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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Office Supervisor Based In Milton Keynes
£18000 - £25000

Thank you for taking your time to click on our job advertisement. I am currently recruiting for an Office Supervisor for my Client based in Milton Keynes. Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm up to £25,000  A growing business looking for an office manager within their internal sales team and help assist with the sales force. Daily administration duties will be required to ensure customer demands are met and always to provide the best customer service to their customers.  Please see below the list of Office Administration duties required; Supervising the internal sales team Make sure office is running smoothly at all times Using SAP to monitor all orders are processed & closed by w/h uploads daily Using SAP to monitor all deliveries are invoiced weekly Handle all queries and logging all customer complaints & resolutions Monitor staff workloads to ensure their working environment is correct according to HR Make sure first aid box is constantly checked and topped up with supplies Making sure kitchen is neat & tidy at all times Making sure we have the necessary kitchen supplies at all times Ordering adequate stationary for company and making sure we never run out of essentials eg. paper, labels, ribbon, printed envelopes, toners, etc Monitor the costs for stationary and couriers at all times – most competitive prices Managing the water cooler in the office - making sure it is regularly service and order water bottles & cups when needed Managing the franking machine and ordering supplies and topping up credit Managing the milk runs Booking adhoc international parcels Diary management Help organise company events / employee rewards Daily Stock Checks Handle Customer Queries Provide Support to the Sales Managers Carry out any ad hoc Administrative Duties Handle incoming sales calls Comply with ISO protocols Comply with company protocols Update Admin Trackers Manage Back Orders Manage POD’s Key Account Management Process Returns Handling Export Sales Providing cover to colleagues Directly reporting to the commercial director. Please apply for this position for more information and Gemma will call you back as soon as possible to discuss in more detail. 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

Part Time Bookkeeper
Upto 11kpa

Ascendant Recruitment have an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking for part time work only! Our client who is based within the financial services sector is looking to recruit a part time bookkeeper on a permanent basis. The successful candidate will have experience of working with various accounting software packages and have a minimum of 3 years in a bookkeeping role or similar. The Role Purchase ledger Sales ledger Bank Reconciliations Journals Profit / Loss Accruals / Prepayments VAT Returns Payroll Month end accounts Year end accounts submission

Commercial Accountant
Upto 31kpa

Ascendant Recruitment are working closely with a company based in Milton Keynes who are on the look out for an experienced part qualified / QBE accountant to join their team on a permanent basis. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is looking to take the next step in their career and gain some fantastic exposure into both the commercial and statutory side of accounting. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years experience working in a similar role. With a competitive salary and a great company to work for this role is fantastic! The Role: Commercial Finance Produce routine project finance reports with particular emphasis on revenue and margin performance.  Assist in the review and analysis of project finances to identify areas of risk and opportunities to improve both revenue and profit.  Undertake a comprehensive review of monthly sales invoices to ensure these are completed to a high level of accuracy.  Build core reports (Operational Activity Spreadsheets) for new projects to ensure project finances can be tracked from the outset. Update these as required.  Assist in the setting and review of project revenue and margin forecasts.  Develop new and ad hoc reporting as appropriate including from SAGE data and the exploitation of Analytics.  From a finance perspective develop and maintain a broad knowledge of the Clinical Trial project portfolio in order to add value to decision making.  Build strong and effective relationships with Project Teams particularly with Project Managers. Statutory Accounts Annual statutory accounts preparation for all group companies including overseas subsidiaries and non-trading entity. Support annual audit.  Undertake monthly balance sheet FX revaluations.  Produce all intercompany invoices.  Maintain and develop dividend calculation process.  P11D tracking and submissions.  Minority shareholder rebate tracking.  Support the development of corporation tax forecasting and reporting.  Carry out quarterly tax returns including VAT, GST (Australia) and CT 61. Work closely with management accountant ensuring statutory and management accounts are materially consistent.

Credit Controller
Upto 23kpa

Ascendant Recruitment are delighted to be working with a fantastic client based in Milton Keynes. Our client is a based in central Milton Keynes which is 5 minutes from the train station. Our client is looking to recruit an experienced Credit Controller for a full time permanent opportunity within their business offering a salary of £23kpa. The successful candidate must have a minimum of 2 years recent credit control experience. Role Responsibilities: End to end management of an assigned ledger – Key Accounts Checking and sending out invoices via post and email Monitoring customer payments to achieve cash and debtor day targets set each month. Maintaining customer accounts to make sure they do not exceed their credit facilities. Chase overdue invoices by phone, letter or email and issuing 7 day letters before we take legal action. Liaising with customers via phone or email to resolve invoicing queries/disputes Woking with internal departments, service, sales and contracts. Clearing payments on account and customer refunds. Taking credit card payments Court Claims Key Competencies: A minimum of 2 years recent credit control experience Confident with excellent communication skills A team player and happy to help their peers

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Five rags-to-riches stories that will inspire you

Job hunting can be fraught with difficulties and pitfalls. All of us face rejection and disappointment at some point during our careers and it can often be difficult to pick yourself up and carry on after a negative experience. If you're feeling demotivated and demoralised with the way your job search is progressing, then this blog is for you! We've taken a look at some of the world's most successful businesspeople from a broad range of industries and discovered that many of them had a tough start in life. From growing up in poverty to escaping genocide, these five successful entrepreneurs have shown plenty of grit, determination and spirit to make it to the top. So read on and take heart from the background stories of these impressive individuals!   JK Rowling With book sales totalling over 400 million, an avid fan base of readers and an estimated fortune of around £650m, life is pretty sweet for the Harry Potter novelist. However, things were not always so rosy. Shortly after starting work on the first Harry Potter book, Rowling was unemployed and living in a flat in Edinburgh with her infant daughter, her marriage having broken down. Surviving on benefits, she would frequent local cafes and write whilst her daughter slept in her pram. The book was initially rejected by twelve publishers before being released in 1997 with an initial run of 1,000 copies. By the time Rowling released the final book in the series in 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it sold 11 million copies in its first 24 hours, becoming the fastest-selling book of all time. From those initial early struggles, Rowling has since transformed Harry Potter into a global phenomenon worth £11 billion pounds!   George Soros Regarded as one of the world's most successful investors, George Soros is also a renowned businessman, philanthropist and author with an estimated worth of £18.5 billion. Between 1979 and 2017, he donated over £8 billion to initiatives to tackle poverty and improve education around the world and played a key role in bringing capitalism to communist Eastern Europe in the late 1980s. If that represents a life of incredible achievements, his early years were, if anything, even more remarkable. In 1944, the 13-year-old Soros was living in Hungary when the Nazis invaded. After Soros was asked to distribute documents by the Germans, his father recognised them as deportation notices and told Soros to deliver them but advise the people not to report to the meeting points. Thanks to the quick-thinking of his father, Soros and many other Hungarian-Jewish families were saved and survived the war. Soros moved to England in 1947, where he worked as a railway porter and waiter whilst studying at the London School of Economics. After graduating, he wrote to the MD of every merchant bank in London before finally securing an entry-level position in the industry that would help him make his fortune. Ingvar Kamprad His name may not be as instantly recognisable as others on this list, but Ingvar Kamprad went from an inauspicious upbringing on a farm in rural Sweden to founding IKEA, one of the largest retailers on the planet. Business-minded from an early age, Kamprad would buy matches in bulk then sell them to neighbours individually, making a tidy profit. After also dabbling in fish, seeds, Christmas trees and pencils, Kamprad started IKEA with money he received from his father for attaining good grades. Initially selling furniture by mail order, Kamprad eventually expanded his business empire which now boasts 389 stores in 48 countries, giving him a net worth of around £37 billion. Despite this incredible wealth, Kamprad remains incredibly humble. He drives a second-hand car, flies economy class and never stays in expensive hotels. This frugal approach is reflected in his business philosophy of cost control, which allows IKEA to reduce prices and remain competitive. Ursula Burns These days, Manhattan's Lower East Side is home to boutique stores, upscale restaurants and expensive apartments. When Ursula Burns was growing up there in the 1960s, it was blighted by crime, poverty, drug dealers and derelict buildings. Against this backdrop of deprivation, Burns was raised by her single mother, who babysat and did laundry so she could afford to send her child to a good school. After obtaining a Masters' degree in Mechanical Engineering, Burns started working for Xerox in 1981. By 1999, she had risen to the position of vice president for global manufacturing, becoming president in 2007. In July 2009, she became the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company when she was appointed CEO. Burns is one of the founding members of 'Change the Equation', an organisation dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the United States, with a particular focus on helping minorities and women gain access to these fields. In a recent interview, Burns attributes her success to her mother's support. Despite growing up in poverty, her mother always reminded her, "where you are doesn't define who you are." Wise words indeed.   Oprah Winfrey Fronting one of the most popular television programmes in history, receiving honorary degrees from Duke and Harvard, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and launching her own production company are just a few reasons why Oprah Winfrey is often cited as the most influential woman in the world. These impressive achievements are all the more incredible when you consider Winfrey's early years. Born to an unmarried teenage mother, she spent her first six years living in such poverty, she often had to wear dresses made of potato sacks. After enduring sexual abuse and the death of her prematurely-born son when she was 14, Winfrey was eventually sent to live with her father in Tennessee. He was strict, but encouraged his daughter to make education her priority. She won a scholarship to university and started her media career as a TV news anchor before hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time in 1986. It ran for the next 25 years, achieving viewing figures of up to 20 million viewers a day at its peak. In addition, Winfrey has diversified into other areas of the media including film, publishing and radio, amassing a fortune of £2.3 billion along the way.   Hopefully these rags-to-riches stories will inspire and motivate you during your job search. It's very easy to feel downbeat and discouraged during a job hunt, especially if you're not hearing back from applications or missing out at the interview stage. So take inspiration from these people, who had to overcome various obstacles to pursue their dreams and become successful. It takes determination, a will to succeed and a never-say-die attitude to get what you want, so take heart and keep going!

What to do if you can no longer attend an interview

Your job hunting has started to pay off - you've spent time perfecting your CV and applying to jobs and now employers are sitting up and taking notice. Companies are inviting you to attend interviews and doors are starting to open. It's an exciting time as your hard work to find a job starts to reap results and you could find yourself in a position where your circumstances change very quickly and you can no longer attend an interview. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to reschedule or cancel an interview, there are appropriate ways of doing this so that you don't burn any bridges and still leave a favourable impression in the mind of the recruiter, even if you no longer want that role.

You want to reschedule:

We all know that sometimes things happen in life that are beyond our control. Whether you're unwell, your car breaks down or a family emergency arises, there could be occasions when you will need to reschedule an interview. Most recruiters and hiring managers understand that situations can arise and will appreciate your honesty. If you do need to reschedule an interview, it's worth doing the following: Give as much notice as possible: Whether you want to reschedule an interview or simply cancel, it's important to let the employer (or your recruiter if you're going through a recruitment agency) know as soon as possible. The interviewer's time is valuable and by giving them enough notice, they may be able to interview another applicant in the slot you have given up or attend another appointment. If you are ill: If you turn up to an interview when you are sick, not only are you unlikely to do yourself any justice, you're also likely to raise concerns with the hiring manager (who probably won't appreciate being exposed to your illness). If you need to reschedule due to being unwell, it's a good idea to:
  • Give yourself enough time to recover: They may not be so willing to reschedule a second time.
  • Be as flexible as possible: Have some dates and times ready to suggest but also try and be as flexible as possible to accommodate their suggested time slot.
  • Thank them: Let them know that you understand their schedules are busy and appreciate them allowing you to rearrange the interview.

You don't want to reschedule:

If you are no longer interested in the role: If you've reflected further on the role and decided you no longer want to attend the interview or you've accepted another job elsewhere, be sure to let your recruiter know with plenty of notice (or the employer if you've arranged the interview with them directly). By being professional and courteous, you'll keep the door open if your circumstances change in the future and keep your good reputation intact. Tip: If you don't have another job lined up, it's often worth keeping an open mind and going along to an interview even if you have some doubts. You can use this as an opportunity to find out more and then make an informed decision if you're given the opportunity to take it further. You may be pleasantly surprised and if nothing else, it's all useful experience. If however you are definitely sure you wouldn't want to take it further then cancelling is the best option to avoid wasting your own time and the time of the employer or recruiter. If you have accepted another job: If you decide you no longer wish to attend a job interview because you've accepted a role elsewhere then as above, it's still a good idea to give as much notice as possible. Recruiters and employers will understand that circumstances change and will appreciate that you are not wasting their time. Word spreads... Whatever your reasons for choosing to cancel or reschedule an interview, always be professional and considerate to the people interviewing you by letting them know about your change of circumstances as soon as you can. It's a small world and your actions (positive and negative) could affect your recruitment opportunities in the future so it's always worth keeping this at the back of your mind to maintain your good reputation and keep doors open. If you'd like help finding a new job please call the Ascendant Recruitment team on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV to .