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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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!

Italian Speaking Administrator
21000 - 23000 per annum 24 Days Holiday

Italian speaking Sales Support AdministratorLocation: NorthamptonSalary bracket: £21 - £23K per annum depending on experienceMy client is one of the world's leading suppliers of raw materials in it's industry sector and is looking for an experienced and passionate Italian speaking Sales Support Administrator to join their small, but perfectly formed team!The Role:The Sales Support team works closely with our Field Sales Managers to provide outstanding Customer Service and Care to our customers.The key tasks of Sales Support are: -Provide wide ranging administrative support to Field Sales Manager such as checking stock levels, material costs and previous selling pricesProcessing orders and following through from production to delivery, updating the customer at all times with the progress of orders.Quoting and securing orders from our existing customer baseDealing with customer complaintsContacting customers regarding late payment of invoicesOccasional customer visits or attendance at an industry event (possibly abroad)Profile:The successful candidate will ideally have had experience working in a high-pressure customer service role and have knowledge and understanding of the sales order / manufacturing supply chain process, from enquiry through to delivery. Fluent Italian and French skills (both verbally and written) are also required.Knowledge of export shipping documentation such as dealing with commercial invoices, bills of lading and airway bills is highly desirable but not essential for this role, as the candidate will be dealing predominantly with our European customers.Key attributes for the role are:A high level of accuracy and attention to detailExcellent written and verbal communication skillsStrong IT skills (MS Word, MS Excel used extensively)ProactiveDue 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!

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Mental Health in the workplace dont suffer in silence!

We wanted to focus this week's blog on Mental Health Awareness Week - the theme for 2018 is something that can affect us all - stress! The week runs from 14-20 May and I'm sure you'll find lots of information available on social media, but we wanted to add in some useful hints and tips related to job hunting and work in general. Gemma Jones, the driving force behind our very busy Milton Keynes temporary division is hosting the blog and shares some of her thoughts about stress and mental health in the workplace and tells you about some of her top hints and tips to keep her stress levels at bay! "I'm really lucky that I really enjoy my job - I've got a really supportive team and we work well together. But, saying that, recruitment is one of THE most stressful industries; it's very fast paced, especially when you're recruiting temporary workers because the clients need staff and they need them NOW. I really thrive on the buzz, but I do need to make sure I manage my stress levels as it's so important for your overall wellbeing. I feel very strongly about employers understanding and recognising stress in the workplace. In a 2016/17 survey by the Health & Safety Executive, it was reported that 12.5 million working days were lost due to stress, depression and anxiety. Of this number, each person suffering took off an average of 23.8 days. This is a huge number and I strongly believe that many of these days lost could be avoided if employers either don't know how to help their staff or don't want to. There is a useful page on the Mental Health Foundation's website that gives employers some hints and tips about how to manage work life balance to support positive mental health. For me, the most important thing to do is to have somewhere people can be signposted to for advice if they are struggling and a culture where people talk openly about mental health and stress in particular. There is a lot being done to raise awareness of mental health issues and stress and it's great that people are talking about it more openly, however there's still a lot of people suffering and it's resulting in loads of days off and an impact on people's general health and wellbeing. No matter the stress you're feeling, please take time out and try your best to put things in perspective. Secondly, seek support from someone within your company that can help remedy the things that are contributing to your work stress. Check your contract of employment or employee handbook to find out who can help you, or speak to your HR team in confidence if you need some support. The charity MIND has a branch that works across Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Luton. They offer support and training for companies in the local area and I think that this is really encouraging. If you think you might need to train your staff and managers about how to spot the signs of stress in the workplace and put some measures in place to reduce this, then please check out their site here. If you're an individual and need some help with your mental health and wellbeing, please check out the services on offer for people here. If you're based in Northamptonshire, the branch that covers the area can be found here. The things that help me to de-stress are my cat Lola (pictured). You can find out more about the benefits of pets on mental health and wellbeing on this post. I also really enjoy exercise, which is widely known to help reduce the stress levels - so you'll often find me at a Spin class or boxing to take out the day's frustrations. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I also like to tidy up and clear out things that I'm not using any more. Holding on to things I don't need any more is a 'clutter' that I don't need - both physically and mentally. But my biggest piece of advice is to try different things - you might be surprised by what helps you to destress and unwind." If you're struggling with stress in the workplace, please don't suffer in silence and try to get some help. If you want to discuss your career options, please give the Ascendant Recruitment team a call on 01908 200270 for our MK office or 01604 439380 for Northampton.

Making the impossiblepossible

This is the last in this series of blog posts about flexible working, having previously shared Sharan and Sue's stories. We want to share some practical hints and tips so that if you're in a position and hoping to alter your hours to work flexibly, you've got some resources to access to help you prepare. There's some useful resources on the government's flexible working web pages and that's a great place to start. If you've been in a role for over 26 weeks, then you are entitled to put a request forward for your employer. The website explains the steps you should take and what the employers' responsibility is. There are lots of ways you can request flexible working, including:

  • Job sharing
  • Working from home
  • Part time hours
  • Compressed hours
  • Use of flexi time
  • Annualised hours - a certain number of hours spread over the year
  • Different start and finish times to other employees
  • Phased retirement
If you prepare your case properly and do your research, your employer will need a solid business reason as to why they cannot uphold your request for flexible working. If you take a look at this page on the government's website, you'll find out more about how you can make a request and how an employer should respond to it. Throughout this series of blog posts, we've featured some of our staff and this time, we're sharing Anna's story. Anna is one of our consultants working in the permanent placements team. Anna is mum to Zachary who's 4 and Mia who is 3. "Nick really did make the impossible seem possible when he approached me about a role at Ascendant Recruitment. I had my children quite close together and then spent over 2 years as a stay at home mum. Like many women, I found that life with children wasn't all coffee shops and play dates, but isolating, not mentally stimulating and sometimes thankless! I was also concerned about having too long a gap away from the workplace - it would have affected my employability and my confidence. Initially, it was difficult trying to learn the ropes in a new organisation, but the team are really supportive and understanding. We communicate well and have great systems in place to make sure we can respond to clients and candidates. I often take my laptop home and screen CV's and call candidates once the kids are in bed. From a candidate perspective, it's better for them that I can speak to them when they aren't at work - so flexible working can be a real benefit in recruitment. There are times when I must adjust my work to fit around my family, but I'm never made to feel guilty and the team know I put the hours in - just not always in core office hours. I think a lot of employers should consider offering flexibility as they're missing out on great people otherwise." If you would like advice about how to approach your employer to discuss flexible working or want to find out more about the flexible roles that we have available through Ascendant Recruitment, please get in touch on info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk