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If you are searching for a rewarding Human Resources job in Milton Keynes, Northampton and the surrounding areas, we’d love to help you make your next move! Whether you are looking for a permanent, temporary or contract role, our specialist consultants can help you secure your ideal HR job.

We recruit for a wide range of HR roles for employers of all different sizes, across many sectors. Whether you prefer to work for a large, global employer or a smaller company (and any size in between), we can place you with an employer who is right for you.

Human Resources roles we recruit for include:

  • HR administrators
  • HR assistants
  • HR officers
  • HR advisors
  • HR business partners
  • HR managers
  • HR consultants
  • HR directors
  • Learning and development specialists
  • Compensation and benefit specialists and talent managers
  • Organisational development managers
  • HR governance & control managers

The perfect match

We meet all our candidates in person. This allows us to get a good understanding of your expertise, personal attributes and the kind of company you’d like to work for. We can then refer you for HR jobs that match your skills and experience, with a company who holds similar values. 

When you register with Ascendant Recruitment, you’ll benefit from meeting several members of our team who will let you know about any relevant HR jobs they are currently working on. Once you have registered with us you’ll also be the first to find about any potentially suitable HR jobs as soon as they arise, often before they are ever advertised.

We will only put your CV forward for a role once we have spoken to you about it and gained your full consent.

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Please use our search tool to view a selection of the HR jobs we have available. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, it’s still worthwhile sending us your CV. We have excellent relationships with many large and small local employers, putting us in the ideal position to network on your behalf.

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HR & Payroll Assistant (part time)
Up to £28000 per annum pro rata

HR & Payroll AssistantPart time, permanent£28,000 pro rataMilton KeynesWe are seeking an experienced HR and Payroll Assistant to join a successful Milton Keynes based company working 25 hours per week. This fantastic part time opportunity will require you to support a full range of HR services, payroll, projects and reporting.Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Prepare and process monthly payroll, managing starter, leavers, changes, SMP, SPP, SSP and salary sacrificeFollow legislative changes in order to ensure compliance with HMRC guidelines as well as assisting the businesses in planning for such changeTo support HR & Payroll reporting for the group HROwn, prepare and manage all HR documentation to include, offers, starter packs, leavers, exit interviews, references, probation and pensionOwn, manage and review handbooks and policies across groupSupport annual pay review and performance reviewsSupport line managers with recruitment and probation processAssist with maternity, paternity, flexible working and absence matters We are looking for someone with: At least 2 years' experience of managing and processing payroll from start to finishExperience of HR Administration i.e. offer letters, contracts of employment, pensionPrevious experience of using ADP HR & Payroll softwareProficient and confident using MS Outlook, Intermediate/Advanced level of Word & ExcelGCSE Maths & English Language & Literature Grades A-CIdeally hold a recognised payroll qualification (or be part qualified)Knowledge and understanding of relevant payroll, pension and employment legislationKnowledge and understanding of HMRC & Tax rulesKnowledge & understanding of running auto-enrolment pensions and salary sacrifice schemes.Excellent organisational and administrative skillsStrong numerical and analytical skillsHigh level of accuracy and attention to detailA natural communicator, you will be confident, friendly and approachable with the ability to liaise effectively at all levelsAbility to manage and work using your initiative, ability to prioritise effectively and deliver to deadlinesInitiative and drive to create and improve systems of organisation to benefit the businessProactive approach to tackling problems, challenging status quo and driving efficiencies 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.

HR Business Partner
£33000 - £43000 per annum

HR Business Partner6 month FTC£ 33,000 - £43,000HanslopeAs an HR generalist, the HRBP will work with the Senior HR Business Partner and operate as a key member of the HR team. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Provide HR expertise to develop and manage TUPE and projectsContribute to the development of people strategy, talent management and group business plansSupport managers in enhancing business performance through improving the performance, capability and motivation of their peopleSupport the development and implementation of professional people management policies, capabilities and practicesSupport business change programmes, and identify and disseminate HR best practice We are looking for someone that: Has experience of operating as a HR generalistHas experience of running medium to large scale TUPE projects, including supporting employee and union consultationUp- to- date knowledge of employment law and HR best practiceCan deliver successful change management programmes and understands the importance of engaging managers and employees in the change.Has knowledge of implementing, measuring and communicating progress on an employee engagement strategyExcellent verbal communication skills; ability to argue persuasively and influence othersHas the ability to handle difficult situations involving employee relationships and can solve problems in creative, practical waysIt would be desirable to have a MCIPD or relevant business qualification 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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Haven't seen what you're looking for? 3 out of 10 people we've placed went into jobs that were never advertised. Call us today on 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton) to see how we can help you find your perfect role.