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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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French Sales Support Administrator
£21000 - £23000 per annum

French speaking Sales Support AdministratorLocation: NorthamptonSalary bracket: £21 - £23K per annum depending on experienceMy client is one of the world's leading suppliers of raw materials in it's industry sector and is looking for an experienced and passionate French speaking Sales Support Administrator to join their small, but perfectly formed team!The Role:The Sales Support team works closely with our Field Sales Managers to provide outstanding Customer Service and Care to our customers.The key tasks of Sales Support are: -Provide wide ranging administrative support to Field Sales Manager such as checking stock levels, material costs and previous selling pricesProcessing orders and following through from production to delivery, updating the customer at all times with the progress of orders.Quoting and securing orders from our existing customer baseDealing with customer complaintsContacting customers regarding late payment of invoicesOccasional customer visits or attendance at an industry event (possibly abroad)Profile:The successful candidate will ideally have had experience working in a high-pressure customer service role and have knowledge and understanding of the sales order / manufacturing supply chain process, from enquiry through to delivery. Fluent French skills (both verbally and written) are also required.Knowledge of export shipping documentation such as dealing with commercial invoices, bills of lading and airway bills is highly desirable but not essential for this role, as the candidate will be dealing predominantly with our European customers.Key attributes for the role are:A high level of accuracy and attention to detailExcellent written and verbal communication skillsStrong IT skills (MS Word, MS Excel used extensively)ProactiveDue 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 Warehouse Operative
Up to £17000 per annum

Technical Warehouse OperativeHours: Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 6.00pmWellingborough£17,000 My client is looking for a person who loves both working in the warehouse and has a passion for technology. If you are interested in how your phone works this could be the perfect role for you! You will be working in a small but fun warehouse team who are responsible for goods in/out and programming terminals. Programming the terminals involves connecting them up to lap tops, ensuring the uploads are taking place and then checking the software has installed correctly. We are looking for someone with:Warehouse experienceAn interest in technologyGoods in goods out experience100% checking and safe storage of all stock.Physically fitFast learnerSelf-motivatedAble to use own initiativeReliableGood communication written and verbal skills 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 businesses. We support job seekers in Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, & Finance positions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current temporary, contract and permanent positions please visit, like & follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.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!

Internal Sales Executive
£24000 - £25000 per annum

Main Responsibilities and DutiesThe role will be focused on nurturing the existing client base as well as focusing on new business, exploiting exceptional sales skills with effective and successful results.To actively convert customer enquiries into confirmed sales and develop future and repeat business contributing to the profitability of the business.Maintain an agreed level of pro-active telephone contact and face to face contact with both existing and prospective customers.Ensure that all quotations of an agreed value with the Management Team are followed up via telephone and feedback acted upon.Maximise sales by continually expanding orders and up selling on all incoming and outgoing calls.To deliver outstanding customer service whilst ensuring a clear and effective line of communication is maintained within the sales team and throughout the rest of the business.Identify and pursue new business sales opportunities both by use of the company database, networking, B2B Opportunities, exhibitions and client entertainment.Able to travel throughout the UK and overseas which will include overnight stays.To participate in customer entertainment and hospitality from time to time outside of your regular hours.Liaise between Production and customers to efficiently answer general enquiries concerning deliveries and production.Education and QualificationsGCSE Maths & English Essential ExperienceStrong customer service background Sound knowledge of the practical application of a sales department Experience of building relationships with customers Able to provide evidence of working in a target related environment Desirable ExperienceCan demonstrate the ability to go the extra mile, to exceed expectations Track record of understanding how to reach and identify prospective customersAscendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment businesses. We support job seekers in Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, & Finance positions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current temporary, contract and permanent positions please visit, like & follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.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!

Italian Speaking Sales Support Administrator
£21000 - £23000 per annum

Italian speaking Sales Support AdministratorLocation: NorthamptonSalary bracket: £21 - £23K per annum depending on experienceMy client is one of the world's leading suppliers of raw materials in its industry sector and is looking for an experienced and passionate Italian speaking Sales Support Administrator to join their small, but perfectly formed team!The Role:The Sales Support team works closely with our Field Sales Managers to provide outstanding Customer Service and Care to our customers.The key tasks of Sales Support are: -Provide wide ranging administrative support to Field Sales Manager such as checking stock levels, material costs and previous selling pricesProcessing orders and following through from production to delivery, updating the customer at all times with the progress of orders.Quoting and securing orders from our existing customer baseDealing with customer complaintsContacting customers regarding late payment of invoicesOccasional customer visits or attendance at an industry event (possibly abroad)Profile:The successful candidate will ideally have had experience working in a high-pressure customer service role and have knowledge and understanding of the sales order / manufacturing supply chain process, from enquiry through to delivery. Fluent Italian skills (both verbally and written) are also required.Knowledge of export shipping documentation such as dealing with commercial invoices, bills of lading and airway bills is highly desirable but not essential for this role, as the candidate will be dealing predominantly with our European customers.Key attributes for the role are:A high level of accuracy and attention to detailExcellent written and verbal communication skillsStrong IT skills (MS Word, MS Excel used extensively)ProactiveAscendant Recruitment is one of Milton Keynes and Northampton's leading recruitment businesses. We support job seekers in Administration, Customer Service, Human Resources, & Finance positions. Ascendant Recruitment operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on our current temporary, contract and permanent positions please visit, like & follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.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!

Office Manager
£30000 - £35000 per annum

Office ManagerPermanent£30,000 - £35,000Milton Keynes Are you an organised person with experience in Finance and HR? Yes?You could be just the person we are looking for! We are assisting our client with the recruitment of an experienced, diverse Office Manager. You will need to have experience in Finance and HR to be successful in this role. Working in a busy office, this successful business has ambitious plans for growth. Finance duties Bank reconciliationDay to day book-keeping and credit controlPreparing supplier paymentsMonthly reconciliation of sales v costs to Line Manager recordsProcessing monthly Company credit card/cash expensesSupport the Partners with forecasting figuresAssist the Managing Partner in reviewing monthly income v expenditure in preparation for Finance meetingsProduction & submission of Quarterly VAT return to HMRCMaintain Fixed Asset Register and depreciation/disposals Human Resource duties Assist with all aspects of recruitmentKeep abreast of current HR legislation and GDPR guidelinesManage all HR documentation including contracts, handbooks, inductions and policiesManage holiday, absenteeism and sickness recordsOverseeing appraisals and performance reviews in line with probationary periods Office Manager duties Managing office facilities including security, keys, and health and safety requirements in line with regulations including fire evacuationManage contractual agreements with suppliers, supplier relationships and invoicesSupporting to the wider team as required We are looking for someone with: Preferably AAT QualifiedPrevious financial and HR experienceRespect the importance of discretion and confidentialityExcellent communication skillsConfident using Excel spreadsheetsAbility to work under pressure and a commitment to meet tight deadlinesAbility to work as part of a team If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Role advertised: 6 March 2019 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.

Office Manager
£30000 - £35000 per annum

Office ManagerPermanent£30,000 - £35,000Milton Keynes Are you an organised person with experience in Finance and HR? Yes?You could be just the person we are looking for! We are assisting our client with the recruitment of an experienced, diverse Office Manager. You will need to have experience in Finance and HR to be successful in this role. Working in a busy office, this successful business has ambitious plans for growth. Finance duties Bank reconciliationDay to day book-keeping and credit controlPreparing supplier paymentsMonthly reconciliation of sales v costs to Line Manager recordsProcessing monthly Company credit card/cash expensesSupport the Partners with forecasting figuresAssist the Managing Partner in reviewing monthly income v expenditure in preparation for Finance meetingsProduction & submission of Quarterly VAT return to HMRCMaintain Fixed Asset Register and depreciation/disposals Human Resource duties Assist with all aspects of recruitmentKeep abreast of current HR legislation and GDPR guidelinesManage all HR documentation including contracts, handbooks, inductions and policiesManage holiday, absenteeism and sickness recordsOverseeing appraisals and performance reviews in line with probationary periods Office Manager duties Managing office facilities including security, keys, and health and safety requirements in line with regulations including fire evacuationManage contractual agreements with suppliers, supplier relationships and invoicesSupporting to the wider team as required We are looking for someone with: Preferably AAT QualifiedPrevious financial and HR experienceRespect the importance of discretion and confidentialityExcellent communication skillsConfident using Excel spreadsheetsAbility to work under pressure and a commitment to meet tight deadlinesAbility to work as part of a team If you feel you have what it takes, please apply today because we'd love to hear from you! Role advertised: 6 March 2019 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.

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