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, Bid Management 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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Customer Experience Representative

Do you want a career as opposed to a job? Do you want to work for a company where you aren't made to feel "just a number"? Are you passionate about offering the best service to customers?   Full-time, permanent role. Salary up to £19,000. The Company Our client, the head office for a very well known brand based in Milton Keynes, are seeking an experienced Customer Service advisor to join their vibrant team! The working environment is extremely unique, with plenty of fun but also very hard-working and results-orientated. They are passionate that all employees with be rewarded for their efforts and feel appreciated. The Role The primary focus of the role is to offer Customer Service on the telephone and via email. You will be the first port of call for any incoming enquiries and will take ownership of the question or query until completion, sometimes liaising with other internal departments. You will sometimes receive challenging calls, but will demonstrate to the client that you genuinely care and resolve issues to the best of your ability. Your responsibilities will include: Remain in constant communication with a team of account managers and work closely to deliver sales support and attend to all customer requirements. Responsibility for administering new product orders Ensuring members’ details are displayed promptly, accurately and are updated regularly. Maintaining the customer contact database - ensuring it is up to date and accurate. Liaising with other business units and technology teams to troubleshoot and resolve customer enquiries. Continual commitment to pro-actively improve and develop the growing team - by taking responsibility for areas outside of the regular remit of the role to ensure the success of the business unit. The Person In order to be suitable for this role you will have the following skills/experience: You strongly believe 'good enough is never good enough' Excellent eye for detail and accuracy Analytical and confident with data analysis Driven to exceed customer’s expectations Problem solver with the ability to take ownership & resolve issues Strong communication skills Ability to challenge ideas and ask questions Must be competent in using a PC, particularly confident in Word and Excel, and ideally have had some experience of an image/graphics editing package (i.e. Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop). To discuss this exciting career opportunity further, please apply online now via this advert!   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 short-listed 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!

Assistant Brand Manager
Circa 25,000

Full time, permanent role. Salary up to £25,000 per annum.   The Business Our Milton Keynes based client has ambitious plans for growth to double the current turnover in the next 2 years! With big company experience, the small team have a down to earth approach with a genuine desire to deliver results in a fast paced business. With an entrepreneurial culture, everyone has a real impact on the success of the business and close teamwork with open communication is key.   The Role They are looking for a zealous Assistant Brand Manager to support the Marketing department. You will help develop & implement effective brand-building strategies as well as providing day to day marketing support. Reporting to the Brand Manager, the successful candidate will benefit from varied marketing responsibilities within this small but fast moving company. This is a new role to support the Marketing Department in their day to day activities as the business undergoes rapid growth. Main responsibilities: Undertake daily administrative tasks and coordination of the department’s activities Help develop & optimise marketing campaigns (product launches & promotions) Review, track & report on all aspects of industry, competitor & market trends Assist in the organisation of promotional events and attend them to facilitate their success Compose and post online content on the company’s website and social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, blogs and newsletter Look after product image requests including arranging product photography and keeping Brandbank up to date Assist with packaging amends/updates Update spreadsheets, databases and inventories with statistical, financial and non-financial information Prepare and deliver promotional presentations Skills and Experience Required Proven experience as an Assistant Brand Manager or similar position within the FOOD industry Organisational skills, ability to multi-task and adhere to deadlines Ability to conduct research & analyse data Excellent communication and organisational skills with a customer-oriented approach Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Excel and Powerpoint essential Proficient with social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat Self-motivated, keen to learn and develop new skills Full driving licence & own car   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. To keep up to date with all of our vacancies please follow us on twitter, like us on face book and register with us on our own website.

Entry Level Research and Development Technician
£7.50 - £7.50

Ascendant Recruitment are recruiting for a Research and Development Technician. The position is a temporary to permanent position based in Leighton Buzzard Hours are between 8.00 to 17.15 Monday to Thursday, and 8.00 to 13.00 on Fridays. The position will be within the Moulding /R & D department for a Moulding / R & D Technician. The successful candidate will work together with the current Moulding/R & D Technician and report to the Project Engineer. The role will involve: Manufacturing, hydrating, and characterising moulded end products Aiding in R & D projects when required. Key Duties and Responsibilities: Manufacturing of moulded lenses from injection moulding through monomer preparation and cast moulding to mould opening, dry inspection, hydration and final wet inspection. All ancillary duties required to maintain the process in an efficient and compliant status. Assist in R & D projects when required. Written and verbal liaison with all other departments. Personal Qualities: Able to work unsupervised or part of a small team. Able to be flexible in break times to ensure processes are completed correctly. Able to self-manage. Keen interest to learn and self-develop. Proactive about continual process improvement. Good communication skills. Please call or email Gemma for more information. 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!

Production Operatives Leighton Buzzard
£7.50 - £7.50

Ascendant recruitment is recruiting for various production roles within Leighton Buzzard. The position is to assist with production of small goods, working in a clean and hygienic environment. The hours are Monday to Friday. Early and day shifts available. Full time 40 hours a week. Temporary to permanent. No experience required £7.50 per hour Please call or email Gemma for more information. 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!

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Five psychological tips to help you impress at interview

As you're no doubt aware, job interviews can be stressful, anxious affairs, which is why thorough pre-interview preparation is absolutely essential. Once you've planned your outfit to make sure you're dressed to impress, undertaken comprehensive research of the company and role, planned your route to make sure you arrive in plenty of time and practised answering potential interview questions, you should be feeling more confident and organised. No matter how prepared you might be, you're still likely to be feeling some nerves. However, there are lots of little psychological tricks that can help you appear more confident, amiable, competent and ultimately hireable. So peruse our list of simple strategies which could give you the edge on your competitors and do wonders for your chances of landing that dream job.   Create a positive impression with your hands It's a good idea sit up straight at interview, as a sloppy posture indicates nervousness, disinterest or lack of energy. However, what you do with your hands will also make an impression on the interviewer. Being too expressive and overdoing it with hand gestures can be distracting and take the emphasis away from what you are saying. A handy tip is to turn your palms upward, as this shows honesty and sincerity, whereas hiding your hands or turning them downwards indicates you have something to hide. Other negative gestures to avoid include folding your arms and drumming your fingers, as these indicate displeasure and impatience respectively. Take advantage of pre-interview small talk According to a recent study, the pre-interview chat that takes place before the real business begins can have a huge impact on how the interviewer perceives you. Research conducted by a US university found that candidates who did a good job of rapport building beforehand received higher scores for their answers in mock interviews. This indicates that the interviewer's impressions of a candidate could be swayed positively or negatively by pre-interview small talk. This ties in with what psychologists call 'similarity-attraction hypothesis' whereby we instinctively gravitate towards people who share a similar outlook to our own. This is useful knowledge, which can also be applied in the job interview itself. By researching your interviewer beforehand on LinkedIn and other social media channels, you may be able to gain an insight into their values, interests and ideals, giving you the opportunity to work the conversation round to that subject and create a positive impression. Talk about your potential Whilst talking about your accomplishments and past successes at work will give the interviewer a flavour of your experience and capabilities, research suggests you should also focus on what you could do in the future if you were hired. An experiment carried out by Harvard Business School found that interviewers were naturally more drawn to candidates with potential than those with experience. Psychologists believe this is because our brains tend to focus on uncertain information in an attempt to find an answer. If this information is positive, such as the potential to be successful in the future, it stands to reason that we'll view those people more favourably. Impress your interviewer Once the interview is underway, there are some handy hints and tips you should remember that will help you impress and build a strong bond. In his bestselling book, 'How to Win Friends and Influence People', Dale Carnegie describes how "a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language." The fact is, we are naturally drawn to people who use our name and view them in a more positive light than those who don't. Therefore, Carnegie advises that you use the person's name throughout the interview, within reason and when appropriate, in order to make a good impression. As well as remembering your interviewer's name, implementing a psychological strategy called 'reflective listening' could also do wonders for your career prospects. By listening carefully to what the other person says, you can then paraphrase them to emphasise your understanding and interest. This helps portray you as someone who is intelligent, attentive and extremely keen. Ask the interviewer this question The end of the interview is your chance to ask questions and one of the strongest you can ask from a psychological perspective is "Why did you invite me for an interview?" It may seem a strange question, but it's extremely powerful because it forces the interviewer to focus on your strong points and all the things they like about you, meaning the meeting ends on a positive note.   These psychological tips are designed to give you a competitive edge in your interview by helping you build rapport and create a positive, lasting impression. However, it's still vitally important that you prepare thoroughly by researching the company, preparing your responses to questions and arriving for your interview in plenty of time. Once you've got this basic preparation sorted, employing some of these psychological tips when appropriate could help you get the better of your competitors and land that job.

5 reasons to always be recruiting (even if youre not hiring)

Having a proactive recruitment strategy can bring great benefits to a company, yet many employers still choose to recruit reactively, waiting for someone to hand in their notice before advertising a new position. A business can potentially experience major setbacks when recruiting in this way, both in terms of the quality of the person they eventually recruit and the time it takes to find them. In this blog we share 5 reasons why you should always be recruiting, even if you don't have a vacancy right now. 1. You'll hire the best person (not the best person who happens to be available): If you recruit proactively, you'll have a much wider choice of people to choose from as you'll already have developed a pipeline of candidates who are potentially the right fit for the job. However, if you wait until the position opens up before looking, you'll leave yourself with a limited selection of candidates who have consciously decided to make themselves available at that time, vastly shrinking the pool of talent you can choose from. This will help you avoid the panic recruit which can sometimes happen when a hiring manager gets desperate! 2. You'll be prepared for the unexpected: How much would your company suffer if a key employee left or fell ill today? A sudden illness or an unexpected resignation could have a significant impact on your team and in turn, your customers, particularly if you're working in a smaller company. By operating a year-round recruitment process, you'll be in a much stronger position to swiftly bring another person into the business to take on the additional workload, relieving the pressure on the rest of the team and allowing you to maintain service levels. 3. You can involve the team: If you foster a culture of year-round recruiting, you can create an environment where your employees also play a part in finding and engaging good people too and reward them accordingly. Embedding this in your culture should also help to reduce underperformance and complacency amongst members of staff as they'll be less likely to take their own positions for granted, knowing that their managers are regularly meeting potential future recruits for the business. 4. You can gain fresh ideas and knowledge: Regularly interviewing people will help keep you up-to-date with the latest industry trends and inspire ideas for development. It's also a good way of checking how your salary package stacks up against comparable roles in the industry and this knowledge will help you attract new recruits as well as retain existing employees. 5. You'll improve your own interview skills: It takes practice to become a great interviewer. Once you've decided that your interviewee could have a future within your company, you'll want to do everything you can to engage them and sell the opportunity to them so that they are as impressed with you as you are with them. By interviewing people regularly and perfecting your technique, you'll increase your chances of achieving this. Managing expectations It's vital that if you put an ongoing recruitment system into practice, you're always open and honest with your candidates that there may not be an immediate position available. As long as you're upfront about this, you should be able to develop a strong network of contacts for the future. In summary, if you wait until a new job opportunity opens up before you start searching to fill it, you'll always be playing catch up. By building an ongoing pipeline of suitable candidates, you'll be in an ideal position to fill your jobs with high quality people with the skill-set and personal qualities your business needs as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you'd like Ascendant Recruitment to help you find new talent for your business in the fields of Office Support, Sales & Marketing, Finance & Accountancy, Human Resources, Warehousing & Logistics or Bid Management, please contact your nearest office on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email