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

Milton Keynes is growing. And heres why!

2017 was a big year for Milton Keynes. As well as turning 50, recent research has revealed the area saw a 53% rise in jobs compared with the same period in 2016. This unprecedented growth easily surpassed the national average of 25% and got us thinking; why is Milton Keynes expanding at such a rapid rate? We've had a dig around and found some statistics that show why new start-ups, SMEs and large established businesses alike are flocking to the local area, helping Milton Keynes become one of the fastest growing areas in the UK.   Population The jobs market is not the only area where Milton Keynes is rapidly expanding; the population is also growing too. When Milton Keynes was established in 1967, it was home to just 60,000 people. By 2015, that number had swelled to over 261,000 residents, with the population increasing by over 17% between 2005 and 2015 alone. In addition, MK has the highest concentration of new build properties outside London. This means there is a high demand for housing, making the area extremely attractive to developers. Areas of growth are an extremely strong draw for businesses because they provide something which every company needs to thrive; a skilled workforce.   Skilled Workforce With over 55% of employees being educated to A-level standard or higher, a large number of young people enrolled on vocational training courses and one of the most productive workforces in the country, it's easy to see why businesses are looking to move to Milton Keynes. The area has a high proportion of small and medium-sized businesses working within the high tech and digital arenas and is also handily placed to attract graduates from the universities in Cranfield, Oxford and Cambridge. The fact that businesses have the confidence to relocate or start up here is testament to the forward-thinking, entrepreneurial spirit pervading the local area.   Accessibility People often poke fun at Milton Keynes because of the vast number of roundabouts dotted across the area, but this innovative road system means MK is extremely easy to navigate, with one of the shortest commute times in Europe. Many of the access roads are dual carriageways, meaning traffic is largely free-flowing. As a result, there are fewer bottlenecks and traffic jams, which means less stressful commutes for all concerned! Work is currently underway on ambitious expansion plans, which includes 10,000 new homes and carefully planned commercial business space, helping MK keep up with cities worldwide.   Location In addition to great accessibility, Milton Keynes is also handily located for Birmingham, London and the South East. The M1 connects it to the national motorway network and a high-speed rail link means you can be in the capital in around half an hour. For international travellers, there are a host of airports nearby, including Luton, Heathrow and East Midlands. With 7.5 million people living within a one hour drive of Milton Keynes, it's the perfect place to be if you're looking to be close to a huge potential customer base.   The last few years have seen great growth across Milton Keynes and the future is looking bright too! With a predominantly youthful population (half of all people in Milton Keynes are aged under 35) and ambitious growth plans, including 10,000 new homes and business development areas, the exciting times seem set to continue. If you'd like more information or details about everything Milton Keynes-related, please visit

Check out Januarys Temp of the Month winner!

Congratulations to Dominic Muir, the latest winner of our Temp of the Month award. He was nominated by Fiona Hodgkin, who's been incredibly impressed with Dominic's hard work and accurate approach. Fiona said: "Dominic was hired as a temp to extract data and enter it on a spreadsheet for us. Dominic anticipated and carried out the relevant checks unprompted, producing basic data to an extraordinary level of accuracy. His willingness to take up a challenge and see a project through to accurate completion is exemplary. He works well on his own and asks relevant, carefully thought-through questions to complete his tasks. He has been given more work of a similar nature and tackled it with relish. To say Dominic 'goes the extra mile' would be an understatement: we'd heartily recommend him as your Temp of the Month." Dominic receives an Amazon voucher and our thanks for all his hard work. We caught up with him to find out how he feels about the award.   How do you feel about winning temp of the month? Winning temp of the month has made me feel really valued by my team. I'm glad my employers believe I'm doing a good job. What do you like about the company you're working for? There is a great atmosphere here. The staff are always really friendly and professional and I've been made to feel very welcome. What do you enjoy about your current role? My current role as a Project Data Executive is really interesting and challenging. Although the work can be repetitive at times, the managers do their best to keep the role varied and stimulating. How would you describe your experience of temping with Ascendant Recruitment? Temping with Ascendant Recruitment gives me the reassurance of being placed in professional organisations. The friendly team are very efficient and always happy to help. How will you spend your Amazon voucher? On something techy. I'll be sure to keep you posted. Well done Dominic. If you're immediately available and want to find out more about our current temporary opportunities, please call 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email your CV Photo: L-R,James Cooke, Dominic Muir, Fiona Hodgkin