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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Warehouse Supervisor Milton Keynes
£22000 - £25000

Ascendant recruitment is recruiting for a warehouse supervisor based in Milton Keynes.   Monday to Friday   Day hours -  TBC   Permanent position   £22,000 - £25,000   Warehouse Supervisor Duties: Accomplishes warehouse human resource objectives by selecting, orienting, training, assigning, scheduling, coaching, counselling, motivating and disciplining employees; communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising job contributions; recommending compensation actions; adhering to policies and procedures. Meets warehouse operational standards by contributing warehouse information to strategic plans and reviews; implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolving problems; identifying warehouse system improvements. Delivers supplies and equipment to departments by receiving and transferring items using WMS Hand Scanners. Maintains storage area by organising floor space; adhering to storage design principles; recommending improvements. Maintains inventory by conducting physical counts; reconciling variances; inputting data where applicable and on-the spot checking of picked orders Secures warehouse by ensuring all doors are kept closed at all times and secured appropriately at day end Keeps equipment operating by enforcing operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; requiring preventive maintenance; calling for repairs.   Responsibilities: Achieve high levels of customer satisfaction through hands-on management within the areas of good receipt, picking, dispatching, re-work, and assuring quality of goods through to Customer delivery Measure and report the effectiveness of warehousing activities and employees performance Organise and maintain inventory and storage areas Ensure shipments’, inventory transactions’ and returns management accuracy through the use of WMS and Hand Scanning functions Communicate job expectations and coach employees, providing on-the job training and specific work instructions, updating staff training records as appropriate Determine staffing levels and assign daily workload Interface with internal customers to answer questions or solve problems Identify areas of improvement and establish innovative or adjust existing work procedures and practices Confer and coordinate activities with other departments Friday     Requirements: Proven warehouse supervisory experience Highly effective supervisory skills and techniques Knowledge of warehouse software packages and MS Office proficiency and working knowledge of SAP WMS systems Ability to input, retrieve and analyse data Hands-on commitment to getting the job done Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and people motivator Proven ability to direct and coordinate operations Strong organisational and time management skills Knowledge of Health & Safety requirements   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 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!

Customer Service Administrator
£19000 - £20000

  My client is seeking a passionate Customer Service administrator to support a successful and busy office in Northampton Town Centre (competitive salary plus bonus & great working environment)   The principal responsibilities of the Customer Service Administrator are:-   Managing a portfolio of properties.  Dealing with general maintenance queries, reporting repair issues to the landlord and upon consent arranging quotations from our preferred contractors.  Liaising with the tenant throughout the process Liaising with other departments within the company to ensure queries are dealt with and answered correctly, in a timely fashion Inputting of returned inventories Preparing letters to tenants advising of property visit dates Completion of weekly reports Provide cover for the office one Saturday in four Inputting of all property visits carried out within a set time Preparing visits (all documentation) required for the visit clerk Carrying out of property visits and inventories when required Booking in/out keys for the upcoming visits   The successful candidate will have:- A minimum of five years’ experience in administration and customer service A proven track record of working to and exceeding targets Must be a good team player, whilst able to work to personal targets Self-motivated and able to work under pressure Have worked in an environment that offers exceptional customer service Car driver as visiting properties is sometimes required IT literate with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Have an excellent telephone manner and be confident at dealing with challenging situations. Have an elevated level of attention to detail   You will be required to work one Saturday in every four.   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!

Regional Sales Manager - Italy, Spain & Portugal
Salary negotiable dependent upon experience

Location: UK or Germany based role with European travel. Successful candidates will be based in the UK or Germany and will travel to Italy for customer meetings and less frequently to Spain and Portugal.   Market Sector Served: Polymers   My client is a long-established and widely-recognised supplier of polymers for the rotational moulding industry serving an international client base. With a strong recent track record of business growth, they currently operate from five manufacturing plants located in the UK, Eastern Europe, Australasia and Malaysia from which materials and ancillary items are supplied to customers involved in the manufacture of rotationally moulded products.   About the job:   The company already have an established business presence in this region and seeks to increase its market share through targeted, dedicated and sustained account management and business development activities. The role will also require the individual to co-ordinate the provision of technical support to target customers in the region as a means to develop new business opportunities. The role is accountable for the profitable achievements of sales objectives associated with the assigned market and segment.  The role requires extensive travel across Europe.   Reporting directly to the European Sales Director, the successful applicant will be responsible for a wide range of activities, which would include:   • Meet performance objectives of the sales budget, focusing on gross margin, and monitor throughout the month reporting any deviations. • Liaising with the European Sales Manager, ensuring sales targets are met. • Forecast sales, implement “out of the box” sales strategies/models and evaluate their effectiveness. • Prepare and maintain account plans for any account within the company’s Top 40 customers (and any others nominated by the European Sales Manager). • Evaluate customers’ needs and build productive long lasting relationships. • Research accounts and generate or follow through sales leads. • Analyse current marketplace and feeding back market and competitive information. • Attend meeting, sales events and training to keep abreast of the latest developments. • Work with marketing and technical team to deliver improvements in brand engagement scores across the assigned region. • Maintain and expand client database within your assigned territory.   Consistently delivering value • Work closely with the Technical, Operations and Sales Administration departments to ensure that customers are getting excellent timely support and service. • Monitor customer specific stocks and provide accurate and timely information on customers’ forward demand requirements, including providing a monthly forecast for your region’s material requirements. • Assist the Sales Support team with the timely collection of cash. • Seek out and identify new opportunities for sales and profit growth with existing and new customers. Develop and maintain the necessary flow of new business to ensure you achieve your personal budget for each financial year. • Undertake regular travel to meet key decision makers within the customer base.   About you:   • A minimum of five years’ field sales experience with a professional industrial sales manufacturer (preference given to candidates from a plastics background) • A technical qualification is not required although this would be seen as an advantage • A proven background in account management, developing new opportunities and winning new business, as well as in depth understanding of sales and marketing principles • Must be a problem solver and have exceptional time management skills • Numeric skill: able to read behind the figures • Demonstrable capabilities in value selling within an industrial environment • Strong communication skills • Confidence, Perseverance and Patience • Proficient and effective in sales presentations • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, must be fluent in Italian (Additional languages, particularly Spanish, highly desirable but not essential) • Strong IT skills (MS Word, MS Excel used extensively) as well as skilled as user of sales CRM systems   Package:   In return an excellent salary and benefits package will be provided reflecting skills and experience offered.

Regional Sales Manager - UK & Scandinavian Region
Salary negotiable dependent on experience

Location: UK based role with European travel Market Sector Served: Polymers My client is a long-established and widely-recognised supplier of polymers for the rotational moulding industry serving an international client base. With a strong recent track record of business growth, they currently operate from five manufacturing plants located in the UK, Eastern Europe, Australasia and Malaysia from which materials and ancillary items are supplied to customers involved in the manufacture of rotationally moulded products. About the job The company already have an established business presence in this region and seeks to increase its market share through targeted, dedicated and sustained account management and business development activities. The role will also require the individual to co-ordinate the provision of technical support to target customers in the region as a means to develop new business opportunities. The role is accountable for the profitable achievements of sales objectives associated with the assigned market and segment.  The role requires extensive travel across the UK and Scandinavia.   Reporting directly to the European Sales Director, the successful applicant will be responsible for a wide range of activities, which would include: • Meet performance objectives of the sales budget, focusing on gross margin, and monitor throughout the month reporting any deviations. • Liaising with the European Sales Manager, ensuring sales targets are met. • Forecast sales, implement “out of the box” sales strategies/models and evaluate their effectiveness. • Prepare and maintain account plans for any account within the company’s Top 40 customers (and any others nominated by the European Sales Manager). • Evaluate customers’ needs and build productive long lasting relationships. • Research accounts and generate or follow through sales leads. • Analyse current marketplace and feeding back market and competitive information. • Attend meeting, sales events and training to keep abreast of the latest developments. • Work with marketing and technical team to deliver improvements in brand engagement scores across the assigned region. • Maintain and expand client database within your assigned territory.   Consistently delivering value • Work closely with the Technical, Operations and Sales Administration departments to ensure that customers are getting excellent timely support and service. • Monitor customer specific stocks and provide accurate and timely information on customers’ forward demand requirements, including providing a monthly forecast for your region’s material requirements. • Assist the Sales Support team with the timely collection of cash. • Seek out and identify new opportunities for sales and profit growth with existing and new customers. Develop and maintain the necessary flow of new business to ensure you achieve your personal budget for each financial year. • Undertake regular travel to meet key decision makers within the customer base.   About you • A minimum of five years’ field sales experience with a professional industrial sales manufacturer (preference given to candidates from a plastics background) • A technical qualification is not required although this would be seen as an advantage •  A proven background in account management, developing new opportunities and winning new business, as well as in depth understanding of sales and marketing principles • Must be a problem solver and have a exceptional time management skills • Numeric skill: able to read behind the figures • Demonstrable capabilities in value selling within an industrial environment • Strong communication skills • Confidence, Perseverance and Patience • Proficient and effective in sales presentations • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; must be fluent in Italian (Additional languages, particularly Spanish, highly desirable but not essential) • Strong IT skills (MS Word, MS Excel used extensively) as well as skilled as user of sales CRM systems   Package: In return an excellent salary and benefits package will be provided reflecting skills and experience offered.

Latest Insights

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Announcing Augusts Temp of the Month winner!

Congratulations to our latest Temp of the Month winner, Iain Tarbuck! He was nominated by his manager, Steve Newell, who's been incredibly impressed by Iain's work ethic and dedication. Steve said: "Iain has performed fantastically on the new flow line we set up recently. Also his commitment to work has been great. His car broke down the other week and he still managed to get here via public transport whilst his car was off the road. A very worthwhile winner." Iain wins an Amazon voucher with our thanks for his great work. We caught up with him to offer our congratulations and find out more about his experience of temping with Ascendant Recruitment.   How do you feel about winning temp of the month? Pleased to have won. It's great to hear such nice words. What do you like about the company you're working for? I enjoy working with the team to get work completed. What do you enjoy about your current role? I enjoy assembling the cabinets and making sure the work is completed to a high standard. How will you spend your Amazon voucher? I will treat myself to something to do with golf. Congratulations to Iain. 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 toinfo@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk Photo: L-R,Steve Newell, Iain Tarbuck

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Customer Service Champion Announced For August

Our consultants received some fantastic reviews from candidates during August and after careful consideration, we selected this one as the best: 'I cannot believe the care and attention Sharan has paid me in just 1 week. Having first spoken to Sharan on 2nd August, come for an interview on 3rd August at the agency, gone for an interview with an employer on 9th August and started work on 10th August - the experience has been amazing. Sharan has checked in with me to see if I have settled in OK, and spoken to the Company to see if I turned up for 'Day 2'. Sharan, I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me. I am loving my new role in the Accounts department, and the whole team are so friendly, that I couldn't ask for more.' Congratulations to Sharan Lidder, our Customer Service Champion for August for receiving this testimonial from her candidate Lynne. She wins an Amazon voucher with our thanks. If you'd like our team to help you find a job you love too, please call 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) or email info@ascendantrecruitment.co.uk .