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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Contract Administrator
20000 - 22000 per annum

Contract AdministratorPermanent£22,000Milton Keynes Do you have administration experience and strong focus on accuracy?Yes? You could be just the person we are looking for Your key responsibilities as a Contract Administrator will include but are not limited to: Process documentation for asset finance agreements within set timeframes and ensure legal documents are executed efficientlyEnsure agreements are funded in a timely fashion, within agreed SLA'sResponsible for set-up, updating and alteration of financial agreements on the relevant IT systemsCheck completeness and accuracy of documentationLiaise with third party and internal partners as part of the contract pay out processEnsure credit limits are adhered toRaise sales invoicesManaging and resolving customer invoice queriesManaging bespoke funder processesProcessing of customer direct debit collectionsEnsure business compliance with implemented financial control processes and policiesSupport the wider finance and contracts team where necessary Skills and Abilities: Previous experience of administration and financeMinimum Maths and English GCSE's at a Grade B or above or equivalentStrong administration skillsExcellent written, verbal and interpersonal skillsStrong excel skills including ability to troubleshoot common problemsProven analytical and problem solving skillsStrong focus on accuracy and delivery within stipulated requirementsInterpersonal effectivenessProcess driven and attention to detailStrong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workload 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!

Business Analyst
30000 - 40000 per annum

Business AnalystPermanent£30,000 - £40,000Milton KeynesAn exciting opportunity for an experienced Business Analyst to join a well established international company. If you have experience and knowledge of the logistics sector, please read on… Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to: To analyse all areas of the Network at customer and network level from an efficiency and cost perspectiveTask /Process / Data analysisData and Processes analysisIdentification of trends, weak links and missed opportunities for performance and costs improvementTo make recommendations based on findings, highlighting good bad practiceProduce relevant KPI's depicting finding, working with Contract managers to support messages to customersCollaborating with IT and other Asset light logistics departments for the betterment of the service offering advising senior management and stakeholdersApplied analysis of Procurement initiatives within the cross-border networkCollaborate with Solutions Design department on new business opportunities annual network health checkShape monthly KPIs to depict performance for internal and external consumption Skills and Abilities: Experience and knowledge of the logistics sector is ESSENTIALExcellent and proven analytical skillsWritten and verbal communications, including business document writingUnderstanding of operational and system conceptsExperience of cost/benefit analysis and business case productionKnowledge & understanding of effective customer & supplier relationship management principlesAdvanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Visio. Proficient in the use of other Microsoft Office platforms including Word; PowerPoint; E-mailAn eye for accurate reporting abilities 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!

Export Manager
35000 - 40000 per annum

Export and Despatch ManagerPrimary objective: To manage all Sales Order Processing, Create works orders and arrange Despatch and Export of goods.Main Duties: Sales order processingOverseeing the creation of new customer accounts and ensuring that accounts/territories are compliant for trading and generally ensuring accounts are operating within the agreed credit limits.Leading and managing a small team validating, entering, amending and expediting customer orders to documented procedures, and ensuring customers are fully informed of acknowledged and amended delivery dates.Creating works orders as required and for configuring Bills of materials.The role will also be responsible for leading the migration to sales order entry.Pricing and enquiriesEnsuring that pricing system is maintained and customers receive requested information on pricing of goods, shipping costs, timeframes, export documentation in a timely and efficient manner.Packing and DespatchLeading and managing a small team packing and despatching cabinets, lockers and spares to global customers. Obtaining and forwarding as required, tracking details for each shipment.Exporting of productsPlanning in advance for exporting goods internationally into new territories that the business is unfamiliar with and ensuring the business is compliant with HRMC legislation and company exporting procedures and processes as appropriate.Being compliant will include types of packaging allowed for import as well as documents being correct in terms of commodity codes and origin of goods.Ensuring that all appropriate paperwork is produced and ready for despatch.InvoicingEnsure all goods are invoiced with correct VAT coding and upon despatch date.Support the SOP team in using web based invoicing systems and new technologies.Produce and develop statistical reports on order values/orders shipped as well as planned invoice forecast values to support financial planning and reporting.Customer Service:Ensuring that the teams provide and continually develop full customer support that exceeds expectation.General:Developing and producing Management Information for wider operational use to ensure continual development and improvement.Working with the Operational Director to develop procedures to maximise efficiency in order processing, despatch and invoicing.Recommending resourcing requirements and planning resource to suit the day to day requirements. Providing staff reviews, training and development as required.Ensuring full compliance with the Environmental and Health and Safety policies. Person Specification Experience: Management experience of running a teamExperience of having worked in a manufacturing companyExperienced in an international customer facing roleSolid understanding of ROW export requirements not just Europe (mainly Air/Road) and familiar with export documentation and terminology including dealing with Certificates of Origin, ATRs, AWBs, Letters of credit, etc using organisations such as Chambers of Commerce to produce.Knowledge and understanding of Incoterms and commodity codes.

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Ascendant Recruitment celebrating 15 years in business!

I hope you all had a great Easter break! I wanted to take some time to write the latest Ascendant Recruitment blog post as we've hit a huge landmark - 15 successful years in business. The official date was actually 3rd March (I set the business up on 03.03.03 so I'd always remember the date!). However, our plans were scuppered by the 'Beast from the East' and the team had to pull out all the stops to make sure our temporary teams were able to make their placements. There was also the little matter of my recent holiday so we've decided to put our proper plans to celebrate on hold! I wanted the focus of this blog to be around what I've learned in business over the last 15 years. Lots has changed in business over the past 15 years - I started Ascendant Recruitment before everyone had smart phones and Facebook - imagine that! I've personally learned a lot throughout the years and wanted to share 15 things I've learned in 15 years. Here goes. 1. Invest in yourself When you run your own business, there is no training department, appraisal system or boss to breathe down your neck! You need to constantly push yourself. Make the time to take courses, find people you can learn from and who will inspire you and if you can afford it, hire a business coach to help you take your business to the next level. 2. Cash really is king You need to be really good at credit control. You may be the most talented person in your field, but if you don't have good cash flow, your business will fail. This article shows that 90% of small businesses fail because of cash flow. 3. Be clear on what you stand for Ascendant Recruitment is deliberately different, and we pride ourselves on providing an excellent service to businesses in our local area. I have built this reputation up in Milton Keynes and Northampton alongside the excellent team I have working with me and to be successful you need to recruit people who buy into your vision. 4. Surround yourself with the best people you can find I have a great team of consultants and support staff at Ascendant Recruitment - you can learn more about them on our website. 5. If you can't change your people, change your people This is a great quote by Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. What Jim is saying is, try to develop your people to embrace your vision and goals, but if you have to admit defeat then you'll need to change the person by replacing them. When I'm recruiting within my own team, I'm really clear about my business goals and I've been really lucky to have been able to recruit a team that really 'get' where Ascendant Recruitment is going. 6. Selling = listening It's true; you have 2 ears and 1 mouth!Listening is a very hard skill believe it or not. Pay attention to the choice of words that somebody uses and their body language. Not what you've got to tell them next! 7. Be obsessive about what your customers say This goes back to the earlier point. Customers are such a wealth of information - fail to listen to what they've got to say is the worst mistake you can make in business. 8.Remember it's a marathon. Not a sprint Some of the biggest companies started out being based in people's homes (Apple, Disney, Google). Author JK Rowling's Harry Potter series was turned down multiple times. You won't achieve overnight success but if you have a strong plan, pace yourself by setting some realistic goals and keep going, you'll get there (but only if you've sorted out your cash flow!) 9. Remember you can do anything but not everything Make sure you're using your time as wisely as possible. If you're a great salesperson but rubbish at administration, get out there and sell and outsource your admin! If you can't afford to pay somebody full time then consider a virtual assistant. Find somebody through the Society of Virtual Assistants website. 10. Make sure you have at least 1 win everyday If you've got your plan and set yourself a daily goal, make sure you strive to achieve something every day. Sometimes, my win is to secure a new client, sometimes it might be something personal, like leaving the office on time. 11. Not all business is good business It's really hard to turn business away when it's your own company. But if a client or candidate doesn't fit in with your values as a business, then it's better in the long run to turn away and let them be a bad customer for somebody else. 12. Build a business that you want This goes back to the point about knowing your values and the type of company you want to be. You need to be profitable and deliver a service that the market wants but be true to yourself and passionate about the business that you're running - this will lead to success. 13. Beware of toxic people There have been many times in the last 15 years that I've met someone, and I couldn't quite put my finger on what didn't feel right about them. Generally, they had their own self-interests to serve so try to avoid these people! If somebody wants you to do something for nothing, then they won't value what you've got to give - trust your instincts! 14. Get a coach I mentioned this earlier. Not everybody can afford it, but as a business owner, it's really tough without a boss to guide you. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is a good thing for your business - there could be an easy win that you can't see because you're too close to it. If a coach is unaffordable, try to find an accountability buddy - somebody who can spur you on to achieve more who perhaps works in the same sector but in a different location. Make sure you use an accountant who can give you good business advice. And don't forget Linked In - find someone who has been there and done it and ask for their help. Lots of business owners, if approached politely will be generous with their time. 15. Every setback is an opportunity I'm incredibly passionate about setbacks being an opportunity for greater things. As the old saying by Churchill goes: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It's the courage to continue that counts." In business, there will be things that knock you down. In my second month of trading, my main client went bust and owed me £5,000. It put me in a really difficult position (note again the point about cash flow). But I used it as an opportunity to do more and do better next time. And 15 years later, I'm still learning these lessons but I'm still here! If you've enjoyed this blog post, we'd love to send you our regular updates - subscribe to the blog here to find out the latest news and views from the Ascendant Recruitment team. We are a growing team - if you're interested in a role as a consultant in our Northampton or Milton Keynes office, please drop us a line at We're looking for full time and part time roles and are offering a £1,000 incentive! Best wishes Nick Peacock Managing Director Ascendant Recruitment

Estelle- Temp of the month for Northampton

Congratulations Estelle! For her exceptional hard work, she's won Northampton's temp of the month and received a £20 voucher! Estelle is in the middle with her managers Patricia (left) and Abby (right) Estelle has kindly given Shaun Rickard, our consultant some gifts to say thank you!