Why Work For Us

Working here means you’ll be part of something genuinely special. Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) is the only Purchasing Consortium exclusively owned by the FE sector operating within education. We provide our members with specialist advice on best procurement practices and how to obtain best value for money. Plus, because our members are all from education establishments, we reinvest 100% of our profits back into the sector.

CPC’s office is based in Salford with Regional Procurement Advisors situated nationwide.

We believe in supporting all our staff to develop themselves and provide opportunities for career development through in-house mentoring and development programmes. We work to develop a culture of trust and respect, where you’ll feel personally and professionally fulfilled. A place where teamwork is everything, and where you’re empowered to do the best job possible. It’s easy to see why CPC are an employer of choice!

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Training and Development

CPC want our staff to feel supported in their career journey, whatever path they take. We give you the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge, and professional qualifications you need to succeed.

You are joining an organisation that is dedicated to nurturing talent, and has at its heart an ethos of developing individual and collective knowledge, skills, and confidence.

Training is extremely important to us, as we want each and every staff member to be equipped to do the best possible job. From practical support completing your CIPS qualifications if you’re a procurement professional, to in-house training courses and continuous professional development, we want to help you grow in your career.

Best of all, working with us means you’ll always be surrounded by great people who can teach you new things and really want to help you learn.

Benefits and Rewards

Simply put, we believe that great people deserve great things.

Reward and recognition is extremely important to us. As part of our team, you will have access to a range of fantastic benefits, including a competitive salary package, company pension scheme, attractive holiday allowance, flexi time, life insurance, childcare vouchers, annual events and parties, plus learning and career opportunities and free car parking close to Manchester city centre.

CPC invest in their employees. We will give you a clear direction and sense of purpose. When your hard works makes a difference for our clients and our business, we will make sure you feel recognised.

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Our Culture

As a business, our culture is our most important asset, and we firmly believe that “Together We Achieve More”.

People: Our greatest strength is our people, they are at the heart of all that we do and they play an active role in shaping the business.

Supportive: We listen to new ideas and support a culture of continued development and career progression opportunities for all staff.

Collaborative: To develop innovative approaches through team work and sharing best practice and knowledge within teams.

Professional: We drive standards in purchasing and procurement through thought leadership and training.

Customer focused: We are 100% committed in delivering a high quality service and support to our members.

CPC pride ourselves on offering staff an informal, friendly, and inclusive culture, where everyone is supported and able to develop to their full potential. We recognise that happy employees mean happy members – and happy members make a successful and thriving company!

Job Vacancies

Business Development Advisor (CPL Group)
Communications and Business Development | Salford

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Business Development Advisor to join our team. This role is permanent, working 5 days based in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Tenet Procurement Services (TPS) offers a complete range of consultancy services for the wider public sector and the private sector. TPS also offers an increasing selection of EU Compliant frameworks that have been designed for the public sector. TPS adhere to the Public Contract Regulations and our nationally based team of procurement specialists have extensive experience in improving procurement within public and private sector organisations. TPS Procurement Services is a not-for-profit organisation and are owned by the education sector. Together with our sister companies Tenet Education Services and Crescent Purchasing Consortium we are part of the education sector charity CPL Group. Any surpluses we make are reviewed by the charity’s board of trustees and following approval a proportion is redistributed into the education sector.

Reporting to the Group Communications and Engagement Manager, with direction from the National Procurement Manager you will be responsible for driving business development activities for Tenet Procurement Services Limited. This will include researching new markets, identifying new business opportunities and building strong relationship with both customers and suppliers.

The post holder will also have the opportunity to attend conferences and exhibitions, network and shadow colleagues on visits to customers as required.

Web Developer (CPL Group)
Communications and Business Development | Salford

Are you a Web Developer looking for an exciting new role?

An opportunity has arisen for a Web Developer to join a growing organisation based in Salford, Manchester.

CPC is a well-established not-for-profit organisation with an excellent reputation in the Education sector. We are proud to provide our Colleges, Academies, Universities and Schools members with specialist advice on best procurement practices and obtaining best value for money.

Working within CPC part of the CPL Group, your main duties will include supporting the Communications and Business Development Team on all aspects of functionality and development of the Group websites.

Catering Specialist (CPL Group)
Procurement | Buckinghamshire

Do you have experience in Procurement, specialising in Catering?
Would you like to work from home and have more flexibility?

We are seeking a procurement professional to join our growing organisation. This role is home based that allows you to work with our customers in an around the surrounding home counties of London with potential travel across the UK when required.

Tenet Services is a leading provider of tendering, benchmarking and review services within the education sector. Our national procurement consultancy works in partnership with Schools, Colleges, Academies and Universities to offer a wide range procurement services.

Reporting to the National Procurement Manager, you will be employed to provide catering expertise to Tenet customers. The post holder will predominantly work with On Demand customers who require ad-hoc procurement support for catering tenders.

You will contribute to embed best practice, efficiency and effectiveness within procurement processes and decisions, ensuring compliance with EU and UK legal obligations and assisting us to achieve savings. You will be producing tender and contract documents, working to KPIs and liaising with other teams to ensure contracts achieve value for money including cost savings and improved service levels.

Join our Talent Pool

If you couldn’t find the right vacancy for you but like the sound of us, then register your details on our talent pool. Let us know what kind of career you’re interested in by choosing from one of the categories and we will send you an email when something comes up that might be perfect for you. Send an email to job.h3led@cplgroup.recruitee.com to join.

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