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Finding a job when you have just graduated can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have a lot of commercial experience. Over the years we have worked with hundreds of bright, talented graduates to secure opportunities with some of the best employers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas.

Many of the graduates we place into permanent positions registered with Ascendant Recruitment before they had graduated. We work with many undergraduates during their university holidays, offering them temporary assignments in office support roles.

If you haven’t considered temping, as well as the obvious benefit of earning money, here are a few other benefits:

  • You’ll get a foot in the door: Many of the candidates we work with started off on temporary assignments and impressed the employer so much they were taken on permanently!
  • Build up your experience: Temping is an excellent way of building your CV and learning new skills, making you more attractive to a future employer.
  • Access to a huge recruitment network: Once you have proven how good you are as a temporary worker, we will be able to approach employers on your behalf to help you secure your perfect permanent job.

If you're not convinced about the doors temping can open, read Chloe's story! She started out as a temp for Mercedes-Benz five years ago following her A-Levels and is now enjoying a successful career in Marketing. You can read her story here.

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One of the most rewarding aspects of our job being able to help people find their perfect job and we're proud of the amazing feedback our candidates send us each week. Click here to read what they have to say.

Ascendant Recruitment has divisions in Office Support, HR, Sales & Marketing, Accounting & Finance and Logistics. We recruit at all levels so if you are looking for a new opportunity in Milton Keynes, Northampton or the surrounding areas, please get in touch! As a candidate you will also receive regular hints and tips to help you in your job search.

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Office Supervisor
£22000 - £25000 per annum

Office SupervisorPermanent£22,000 - £25,000Milton Keynes You will be responsible for supervising the internal sales team and assisting the sales force with daily sales administration activities ensuring the customer demands are met and the best customer service is given at all times. In addition to the supervisory aspect of this role, you will yourself be required to assist the team with their day to day duties.The role reports directly to the Commercial Director.Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Supervising the internal Sales TeamEnsure the office is running smoothly at all timesUsing SAP, oversee the processing of orders, deliveries, invoicesManage back orders, PODs, process returns, handling export salesHandle all queries and logging all customer complaints & resolutionsMonitor staff workloads to ensure their working environment is correct according to HRProvide Support to the Sales Managers & cover to colleagues where necessaryAd hoc Administrative DutiesKey Account ManagementOverseeing office facilities - stationery, general supplies, first aid kit and tidiness of office; monitoring the cost of these expensesManaging the franking machine and ordering supplies and topping up creditDiary managementHelp organise company eventsCoordinating with Facilities Manager We are looking for someone that is: Proven experience in an administration roleSolid MS office background and intermediate ExcelEfficient and organisedEnjoys a busy role, team playerExcellent communication skillsStrong leadership skillsSAP would be desirable, as would sales order processing If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

Production & Warehouse Coordinator
Up to £13 per hour plus holiday pay

Production & Warehouse CoordinatorTemporary£12.99ph plus holiday payMilton Keynes Ascendant Recruitment is looking for an individual to join an established organisation as a Production and Warehouse Coordinator in Milton Keynes. The position will run for 3 to 3 and a half months on either a temporary basis or a fixed contract (TBC). Monday - Thursday 8.00am-16:30pmFriday 8.00am - 14:30pm Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Assisting on production lineMixing formulas to specificationData entryCounter balance forklift rolesQuality controlEnsure warehouse cleanliness is kept to high standardOrganise collections and dispatch goods as requestedAssist in simple maintenance tasksEnsure health and safety is adhered to Skills required: Hold a valid counter balance licence (test/refresher date within last 3 years) - This is essentialMechanical experience desirableStrong computer skillsExcellent communication, written and verbalBe self-motivatedGood numeracy skillsBe organised and proactive If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

Customer Service Administrator
£21000 - £23000 per annum

Customer Service AdministratorTemporary (to perm)Up to £23,000Milton Keynes The Customer Service Administrator ensures that the company meets or exceed its commitments to our customers through efficient order management, effective and pro-active communication of information, and the prompt resolution of customer issues. By providing these services, Customer Service supports the businesses, and help them to attain their goals. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Receive new orders by email and record them on SAPConfirm inventory availability / safety stocksInvoicing on SAP & Government invoiceTake calls from Customers and the Sales TeamFollow up back-ordersConstant communication with Production / Purchasing / LogisticsCreate / Update new CustomersCreate / Update Prices by Customer & MaterialGenerate Credit / Debit notes - both on SAP and Government documentsHandle returns of materials We are looking for someone with:Experience in Customer Service Administration or similar positionMicrosoft Office (Excel) - IntermediateSAP working knowledgeThe ability to communicate effectively both over the phone and via emailThe ability to build strong relationshipsVery strong accuracy/attention to detailA real passion for the quality of your workA desire to work as part of a teamA 'can do' attitude and a hunger to do a great job If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

Recruitment Administrator/Receptionist
£16000 - £18000 per annum Bonus

Recruitment Administrator/ReceptionistPermanent£16,000 - £18,000 plus bonusMilton Keynes As Recruitment Administrator / Receptionist you will be responsible for provide a wide range of administrative support and reception cover to an extremely busy team! The key here is that you are able to work at an extremely fast pace whilst providing exceptional administrative support with vigour and energy! Your responsibilities will include: Meet and greet visitors to the officesAnswer incoming callsEnsure that the reception area and meeting rooms are always clean and tidyGreet and administer all paperwork for candidates at all levelsUpload and amend job descriptions to all systems and websitesMange multiple inboxesAccurately scan, print and upload documentsUpdate all trackersLiaison with external and internal stakeholders You will have some commercial experience, excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to grow your career in a fast paced and highly rewarding environment. If this sounds like the role for you, apply now for more information! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

Customer Service Advisor
£21250 - £21400 per annum

Customer Service AdvisorPermanent£21,250Milton Keynes We have an opportunity for an individual with Customer Service experience to join a fantastic, professional organisation that offers career progression and a great working environment. The position is 37.5 hours per work working shifts between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Take responsibility for incoming calls, emails and queries and either answer directly or refer to other departments, taking ownership until completionBe confident to receive and respond to enquiries in other service centre areas at peak times or to provide scheduled coverUse CRM and other appropriate systems to record enquiriesCo-ordinate cross-department communications and ensure the advisory teams are up-to-date and have relevant and appropriate information with which to support enquiriesSupport the delivery of projects relevant to your departmentEnsure compliance to data security, data protection and data confidentiality policiesOccasional travel to attend training and departmental/ organisation eventsMaintain an understanding of products and services availableIn conjunction with the Events Team, assist in planning, administering and booking of eventsMake outbound courtesy calls to contact individuals in relation to services We are looking for someone with: Experienced in managing multi-channel enquiries, phone, email, online chat and social mediaStrong motivator and trainer with experience in delivering against SLA'sKeen attention to detail ensuring high standard of written and verbal workExceptional customer service skills and experienceGood IT skills, including Word and Excel, and in maintaining a complex database including CRMOrganisational, planning and administrative skillsConfident and effective communication skillsProven ability to prioritise and deliver in a fast-paced environment If selected, the interview process is a three-stage process, starting with a 10 minute telephone interview, followed by an assessment and then final interview. If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Ascendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment companies, with PA/Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance and Temporary divisions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this isn't your perfect role, register with us and let us find it for you.

Procurement Coordinator
£22000 - £24000 per annum

Procurement CoordinatorPermanent£22,000 - £24,000Bedford We are looking for a Business Graduate to join a busy procurement team, working directly with the Procurement Manager. Our ideal candidate will have already gained some commercial experience. This is a perfect opportunity to join a successful organisation offering development opportunities. You will work in the Bedford office the majority of the time, but some time will be spent in Milton Keynes. We need someone with a full driving licence. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Reviewing supplier agreementsConducting performance reviews with suppliersLiaising with other teams within the organisation to ensure smooth processesMaintaining the purchasing system, updating accuratelyPrice reviews with suppliersSupport to procurement projectsVarious reporting with use of Excel We are looking for someone who is: A Business Graduate with 2:1 or aboveA confident communicator, both verbally and in writingAbility to build strong relationships with colleagues and suppliers alikeEnergetic individual with a desire to achieve and succeedThat is creative, will suggest new ideasA self-starter with the ability to work independentlyWilling to travel to suppliers and other sites as requiredFull Driving License required 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.In line with new data protection legislation, we will hold your data for 14 days, and if by that time we have not communicated and put appropriate consent in place, we will delete your data from our systems.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!

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