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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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Corporate Financial Accountant
Up to £37.5kpa

An exciting opportunity has become available working for a global client with an office located in central Milton Keynes. Our client is looking for a Financial Accountant to join a very busy team managing one of their larger client accounts on a full time permanent basis. This role would be a great role for a newly qualified or part qualified person who is looking for a hands on challenging role where they can work as part of a close, solid and enthusiastic team. The Role Prepare accurate management accounts, adding value wherever possible (technical, problem solving). Schedule, supervise, and review work to ensure appropriate standards are met. Ensure effective controls are in place to ensure compliance of company policies and procedures. Ensure client deadlines & expectations are met or exceeded (client focus, managing self and others, goal/results focus). High quality service provided to all clients (client focus, attention to detail/quality). Monitor the workloads of assistant team members and provide cover where necessary. Review work undertaken by the assistant team members, providing feedback and development objectives Assist in ensuring the performance of the team is controlled and monitored against set targets and procedures. Conduct an analytical review of the P&L, variance analysis and appropriate commentary. Take responsibility for all balance sheet and payroll reconciliations. VAT returns preparation, EC sales list, P11d’s and intra stat accounts preparation Responsible for the preparation and completion of all relevant CEAPS, engagement letters, under recovery forms and billing. Responsible for identifying early any out of scope/ change management requirements and ensuring these are properly documented Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the management accounts including entries instructed by the client Demonstrate an understanding of the client’s business Train and develop the team on an ongoing basis, identifying individuals’ strengths and development areas. Ensure the team is aware of its priorities and goals, and that team members are working together to achieve these. Completion of Earnings Summaries for client’s private tax accountants to complete returns Tax equalization schedules Assistance with providing tax team information to complete P11D’s/PSA Ensuring adherence to relevant client policies regarding approval for payment of requested items Key Competencies: Ideally you will have SAP experience but this is not essential You will have a minimum of 5 years experience of working within a varied accounts role The ability to take charge and support managers with supervision when required To be Qualified or Part Qualified studying towards an accounting qualification Excellent organisational and communication skills Intermediate Excel skills

Customer Service Administrator
£18000 - £22000

Customer Service Administrator Northampton Permanent/ full time Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm Salary: £18,000 - £22,000 The right person for this role will have previous administration and customer service experience and an excellent telephone manner. You must be analytical and have a structured approach to dealing with Customer issues. You will be understanding and empathetic to customers concerns, be computer literate and experienced in the use of Word, Excel, Access and Outlook. ·Managing customer orders ·Liaising with internal departments to ensure customer orders efficiently ·Processing information regarding customer deliveries ·Administration - printing packs and stickers for products ·Ability to work in a fast-paced environment The ideal person will have logistics/ distribution experience with a proven track record within customer service. 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!

Customer Service Advisor
£8 - £9

  Are you passionate about customer service? Are you available immediately? Would you like to work for a prestigious company? Then please read on!   If you’re friendly and positive with great interpersonal skills, we’d love to hear from you. We have some exciting customer service jobs available at a variety of well-established, well-known companies in Milton Keynes. We’re looking for customer-focused, reliable people to provide first class customer support for our clients on a temporary basis. There’s also the possibility that these roles could become permanent jobs for the right people. These positions are available immediately, so if you’ve got the following skills and you’d like to know more about our current opportunities, please contact us today: •             A professional telephone manner •             Excellent administration and customer service skills •             The ability to work well in a team •             Reliable with a great attention to detail   Simply click ‘Apply Now’, complete the easy form and upload your CV!     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 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!

HR Advisor
£11.00 - £11.00

HR Advisor £11 per hour + holiday pay Milton Keynes An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and professional HR Advisor to assist a busy team at their head office in Milton Keynes. This role is offered on a six week temporary basis and will involve assisting with the effective recruitment and onboarding of new staff members. Your key responsibilities will include: Advising managers during the end-to-end recruitment process Assisting with job evaluation panels Posting job adverts using the Applicant Tracking System Keeping applicants updated with progress reports whilst ensuring a good candidate experience Ensuring job files have all the required paperwork and comply with legislation Capturing and analysing data and creating reports Knowledge of HR policies, procedures and processes is essential, whilst a part-CIPD qualification and a working knowledge of Employment Law are desirable. So if you’re a well organised and proactive HR Advisor with great interpersonal and IT skills and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines, get in touch today because you could be the person we’re looking for!

Sales Support Executive.
£8.00 - £10

Ascendant Recruitment are recruiting for a Sales Support Executive. Responsibilities include; Efficiently resolve and customer queries Delivery high standards of customer service Ensuring you communicate regularly and correctly to other members of the team Manage and complete order through the hand over process Liaising with converters, retailers and customers Ensuring all orders are placed Resolve all invoicing queries efficiently Carry out price protection in line with agreed Group policies Ensure all on going brand campaigns are managed and communicated effectively Be responsible for on-going projects that develop and services to the internal and external fleet customers. Desired skills; Attention to detail Communication Organised Self-motivated Able to challenge Strong team player Able to use own initiative Customer service experience Works well under pressure Flexible according to business needs Experience in group fleet systems Knowledge within a fleet business Must have proven customer service experience To be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Group and brands business objectives

Service Advisor
£23000 - £26000

Service Advisor £23000 -£26000 Permanent Sheffield Monday to Friday 06:00 to 18:30 and every other Saturday 06:00 to 12:00 Are you passionate about customer service? Have you got great administrative skills teamed with excellent organisational abilities? Yes? You could be just the person we’re looking for! Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Work in progress (WIP) control for workshop Deal with customer needs face-to-face and over the phone with a professional and friendly approach MOT and service scheduling Updating customers with vehicle progress Clarify for the customer and workshop the basis for repair – Retail | Warranty | Contract.  Check account detail and level of credit left, obtain authorisation and obtain order numbers from customers Inform customer of outstanding campaigns and arrange for work to be completed. Take responsibility to ensure customer reception area is maintained to a professional standard at all times.  Assist with other duties as and when required Key requirements for the role: Excellent customer service skills Proven organisational skills Proven administrative skills Excellent interpersonal, verbal & written communication skills Ability to work as a part of a team Computer literate Able to work on own initiative and under pressure Good working knowledge of Microsoft systems (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Knowledge of the automotive industry and of the Autoline computer system would be desirable 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!    

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