high-profile clientsProactively seeking new business opportunities by means of networking and referralsWork closely with the management team to target key accounts.Develop a winning strategy and close quotes to be passed to the project management teamManaging the marketing strategy for the businessLiaising with key stakeholdersLiaise with internal staff to ensure smooth implementation of services Skills and Abilities:Proven experience working in a business development roleConfident phone manner and experience of selling face-to-face.A highly self-motivated individual who thrives under the pressure of exceeding sales targets You will be highly adept at quickly building professional relationships and closing business Competitive desire to fulfil your potential.Commercially aware and can understand new industries quickly. 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.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!

Business Development Manager
24000 - 27000 per annum Commission

Business Development ManagerUp to £27,000 pa CommissionNorthampton **Experience required: 2 years' experience in a Business Development / Sales role** We're keen to speak to individuals with a proven background in Business Development, both telephone and face to face, looking to take the next step in their career, working for a well-established, financially stable company with clearly defined plans for growth.If the above describes you then you could be just the person we're looking for!Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Manage and grow high-profile clientsProactively seeking new business opportunities by means of networking and referralsWork closely with the management team to target key accounts.Develop a winning strategy and close quotes to be passed to the project management teamManaging the marketing strategy for the businessLiaising with key stakeholdersLiaise with internal staff to ensure smooth implementation of services Skills and Abilities:Proven experience working in a business development roleConfident phone manner and experience of selling face-to-face.A highly self-motivated individual who thrives under the pressure of exceeding sales targets You will be highly adept at quickly building professional relationships and closing business Competitive desire to fulfil your potential.Commercially aware and can understand new industries quickly. 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.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!

Area Manager
35000 - 45000 per annum

Area ManagerContract£35,000 - £45,000Milton Keynes Area Manager required for fantastic and long standing company in Milton Keynes on a fixed term contract. You must have previous experience of managing large teams, managing managers and reviewing process and procedures. You will be holding reviews, one to ones and management meetings. You will be the first point of contact for line managers for a number of issues, for example recruitment. You should be confident, articulate and professional. We are looking for: A natural leader that has the ability coach, develop and mentor their peopleSomeone that can facilitate problem solving and deliver solutionsListen to and understand the requests and requirements of colleagues and managersInnovation and passionate in developing the teamAbility to work well under pressure whilst maintaining a positive can do attitude 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.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

How to celebrate The World Cup as a business (and not neglect your principles)

Tonight is the hugely anticipated kick-off between England and Tunisia #ENGTUN, and the team at Ascendant Recruitment couldn't be more excited. It goes without saying that the World Cup is one of those events that truly unites a country. In a world that can sometimes feel divided, lonely and isolating, it's global events such as these that can boost morale and create a real sense of community and togetherness. An impressive 3.2 billion people (almost half the world's population) tuned in to watch the 2014 World Cup. We anticipate similar numbers this year with all eyes on Russia, the hosts for this iconic sporting event. But what does this mean for businesses who want to avoid disruption during the event? Is it possible for employees to celebrate the tournament whilst also retaining efficiency in the workplace? There are a number of ways businesses can celebrate the "world's most widely viewed sporting event" with minimal disruption to productivity. It doesn't have to be all doom and gloom; in fact, The World Cup provides an opportunity for employers to boost team spirit and camaraderie among its staff. Today we're speaking to Operations Manager, David Forbes, on how events such as the World Cup can have a positive impact on business. We discuss ways to both actively encourage participation in the workplace, whilst maintaining the company ethos of clients and candidates first. David says: 'There's something so unique about getting behind a country and supporting a team. The World Cup provides a great excuse to rally together and celebrate this great sporting occasion.' There are myriad ways a business may choose to operate during The World Cup. Whether that's allowing more flexible working or introducing summer hours, with a clear agreement that they have to make the time up elsewhere. It's essential that employers are hospitable during the season; staff are less likely to simulate sickness if companies are considerate during the period. Here at Ascendant Recruitment we want our employees to enjoy The World Cup whilst maintaining professionalism in the workplace. We've got a number of interactive and fun activities in place, such as a sweepstake, which is proving to be incredibly popular among staff. This is an effective team-building exercise and anyone can get involved. We also have regular updates in the office on live scores and results after the main tournaments. But with all this excitement, how do employers ensure that service isn't compromised? Here at Ascendant Recruitment, we want our employees to enjoy the event and to celebrate the tournament together. However, we will continue to remain customer-focused and ensure that a high-quality service is delivered. 'Business comes first,' says David. 'It's paramount that the needs of our clients and candidates are met and not neglected during this time.' So, our advice to other businesses would be the following:

  1. Be hospitable. Employees are less likely to 'pull a sickie' if you incorporate ways to enjoy the season together. Make sure any new policies, such as flexible working hours, are clearly communicated to avoid confusion.
  2. Be innovative. Relaxed, friendly and fun working environments can inspire creative thinking.
  3. Be fair. Not all employees will be excited about the footie season. Remain considerate and ensure the work environment isn't disruptive as this will impact morale.
  4. Be YOU. For Ascendant Recruitment, our clients and candidates always come first. Don't neglect your working practices and principles during this period. Maintain your company ethos and philosophy at all times.
  5. Enjoy it! We wish all the players the best of luck for tonight's game.
 

Supporting Local Businesses - reasons to #LoveMK

We were planning to talk aboutLocal Business Week, which ran from 18th-24th May, but what with the frenzied emails and general panic about GDPR, we thought we'd hold back and share our thoughts when everyone's inbox has calmed down a bit! Since opening our doors in 2003, we've had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with some fantastic businesses; another reason (if you need one) to #LoveMK. As a local business, we use any opportunity to spread the word about business in Milton Keynes. It's our mission to help local business thrive by supporting them with developing a robust recruitment strategy. There are a number of reasons Ascendant Recruitment decided to establish itself in Milton Keynes. Firstly, it's a large town built with careful planning and solid infrastructure. The various districts are easily accessible making it commuter-friendly, and it's in close proximity to Northampton and Oxford, where our many of our clients are based. A whole host of corporate brands have their head offices here as it's financially feasible compared to sprawling cities such as London and Birmingham. It's technologically advanced, and certainly appeals to a number of weary city-dwellers and young professionals who are looking to create a family of their own. Since we started out 15 years ago, we've seen a number of changes here in MK. The business landscape has changed dramatically, as we see independent coffee shops, start-ups and small businesses grow and flourish. Fortunately, the concept of 'local' has become extremely fashionable, which means there's greater need for supply and demand. We are proud to work with a number of local dynamic companies who seek unique individuals to help their team and business succeed. Over 96% of our candidates remain in-post beyond their probationary period, which is testament to our team of passionate and conscientious recruiters. Our list of long-term clients includes the esteemed local business, Rightmove, the UK's largest online property website. Here at Ascendant Recruitment we're excited to see the landscape of Milton Keynes change shape as we continue to do what we do best: supply quality candidates to local businesses. We'd love to hear about your favourite local businesses and the reasons you #LoveMK. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and feel free to tweet, share and like this post. More soon!