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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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Customer Service Advisor
£18000 - £22000 per annum dependent on experience

Customer Service AdvisorPermanent£18,000 - £22,000 DOEMilton Keynes The Customer Service Advisor will answer product and service questions and provide information about other products and services. They prepare correspondences, fulfil customer needs and deal with and help resolve any customer complaints/queries to ensure customer satisfaction. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Liaise with customers by phone or electronically, within specified timeframeHandle, note and resolve customer queries or complaintsObtain and evaluate all relevant information to handle enquiries such as pricing and deliverySet up and verify customer accountsKeep records of customer interactions and transactionsRecord details of inquiries, comments and complaints, actions taken and follow upPrepare reports to identify and maximise customer participationCommunicate and coordinate with internal departmentsContribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as neededAssist with placement of orders, refunds, or exchangesInform customer of promotionsWe are looking for someone with: Clear, concise and friendly communication skillsAble to demonstrate experience within customer supportNumerate with strong administration skillsPossess good understanding of Microsoft packagesStrong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workload If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! WE WOULD PREFER YOUR CV IN WORD FORMAT 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.

Transport Planning Manager
£40000 - £50000 per annum Bonus

Transport Planning ManagerKettering / CorbySalary £40,000 to £50,000 plus bonusDay ShiftMy client is looking for an experience Transport Planning Manager to join their growing team. You will need to be at home both in managing logistics and people to ensure everyone is motivated to provide the best possible service. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a forward thinking company as it looks to double the size of it's depot.Objectives To manage the booking and transport planning operations to ensure a high quality service to our customers whilst minimising costs and supporting an efficient warehousing operation.To manage the 3rd party suppliers of transport, verify invoices and maintain KPI's to promote continuous improvement.To manage the tender process for transport and contract maintenance to ensure compliance, competitiveness and customer satisfaction is maintained.To Work with the business to review and ensure the development of the logistics services is inline and supporting of the company's plansDuties: To aid the smooth operation of the Logistics department by maintaining the effective management of the booking and transport planning functions.To maintain accurate records of activities whilst overseeing and prioritising the departments work load.To manage and develop the transport planning team ensuring the staffing levels and the skill base is maintained to ensure the smooth operation at all times.Provide performance monitoring and development training for all team members. Maintaining records of Holiday, sickness and training.To maintain transport KPI's reports and additional adhoc reporting as required aiding the smooth operation of the logistics function.To communicate with both internal and external customers/hauliers to ensure the smooth operation of the logistics function resolving any queries as they occur.To Review the performance of the department, team and processes to ensure continuous improve is maintained.As a team member to contribute to the overall success of the team and the Company goals by maintaining regular attendance, punctuality, focus and professionalism at all times.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!

Query Administrator
Up to £20000 per annum

Query AdministratorRushden£20,000 per annumRoles and responsibilities: Query resolution, dealing with complex invoice queries and order holds end to end, ensuring correct action is in line with current process and policies.Assist with the holds report by delegating root causes out within the business ensuring these are actioned through to resolution.Liaise with site managers/procurement/suppliers to resolve invoice queries efficiently.Receipt goods by entering GRNs against purchase order on IT systems.Notify procurement on all invoices/deliveries received without a purchase orderPromote discipline in goods receiving and accurate recording of deliveries/collections by sitesIdentify common and reoccurring issues and escalate to managementKey Skills and qualificationsExperience of working within a large complex organisationExperience in investigating & resolving invoice queriesAccurate and confident written and verbal skillsExcellent organisational skillsGood IT skills (Microsoft)Constant attention to detail and a focussed approachCharacteristicsFlexibility and a methodical outlook are essentialTeam player but also able to work competently on own initiativeAdept at learning new systems and processesProfessional manner and good timekeepingEnthusiastic, collaborative & forward thinkingIf this sounds like tyhe role for you, please apply todayDue 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!

Systems Analyst
£40000 - £50000 per annum

Systems Analyst £40,000 - £50,000 OlneyMy client is looking for an experienced Systems Analyst to manage internal systems, facilitate seamless processes and assist the Financial Director in data analysis.Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Manage internal systems and act as key contact for system providersManage system changes without interrupting user interactionDevelop a portal for both internal and external usersProject manage systems integrationProvide support and training to system usersDesign, create and maintain user roles, profiles and hierarchiesUnderstand user needs and create bespoke reportsAnalyze data through regular monitoring of system and data flowsUnderstand the field service management systems and assist with data analysisCreate automated integration between systems to enable data transfersAssist the Finance Director with any other data analysis and make recommendations on internal improvements. We are looking for someone with: Experience of managing CRM systems, ideally SalesforceExperience of managing field service systems, ideally ServiceMaxAbility to prioritise and multitaskExperience of managing ERP systems,Self-motivationExcellent interpersonal skillsKeen eye for detail and analytical skillsExperience in creating automated links between systemsStrong communicator at all levelsExperience in a manufacturing environment 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!

Client Services Manager
£26000 - £32000 per annum KPI Related Bonus

Client Services ManagerNorthamptonSalary: Up to £32,000, plus KPI related bonusMy client is looking for a very client focussed Account Manager to be the primary point of contact for one of their key clients. They are looking for a real "go to" person who is happy to be the project lead and somebody who provides both strategic and operational support at every level. You will recognise that relationships are incredibly important and develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with the key contacts around the client's business. You will drive a collaborative can-do attitude within the Client Services Team, providing leadership and management support for the Client Services Executives, enabling them to deliver exemplary Account Management service. Essential Job FunctionsEstablishing & maintaining strong client relationships through account management which will include regular telephone and email communication and face to face meetings.You will interact & communicate effectively with other departments and subject matter experts, ensuring that the appropriate people around the business are briefed with important information relating to the clients account.Ensuring that expectations are managed both internally and externallyIdentify patterns, trends and present actionable insights from large datasetsUse BI tools available (Business Objects) to produce marketing reports (standard & bespoke) and customer data for analysisProvide accurate and relevant insights to support business objectives and help inform key decisionsUnderstand and track customer journeys and behavioursAddress client requests, challenges and concerns ensuring the resolution of issues in a timely manner, with follow-up when appropriate.Analyse client performance using the systems, data & reporting tools that are available to provide insight and feedback to the client whenever necessary or appropriate.Providing regular business updates to the DMD & MD both verbally and in writing (email, presentations & reports).Provide & present KPI information in monthly operational meetings and quarterly strategy meetings with the client and senior management team.Manage & co-ordinate administrative support for the clients Subscription Marketing Team: Campaign set up (source code, web administration, product administration). Facilitating client meetings: Agenda, minutes, actions grid.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!

Systems Analyst
£40000 - £50000 per annum

Systems Analyst £40,000 - £50,000 OlneyMy client is looking for an experienced Systems Analyst to manage internal systems, facilitate seamless processes and assist the Financial Director in data analysis.Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Manage internal systems and act as key contact for system providersManage system changes without interrupting user interactionDevelop a portal for both internal and external usersProject manage systems integrationProvide support and training to system usersDesign, create and maintain user roles, profiles and hierarchiesUnderstand user needs and create bespoke reportsAnalyze data through regular monitoring of system and data flowsUnderstand the field service management systems and assist with data analysisCreate automated integration between systems to enable data transfersAssist the Finance Director with any other data analysis and make recommendations on internal improvements. We are looking for someone with: Experience of managing CRM systems, ideally SalesforceExperience of managing field service systems, ideally ServiceMaxAbility to prioritise and multitaskExperience of managing ERP systems,Self-motivationExcellent interpersonal skillsKeen eye for detail and analytical skillsExperience in creating automated links between systemsStrong communicator at all levelsExperience in a manufacturing environment 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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