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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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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!

Business Development Manager / Sales Manager
£24000 - £28000 per annum OTE £80k

Business Development Manager / Sales ManagerUp to £28,000 Per Annum DOE OTE £80k Uncapped CommissionNorthampton **Experience required: 2 years' experience in a Business Development / Sales role** We're keen to speak to individuals with a proven background in Business Development, both telephone and face to face, looking to take the next step in their career, working for a well-established, financially stable company with clearly defined plans for growth.If the above describes you then you could be just the person we're looking for!Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Manage and grow high-profile clientsProactively seeking new business opportunities by means of networking and referralsWork closely with the management team to target key accounts.Develop a winning strategy and close quotes to be passed to the project management teamManaging the marketing strategy for the businessLiaising with key stakeholdersLiaise with internal staff to ensure smooth implementation of services Skills and Abilities:Proven experience working in a business development roleConfident phone manner and experience of selling face-to-face.A highly self-motivated individual who thrives under the pressure of exceeding sales targets You will be highly adept at quickly building professional relationships and closing business Competitive desire to fulfil your potential.Commercially aware and can understand new industries quickly. 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.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!

Business Development Manager
£24000 - £27000 per annum Commission

Business Development ManagerUp to £27,000 pa CommissionNorthampton **Experience required: 2 years' experience in a Business Development / Sales role** We're keen to speak to individuals with a proven background in Business Development, both telephone and face to face, looking to take the next step in their career, working for a well-established, financially stable company with clearly defined plans for growth.If the above describes you then you could be just the person we're looking for!Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Manage and grow high-profile clientsProactively seeking new business opportunities by means of networking and referralsWork closely with the management team to target key accounts.Develop a winning strategy and close quotes to be passed to the project management teamManaging the marketing strategy for the businessLiaising with key stakeholdersLiaise with internal staff to ensure smooth implementation of services Skills and Abilities:Proven experience working in a business development roleConfident phone manner and experience of selling face-to-face.A highly self-motivated individual who thrives under the pressure of exceeding sales targets You will be highly adept at quickly building professional relationships and closing business Competitive desire to fulfil your potential.Commercially aware and can understand new industries quickly. 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.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!

Area Manager
£35000 - £45000 per annum

Area ManagerContract£35,000 - £45,000Milton Keynes Area Manager required for fantastic and long standing company in Milton Keynes on a fixed term contract. You must have previous experience of managing large teams, managing managers and reviewing process and procedures. You will be holding reviews, one to ones and management meetings. You will be the first point of contact for line managers for a number of issues, for example recruitment. You should be confident, articulate and professional. We are looking for: A natural leader that has the ability coach, develop and mentor their peopleSomeone that can facilitate problem solving and deliver solutionsListen to and understand the requests and requirements of colleagues and managersInnovation and passionate in developing the teamAbility to work well under pressure whilst maintaining a positive can do attitude 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.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!

Account Manager
£16000 - £20000 per annum £8,000 bonus

Account ManagerPermanent£16,000 - £20,000 ( £8,000 bonus) Market HarboroughKey responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Act lead point of contact for all customers.Build and maintain strong, long-lasting relationships with clients and customersNegotiate contracts and close agreements.Develop trusted advisor relationships.Ensure that delivery of our solutions are completed in a timely and successful manner.Develop new business with existing clients and/or identify areas of improvement to meet sales.Forecast and track key account metricsPrepare reports.Assist with challenging client requests or issue escalations as needed. We are looking for someone with: Proven work experience as an Account Manager, Key Account Manager, Sales Account Manager, Junior Account Manager or relevant roleSolid experience with CRM software (e.g. Salesforce, Zoho CRM or HubSpot) and MS Office (particularly MS Excel)Experience delivering solutions, focusing on client expectations to customer needsProven ability to juggle multiple account management projects at a time,Sharp attention to detailExcellent listening, negotiation and presentation skillsStrong verbal and written communication skills 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!

Customer Service Advisor
Up to £17500 per annum

Customer Service AdvisorPermanent£17,500 NorthamptonMonday - Friday. 8:30am - 5pm Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:High volume of inbound callsOutbound calls to call customers backAdministration and data entry The first half of the week is heavily telephone based whereas the end of the week is very administrative. We are looking for someone with: An excellent telephone mannerStrong communication skillsStrong administration experienceGreat attention to detail 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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