Recruitment agency serving Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford

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, Oxford 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.

We have 5 specialist recruitment divisions: Office Support, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Accountancy and Warehousing & Logistics.

Our offices are in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford 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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Marketing Manager/Executive
£23000 - £45000

Marketing Manager/Executive £23,000 to £45,000 Abingdon – Milton Park   Would you like to discuss, define, plan and project manage the development of a life sciences brand?  Our client is currently looking for a dynamic and capable Marketing Manager or Marketing Executive – or just possibly both!   The Company This global firm has an exciting opportunity for a marketing professional to join their team based on Milton Park near Didcot and Abingdon.  This forward thinking business prides itself on hiring and developing the very best talent, so if you’re looking to work in a motivating and encouraging environment then this could be the role for you.   The Role Will include: Marketing, planning and implementation Direct Marketing campaigns and CRM Scientific event and Congress support Literature and marketing materials(design) preparation and production Customer Services   Concurrently you will be the driving force behind the effective co-ordination of integrated marketing campaigns, initiating, planning and implementing marketing activities of the company associated with raising brand awareness, lead generation and new product launches etc.  You will coordinate scientific input from business unit managers, suppliers and territory managers to apply their knowledge to successful marketing campaigns.  You will be expected to meet customers, attend meetings and participate in strategy discussions.  You will be passionate about sales and marketing.

Business Development Manager
£40000 - £45000

The Role Operating worldwide, this multi-disciplinary consultancy has unrivalled experience serving the property sector which has resulted in a requirement for an experienced Business Development Manager. The responsibilities of the successful post holder will be to increase sales opportunities within the property sector and maximise the companies’ market position. This will require an individual that is confident in finding new clients, developing existing relationships, sourcing new opportunities to bid against and operating in new market sectors   Responsibilities Work closely with account managers, project managers and operations managers to help identify opportunities and secure projects that meet target requirements Conduct face to face meetings with new clients to maximise opportunities Research potential new clients and pinpoint key decision makers to meet and pitch services to. Arrange and participate in internal and external client debriefs. Identify opportunities and routes to market that would lead to an increase in sales Represent and promote the company and its brand positively Provide regular progress reports on activity and opportunities Convert target clients into active prospects to increase portfolio and revenue stream.   Personal Requirements At least 3+ years working within a Business Development role within the Property industry A proven track record in business development and sales. A pro-active communicator with good written and verbal communication skills. Understands targets and revenue streams to achieve results. A self-driven, results orientated with a positive and “can do” attitude and a clear focus on high quality Business Group performance. An ability to generate leads, close opportunities and build and retain relationships with clients in order to achieve targets. Proven track record in negotiating, engaging and developing relationships in person. Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines and reprioritise and juggle work to ensure deadlines are achieved   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!

Technical Sales Specialist
Basic salary 23,500 + car + commission

Full time, permanent role. Basic salary £23,500 + company car and commission.   It is an exciting time for a very well-known Milton Keynes based company as they launch new products and move into the Industrial Cleaning industry!   As a Technical Sales Specialist your responsibilities will include: Building relationships with distributors and larger end users Booking meetings with distributors and retail stores Attending meetings and demonstrating products Giving presentations explaining features and benefits of products Due to the nature of the role you will be required to travel nationally, with some over night stays possible.   To be successful in this role you will: Have good people skills and the ability to build relationships Have the ability to generate own leads and book appointments Sales experience - technical sales preferential Experience giving demonstrations/presentations to clients Please apply today to find out more!   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.

Personal Assistant to CEO
£25000 - £30000

Personal Assistant to CEO £25,000 - £30,000 Wheatley/Oxford Would you love to work for a dynamic customer-focused multi-national organisation who truly recognises their staff?  Are you friendly, professional and have a ‘can do’ approach?  Working directly for the CEO of an expanding enterprising business! The Company A multi-national firm has an exciting opportunity for a HR Administrator to join their growing team at their Wheatley Office. This forward-thinking business pride themselves on hiring and developing the very best talent, so if you’re looking to work in a motivating and encouraging environment where you can make a real difference, this is the role for you. The Role Reporting directly to the CEO.  Duties will include: Diary Management Liaising with clients Travel arrangements Inbox management Providing first class customer service Administrative duties Organising Meetings The Person Firstly, you’ll be a practical, friendly, confident and an outgoing person who pays great attention to detail.  You must maintain high standards of work and professionalism at all times. It’s vital that you also have great interpersonal skills, a positive attitude and a good sense of humour. The Benefits On top of working within a great environment you will also be rewarded with a competitive salary, 25 days’ holiday, BUPA Healthcare, work place pension and Life Insurance.  Normal working hours are 9.0 am – 5.30 pm

Latest Insights

We're in the press!

Our MD Nick Peacock took part in the Burning Question feature in the latest issue of Recruitment Grapevine answering the following question: 'Will the gig economy affect your recruitment strategy?' Click here and turn to page 21 to read the full feature.

Meet the Team...introducing James Cooke

We're into our 4th week now of our Meet The Team Series, where each week, we're introducing a different member of the Ascendant Recruitment Team, so you can get to know us a little better. Following our interviews with Sascha, Gemma and Kelly, this week, we're interviewing Temporaries Consultant James Cooke. James isbased atour Milton Keynes Office. What were you doing before you worked here? I was a superhero (reason for leaving - career threatening injury). During the day I worked in estate agency!   When did you join Ascendant Recruitment? July 14th 2014   What's the most rewarding thing about your job? For me, especially on the temp side of things, it's to give people an opportunity to change career orlifestyle and give them a foot in the door to an office job. Nothing is more rewarding then telling someone who is so motivated to get into an office role that we have given them that chance.   What's your favourite thing about working here? My Marketing Manager!   What's the highlight of your recruitment career so far? Two things spring to mind:

  1. Winning theCustomer Service Champion Award for2016.
  2. Coming 3rdfor themost new business wins in 2015, my first full year with Ascendant (only losing to the two current divisional managers).
  What's the biggest lesson you've learned since working here? Don't judge a book by its cover. Some of the best candidates I have met have had little or no experience.   What do you like to do in your spare time? Play and watch football.   Please tell me a random/unusual fact about you: I once auditioned to be in an Adidas advert.   What do you think are the 3 most important traits/skills to have a successful career in recruitment?
  1. Persistence
  2. Passion
  3. The ability to build relationships
If you won the lottery what would you do? Travel without a doubt, I would probably invest a lot of it within property as well.   What would you like to be doing (career-wise) in 5 years' time? Get my break in football and play for Chelsea, if not be in some sort of managerial position within recruitment. If you're a candidate looking fora temporary or temp to perm opportunity or you're an employer looking for some temporary support for your office, you can contact James on 01908 200270 or send him an email.