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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Corporate Financial Accountant
Up to 37.5kpa

An exciting opportunity has become available working for a global client with an office located in central Milton Keynes. Our client is looking for a Financial Accountant to join a very busy team managing one of their larger client accounts on a full time permanent basis. This role would be a great role for a newly qualified or part qualified person who is looking for a hands on challenging role where they can work as part of a close, solid and enthusiastic team. The Role Prepare accurate management accounts, adding value wherever possible (technical, problem solving). Schedule, supervise, and review work to ensure appropriate standards are met. Ensure effective controls are in place to ensure compliance of company policies and procedures. Ensure client deadlines & expectations are met or exceeded (client focus, managing self and others, goal/results focus). High quality service provided to all clients (client focus, attention to detail/quality). Monitor the workloads of assistant team members and provide cover where necessary. Review work undertaken by the assistant team members, providing feedback and development objectives Assist in ensuring the performance of the team is controlled and monitored against set targets and procedures. Conduct an analytical review of the P&L, variance analysis and appropriate commentary. Take responsibility for all balance sheet and payroll reconciliations. VAT returns preparation, EC sales list, P11d’s and intra stat accounts preparation Responsible for the preparation and completion of all relevant CEAPS, engagement letters, under recovery forms and billing. Responsible for identifying early any out of scope/ change management requirements and ensuring these are properly documented Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the management accounts including entries instructed by the client Demonstrate an understanding of the client’s business Train and develop the team on an ongoing basis, identifying individuals’ strengths and development areas. Ensure the team is aware of its priorities and goals, and that team members are working together to achieve these. Completion of Earnings Summaries for client’s private tax accountants to complete returns Tax equalization schedules Assistance with providing tax team information to complete P11D’s/PSA Ensuring adherence to relevant client policies regarding approval for payment of requested items Key Competencies: Ideally you will have SAP experience but this is not essential You will have a minimum of 5 years experience of working within a varied accounts role The ability to take charge and support managers with supervision when required To be Qualified or Part Qualified studying towards an accounting qualification Excellent organisational and communication skills Intermediate Excel skills

Warehouse Operatives In Ridgmont
£17000 - £19000

Ascendant Recruitment are recruiting for Warehouse Operatives based in Ridgmont. Must be flexible 5 out of 7 days Various shifts ; Monday to Friday 5am – 2pm - £8 per hour 1pm – 10pm - £8 per hour 6pm – 3pm - £8 per hour plus £1.50 night shift rate Saturday and Sundays 8am – 5pm £17,000 starting salary with a possibly to increase to £19,000 in first 3 months. Temporary to permanent Immediate starts available Job Role will include; Picking and packing Goods in and out Reach truck driving Assisting with all general warehouse duties Goods in goods out Stock control Having a strong one team approach Please call or email Gemma for more information If you are looking for an opportunity to grow in a company where hard work is rewarded and where there is potential to grow, then we would like to hear from you! 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!

Billings & Collections Controller
30kpa dependent on experience

Ascendant Recruitment are working closely with an organisation who are looking to recruit a permanent full time Billings & Collections controller. This role is based in Buckingham within a prestigious setting. The ideal candidate MUST have a strong proven background in collections & billings or credit management. The Role: To be responsible for accurate billing and collections of clients over 3 sites To be responsible for accurate and timely account reconciliations, and all associated queries associated. To extend ‘extra’ support to all Client Business Managersby way of regular interactions, including occasional visits, and face to face support. To monitor all 3rd party supplier costs. To accurately report Cash Forecasting on a weekly and monthly basis, including debt recovery and cash collection patterns. Benefits Competitive salary Contributory Pension Scheme Private Healthcare Life Assurance Professional development 25 days Holiday plus Bank Holidays

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

Latest Insights

7 signs you should look for a new job in 2018

With Christmas done and the New Year celebrations out of the way, now is the time for reflection as we look back on the past year and make our plans for 2018. One of the most common resolutions people make during this period is to find a new job. It will come as no surprise that January is one of the busiest times for recruitment companies as people take the first steps towards finding their dream job. If you're not sure whether it's time to move on, here are some questions to ask yourself: Do you dread Monday mornings? Of course, we all enjoy the freedom of our weekends, but if you go to bed every Sunday evening with a feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach, you're probably working in the wrong place. Are you learning new things? Money is very rarely the only factor that plays a part in someone's decision to stay in a role or accept a new one. Studies show that employees (particularly Millennials) place training and development high on their agenda. If your role isn't challenging you anymore and you're starting to feel bored, it might be time to move on... Do you feel appreciated? One of the most common reasons people decide to move to new pastures is simply because they don't feel valued. Does your boss let you know when you've done a good job? Do they listen to your opinion? Are they sharing pertinent company information with you? Does your employer offer you flexibility when you need it? Are you fairly compensated financially for the job that you do? If you're answering no to the above questions, it's not surprising that your motivation has dipped and you could be much happier working for a company who values you. Are you being made promises that haven't been kept? Another key factor that drives employees to leave are broken promises. Typically these include promotions, additional training, a pay increase and new responsibilities. If you've been made promises that never materialise, it's likely you've started to lose trust in your employer and your energies are likely to be better spent with a company who follows through and takes action. Do you feel like you're making a difference? A key motivator for many people at work is being able to see the difference that their contribution is making and knowing that they are adding value. If you're starting to question the purpose of your role or indeed the values of the company you're working for, it's probably time to look for something more meaningful. Does your team hold similar values? Cultural fit can play an extremely important part in our happiness at work. Do your colleagues have a similar work ethic to you? If not it could potentially lead to frustration and resentment if you feel that you're doing more than your fair share compared with other members of the team. If this is the case it might be better to look for a role within a more like-minded company. Does your company offer the opportunities you want? In many cases, people decide to move on because they want to progress further and there are no more opportunities to do so. If you're hoping to progress and you still like your company, it's a good idea to look at other opportunities within the business that could allow you to expand your skill set. If not, then it's probably time to continue your growth elsewhere. There are many things to think about when you're trying to decide whether to leave your current role. These questions are certainly a good place to start and should help you realise what's missing from your current role and what's going to be important to you in your next company. You can then focus your energies on finding your perfect job in 2018. If you do decide the time is right to move on, it's worth downloading our free guide '5 Simple Steps to Guarantee More Job Interviews.'    

Win a CV Makeover and 50 towards your office wardrobe!

Returning to work after the festive period is never easy, especially if you're in a job you hate. January is traditionally one of the most popular times of year for jobseekers and competition is fierce. To stand a fighting chance of getting an interview, you need a CV that does you justice (having a trusted recruitment consultancy working on your behalf can work wonders too!). We know the difference a good CV can make in securing an interview so we're offering one lucky person the chance to win a CV makeover. Plus we'll throw in a £50 voucher towards an office outfit to help you feel your best at interview! To enter, simply click here and complete the short form. We'll draw a winner at random at midday on Friday 12th January. Good luck!