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If you’re looking to recruit new talent for your team, it’s always worth checking out this page!

Each week we speak to hundreds of people who are searching for their next job opportunity. Following an initial telephone screening, we invite the very best candidates to come in and register with us in person, where we interview them in more depth and gain a better understanding of their skills, personal qualities and the types of role they are looking for.

From there, we hand pick a select few to be our weekly Star Candidates – these are people who have made an exceptional impression based on their positive attitude, achievements and abilities.

Introducing our Star Candidates

Every week we’ll reveal details of our latest Star Candidates below.

To arrange an interview or find out more about any of them, simply click on the link underneath their description or call your local office: 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 439380 (Northampton). Alternatively you can email us stating which candidate you are interested in.

Our Star Candidates tend to get snapped up very quickly so if you like the sound of any of them, it’s worth acting quickly to avoid missing out!

 

January 2018

Customer Service:

 

Chantelle - Customer Service Executive - £17,000

“Fantastic! Chantelle is an enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable candidate with a terrific work ethic. She has excellent communication skills and a real passion for customer service, consistently going above and beyond to help resolve complaints and queries. Chantelle has over three years’ customer service experience, strong administration skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.”

Current salary: £18,000 

Expected salary: £17,000

Own transport? Chantelle owns her own car and is happy to consider roles within the Northampton area.

Reason for leaving: Chantelle’s fixed term contract role is due to end shortly, so she’s keen to secure a permanent or temp-to-perm position as soon as possible.

Chantelle in her own words… ‘I have great communication skills and enjoy working with customers. I take great pride in my work and have a strong attention to detail.’


Skills and experience

  • Helping customers resolve issues with their accounts
  • Comfortable dealing with difficult customers and resolving complaints  
  • Teamwork; staying late at work to help colleagues complete urgent tasks
  • Able to provide exceptional customer service via email, telephone and face-to-face
  • Accurately completing data entry tasks
  • Strong attention to detail; making sure signatures and accounts are correct and identifying any possible fraudulent payments
  • Adept at handling large numbers of inbound and outbound calls
  • Drafting and sending emails to customers to provide information and answer queries
  • Excellent administration skills, including updating records and filing
  • Liaising with colleagues in branches to help resolve customer issues

Click here to enquire about Chantelle!

 

Administration:

 

Paul - Marketing Executive / Administrator - £9.00 per hour

“Impressive! Paul is a well presented and perceptive chap with some valuable experience across marketing and administration roles. His strengths include business development, managing social media platforms and planning promotions on both a local and national level. Paul has a degree in Marketing and Politics, superb interpersonal skills and has recently completed a temporary role for us, where he received some terrific feedback.”

Skills and experience

  • Managing complex marketing campaigns, including radio and print advertising, launch events, engagement activities and sponsorships
  • Business development; developing and planning proposals for new and potential clients
  • Managing the internal marketing for an agency, including overseeing all social media channels
  • Recent experience across administration and HR roles. gained through temporary positions
  • Excellent software knowledge, including Quark, ACT, Microsoft Office and several CRM systems
  • Organising and executing targeted marketing campaigns in a fast-paced marketing/PR role
  • Degree in Marketing and Politics
  • Developing client planning frameworks and delivering tender proposals 
  • Experience within corporate and business training, including producing bespoke learning materials
  • Strong administration skills; filing, database management and handling email enquiries

Click here to enquire about Paul!

 

Amy - Administrator - £19,000

“If you’re seeking a friendly and approachable new addition to your administration team, then you need to speak to us about Amy. She has over three years’ experience, gained from challenging administration and customer service roles, along with some impressive professional achievements. Amy has strong interpersonal skills, knowledge of credit control processes and the ability to complete tasks quickly and accurately. Superb!”

 

Current salary: £18,000

Expected salary: £19,000

Own transport? Amy drives and is seeking a new role in the Milton Keynes area.

Reason for leaving: Amy is keen to return to an administration role as that is where she believes her strengths lie.

Amy in her own words… ‘A dedicated and approachable person with a proven record of success. I have strong communication skills and am eager to develop and share my knowledge. ’

Skills and experience

  • Experience of working in a pressurised environment with high volumes of work
  • Managing and accurately completing large numbers of returned files from agencies
  • Empathetic; able to liaise with vulnerable customers and arrange affordable payment plans
  • Recording end-of-day statistics and distributing them to senior management
  • Writing training material and training new starters
  • Credit control; recording and uploading payments via cheque and BACS and investigating and allocating missing payments 
  • Helping colleagues by writing processes for credit control work
  • Strong knowledge of Excel, Access and Word
  • Working closely with agencies to arrange payment plans and issue warrants
  • Received two 100% mystery shopper scores for excellent customer service

Click here to enquire about Amy! 

 

 

Amy - Administrator - £8.50 per hour

“Amy is a switched-on graduate with a 1st Class degree and some fantastic experience gained from administration and customer service roles. As well as a positive, enthusiastic approach, she’s adept at managing projects, providing an excellent customer experience and accurately processing orders. Amy is available until July 2018, when she starts a graduate scheme, so call us now before this superb candidate is snapped up!”

Skills and experience

  • 1st Class degree in Education Studies
  • Highly organised; experience of arranging and managing admission days, committee meetings and company records
  • Adaptable; knowledge of managing diaries, stock takes and processing financial documents
  • Strong Excel skills and picks up new systems quickly
  • Meeting and greeting visitors in a professional manner
  • Accurately and meticulously updating client records
  • Responding to customer enquiries via telephone and email
  • Fast-paced environments; experience of meeting strict daily targets with regards to processing applications
  • Accurate; maintained an average quality rate of 98.9% when handling applications
  • Processing orders and returns and resolving any complaints

Click here to enquire about Amy!

 

Sales & Marketing:

 

Aida - Marketing Executive - £22,000 Immediately Available

“Aida is an enthusiastic and creative candidate with three years’ professional experience across fast-paced communications, bid writing and marketing roles. She has a degree in Journalism and PR, a strong knowledge of content writing and social media and the ability to use InDesign and Photoshop to craft creative designs for marketing materials. Aida is now seeking a diverse and challenging role where she can display her extensive skill set.”

 

Current salary: £23,000

Expected salary: £22,000

Own transport? Aida is looking for a role in Luton, Dunstable or Milton Keynes.

Reason for leaving: Aida’s latest contract role has recently finished, so she’s immediately available and keen to find her next challenge.

Aida in her own words… ‘A proactive, highly organised and enthusiastic marketing professional with a creative approach and experience across several factions of marketing.’

Skills and experience

  • Three years’ experience across a range of marketing and communications roles
  • End-to-end management of online marketing campaigns, including tracking competitors
  • 2:1 degree in Journalism and Public Relations and BTEC National Diploma in Media Production
  • Redesigning and introducing new content into company communications
  • Digital design; using Photoshop and InDesign to create visually engaging newsletters and communications
  • Targeting new clients and opportunities through bid writing
  • Strong writing skills, including creating blogs, press releases and social media posts
  • Creating and editing short promotional videos and streaming them on YouTube
  • Planning and delivering digital marketing campaigns
  • Devising and managing strategic communications plans

Click here to enquire about Aida!

 

 

Joshua - Sales Executive - £10.00 per hour

“Joshua is reliable, hardworking and dedicated with a strong sales focus and superb interpersonal skills. He’s adept at meeting targets and strict deadlines, working within high pressure environments and offering a fantastic customer experience. Joshua is comfortable making sales on a face-to-face basis, motivating team members and handling any customer issues in a calm manner.”

Skills and experience

  • Working towards and hitting targets and KPIs
  • Managing and motivating members of the sales team
  • Trustworthy; cashing up tills and banking money
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office packages
  • Excellent administration skills; responsible for reading and allocating up to 400 emails per day
  • Accurately creating documentation for clients, ensuring all work was completed to a high standard
  • Above and beyond; assisted an elderly gentleman who was distressed as he had multiple accounts in his name. Contacted head office and resolved the issue on the spot for the customer
  • Keen to learn, confident and articulate
  • Strong sales skills, both face-to-face and on the telephone
  • Learning technical information and prices in order to offer a better customer service

Click here to enquire about Joshua!

 

Office Support:

 

Zoe - Project / Operations Manager - £40,000

“Exceptional! Zoe is a confident, outgoing and hardworking candidate with over four years’ project management experience and some impressive professional achievements. She’s adept at delivering multiple projects to tight schedules, managing and motivating a team of project executives and implementing new product initiatives. Zoe has an APMP certificate, a PRINCE2 qualification and is extremely ambitious and driven to succeed.”

Current salary: £45,000

Expected salary: £40,000

Own transport? Zoe drives and would be happy to look at roles in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

Reason for leaving: Zoe has been with her current company for over eight years and is unable to progress any further.

Zoe in her own words… ‘An excellent communicator who’s confident dealing with people and takes an innovative and enthusiastic approach to work.’

 

Skills and experience

  • Four years’ experience of planning, managing and evaluating projects and strategies
  • Responsible for the day-to-day line management of project executives, including the delegation of workloads and training
  • APMP certificate and PRINCE2 Project Management qualification
  • Gathering business requirements from stakeholders in order to scope and define large projects
  • Adept at delivering multiple projects to strict timescales and budgets
  • Meticulous; creating detailed project plans and timelines to ensure work is completed to a high standard
  • Providing all departments with the relevant systems, processes, tools and KPIs to enable them to drive results
  • Creating annual contract renewals and new product initiatives to support the yearly business plan 
  • Responsible for the development and roll out of a new CRM system
  • Building and maintaining strong communication channels with stakeholders across the business

Click here to enquire about Zoe!

 

Joshua - Project Manager - £23,000 Immediately Available

“Impressive! Joshua is a highly motivated, energetic and personable chap with a wealth of experience in team leadership and project management. He’s adept at building strong working relationships, meticulously coordinating projects and producing detailed reports. Joshua has recently returned to the UK after three years in the New Zealand Army, so you can be sure he’s reliable, hardworking and dedicated. A superb candidate.”

Current salary: £24,000

Expected salary: £23,000

Own transport? Joshua owns his own car and is happy to consider roles across Milton Keynes.

Reason for leaving: Joshua has recently returned to the UK from New Zealand, so he’s immediately available and keen to use his transferable skills in a new role.

Joshua in his own words… ‘A problem solver with wide experience of risk, change and project management. Strong leadership and mentoring skills and highly motivated by challenges.’

Skills and experience

 

  • Three years’ experience of planning, initiating, managing and evaluating projects
  • Full responsibility for training and mentoring a team of 35 people
  • PRINCE2 Project Management qualification and Queen’s Commission course in Leadership and Management
  • Developing management and control processes from scratch and implementing them into projects
  • Analytical; compiling financial and statistical modelling, including a strong knowledge of Excel and databases
  • Adept at working within a regulatory framework, including rigorously enforced legal and organisational structures
  • Attending briefings to plan projects, including establishing outcomes, timings and available resources
  • Liaising with internal teams and external contractors to establish potential costs and timeframes involved
  • Conducting evaluations with colleagues in order to detect areas of success/failure and identify ways to improve future projects
  • Compiling detailed post-project reports and circulating them to all internal stakeholders

Click here to enquire about Joshua!

 

Yvonne - Executive Assistant - £13.00 per hour

“Superb! If you need a well-presented, discreet and organised EA to manage your diary, travel and events, you need Yvonne. She has a wealth of experience across a range of industries, is adept at providing thorough back office support and is a skilled user of multiple software packages. Yvonne has recently completed a temporary assignment for us and received great feedback for her dedication and hard work, so don’t miss your chance to benefit from her expertise.”

 

Skills and experience

  • Reporting to the chief operating officer and providing thorough support to the wider executive team
  • Extensive diary management, including liaising with CEOs and ambassadors
  • Scheduling overseas travel such as flights, accommodation and visits 
  • Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the office
  • In-depth knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Access and SAP
  • Professional Certificate in Management, NVQ in Business Administration and RSA Diploma in Office Skills
  • Ensuring management are supplied with key information pertaining to tasks, meetings and activities
  • Accurately and efficiently completing expenses claims
  • Strong administration skills, including reception, secretarial, typing and database management 
  • Meeting strict deadlines, coordinating reports and providing status updates to the management team

Click here to enquire about Yvonne!

 

Warehousing and Logistics:

 

Marcin - Counterbalance Forklift Driver - £20,000

“Marcin is an efficient, conscientious and hardworking candidate with over six years’ experience across busy warehousing and forklift driving roles. He has an impressive track record of completing orders, managing deliveries and stock control, as well as excellent customer service skills and a strong work ethic. Marcin is adept at hitting targets, eager to learn new skills and would strive to achieve the best for his employer. A must-meet candidate!”

Skills and experience

 

  • Over six years’ warehouse and forklift driving experience
  • Knowledge of using HHTs and picking and packing
  • Accurately entering data using SAP
  • Completing orders and stock control
  • Managing deliveries and distribution, including completing all paperwork
  • Extremely flexible and highly organised
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent customer service skills and able to work to deadlines
  • Counterbalance and pump truck experience
  • Unloading and loading of vehicles

Click here to enquire about Marcin!

 

Justinas - Warehouse Operative - £17,500

“Excellent! Justinas is a hardworking and enthusiastic candidate with over six years’ warehouse experience and strong teamwork skills. He’s extremely personable and would be a great team fit for your warehouse, thanks to his passion and diligence. Justinas also has excellent customer service skills and a strong skill set, including quality control, returns and stock management.”

 

Skills and experience

  • Over six years’ warehouse experience
  • Quick and accurate picker and packer
  • Ensuring all KPIs are met
  • Knowledge of managing the returns process
  • Accurately operating hand-held terminals
  • Experience of working in both quality control and stock control departments
  • Motivating and managing team members
  • Complying with all health and safety guidelines
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Good knowledge of Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Click here to enquire about Justinas! 

 

Accounting and Finance:

 

Taslim - Interim Management Accountant / Finance Analyst

 - £230 per day Immediately Available

“Taslim is a hardworking and highly analytical candidate with an extensive knowledge of Excel. She has a remarkable CV and enjoys the variations of contract work, as she can pick up new systems, skills and industry sectors. Taslim excels at management accounts and is also passionate about financial modelling and reporting. Thanks to her methodical approach and ‘get stuck in attitude’, no role is too big or small for her and she is happy to muck in wherever she is needed. Taslim is extremely personable, immediately available and ready for her next exciting challenge!”

Key Skills and Experience

 

  • Over 15 years’ experience across a range of industries and roles
  • Excels in structuring and streamlining reporting processes to ensure systems are accurate and productive
  • In-depth knowledge of financial modelling, reporting and budget forecasting
  • Excellent systems knowledge, including Microsoft Office, SAP, AS400 and Sage
  • Undertaking monthly KPI analysis on turnover and income
  • Accurately preparing monthly management accounts, including profit / loss reconciliations, balance sheet accounts and journal posting
  • Resolving accounts queries by analysing results, monitoring variances and identifying trends
  • Compiling quarterly forecasts and annual budgets
  • Calculating VAT returns, national statistics and corporation tax
  • Using Excel to design and model accurate, timely reports

Click here to enquire about Taslim!

 

Lillian - Accounts Assistant - £24,000

“If you’re seeking a dedicated and versatile Accounts Assistant to support your team, you need look no further than Lillian. She has a wealth of experience across payroll, credit control and bookkeeping, advanced Excel skills and a good knowledge of several finance systems, including Sage, Kerridge and SAP. Lillian is AAT qualified and seeking either a part time role for two days a week or a full time position.”

Key Skills and Experience

  • AAT qualified, advanced Excel and completed several courses from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
  • Assisting accountants and managers with preparation for internal and external audits
  • Created a purchase ledger system with additional spreadsheets to allow more efficient logging of supplier invoices
  • Completing all tax year-end processes, including SSPs, SMPs, P11Ds and P60s
  • Building strong working relationships with suppliers
  • Carefully monitoring credit reports and aged debt to avoid negative balances
  • Experience of managing weekly and monthly payroll for 100+ staff
  • Preparation of accounts to trial balance
  • Proficient in a number of systems, including SAP, Sage and Kerridge
  • Extensive experience across credit control, payroll and bank reconciliations
  • Meeting strict payment and billing deadlines

Click here to enquire about Lillian!

 

Amit - Operations / Recoveries Manager - £35,000 Immediately Available

“Amit is a breath of fresh air, a likeable candidate who will always give 100% in any challenge he faces. Amit is enthusiastic, driven and always coming up with new ideas to improve processes. His strengths include managing teams, budgeting and auditing. He enjoys contributing to the success of the business and with his experience and expertise in operations and debt management, he would be a great asset to any company.”

 

Key Skills and Experience

  • Over ten years’ experience across collections, recoveries, contracts and operations within a financial setting
  • Managing internal recoveries and ensuring the delivery of agreed SLAs and targets
  • Full responsibility for budgets, spending and forecasting
  • Managing external suppliers, building relationships and monitoring providers against agreed SLAs
  • Developing and embedding new initiatives in line with the group strategy
  • Monitoring, analysing and reporting on KPIs, ensuring key business stakeholders are updated on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
  • Undertaking reviews and one-to-one meetings to motivate staff and increase performance levels
  • Point of escalation for complex customer issues, ensuring problems are resolved quickly and amicably
  • Strong knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, SAP, EDM and many other systems
  • Multi-lingual; fluent in English, French, Gujarati, Hindi and Swahili

Click here to enquire about Amit!

 

Eva - Financial Accountant - £34,000

“An experienced Financial Accountant with over five years of solid accounting experience, Eva is AAT qualified and skilled at budgeting, forecasting and HMRC submissions amongst many others. She is looking for a role with lots of variety where she can get involved in various areas of accounts. Eva has experience of managing small teams, overseeing the payroll process and preparing management accounts. With her wide-ranging skill set and ability to be flexible whilst delivering high quality work, Eva would fit in well within any company.”

 

Key Skills and Experience

  • Over fifteen years’ finance experience across accounting, payroll, compliance and credit control
  • AAT qualified, intermediate Excel skills and knowledge of Sage 200, Sage Line 50 and Oracle
  • Managing a team with responsibility for billing, purchase ledger, sales ledger and contractor payroll
  • Undertaking HMRC submissions, including VAT, RTI and intermediary reporting
  • Preparing management accounts and month-end reports
  • Analysis and reporting of commission, aged creditors, debtors and expenses
  • Preparing budgets and forecasts
  • Responsible for management reporting and presenting information to directors and other senior stakeholders
  • Adept at all aspects of purchase and sales ledger
  • Comfortable working to tight deadlines in fast-paced environments

Click here to enquire about Eva!

 

Faisal - Finance Assistant - £20,000 Immediately Available

“Faisal is a recent graduate who has just completed a six month contract for one of our clients, a top global automotive company. During that time, he gained valuable experience across journals, debt recovery and reconciling, as well as ad hoc finance duties. Faisal has been a pleasure to work with and is extremely reliable and hardworking. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any further contract or permanent roles.”

 

Key Skills and Experience

  • Degree in Accounting and Finance
  • Six months’ finance experience across journals, debt recovery and reconciling
  • Updating systems and accurately maintaining records
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and finance systems
  • Adept at cash handling, banking and invoicing
  • Reliable, hardworking and eager to progress

Click here to enquire about Faisal!

 

Human Resources:

 

Lucy - HR Business Partner - £40,000

“Fabulous! Lucy is a personable, dedicated and adaptable candidate with ten years’ HR experience, including four years at business partner level. She’s part-CIPD qualified (due to complete in 2019), skilled at all aspects of employee relations and adept at advising across a range of HR issues. Lucy is now seeking a role where she can develop her skills further and take on new responsibilities.”

Current salary: £37,000                                                

Expected salary: £40,000

Own transport? Lucy drives and is happy to consider roles across the Milton Keynes area.

Lucy in her own words… ‘A highly motivated and professional person who’s always seeking to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities.’

Skills and experience

  • Ten years’ HR experience, four years at business partner level
  • Responsibility for over 650 employees across four sites
  • Integrating new businesses and harmonising staff terms
  • Influencing the development of HR policies and processes to ensure they meet the needs of the business
  • Challenging costs within the business to improve productivity and restructuring changes to optimise resources
  • Managing disciplinary and grievance procedures, from initial investigations through to employment tribunals
  • Responsible for all ER issues, including proactively managing relationships with unions
  • Advising and supporting managers with all grievance, performance, disciplinary and absence issues  
  • Reporting and interpreting key HR statistical information
  • Responsible for recruiting and on boarding staff at all levels

Click here to enquire about Lucy!

 

Zoe - HR Advisor - £28,000

“A truly terrific candidate! Zoe is articulate and focused, with over six years’ experience and a strong knowledge of several HR sectors. She’s currently studying towards her CIPD Level 5 and has some impressive professional achievements across TUPE, employee engagement and reporting. Zoe is currently responsible for providing ER advice to 450 employees across multiple sites, so you can be sure that she’s highly organised and a strong team player.”

 

Current salary: £29,500                                                

Expected salary: £28,000

Own transport? Zoe owns his own car and is happy to consider roles across Milton Keynes, Northampton, Bedford and the surrounding areas.

Zoe in her own words… ‘A strong team player who works closely with the executive team to ensure all company objectives are met through effective people management and a strong HR strategy.’

Skills and experience

  • Studying towards CIPD Level 5 and completed a CIPD certificate in HR Practice
  • Providing ER advice for over 450 employees across 11 sites
  • Lead on the TUPE process, including holding consultation meetings
  • Led a project that implemented an automated system to track employee turnover, making the process much more efficient
  • Tracking and managing long-term sickness cases to ensure managers follow company policies
  • Working closely with an occupational health provider and coaching managers to support employees with mental health conditions
  • Conducting mediation sessions with employees in order to find a successful resolution to ongoing disputes
  • Responsible for planning and delivering the company induction and working with new employees to ensure the day is engaging and beneficial
  • Successfully created an interactive employee handbook, drawing together new and current policies
  • Wrote and launched a policy which was approved by the board, meaning the company were able to offer students work experience opportunities

Click here to enquire about Zoe!