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

Procurement Specialist (CPL Group)
Procurement | Huddersfield and/or York

Do you have any experience in Public sector Procurement?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Procurement Specialist to join our growing team, working in York and Huddersfield. This role is permanent, working 4 days per week, 2 days based just outside of York and 2 days based in Huddersfield centre. The role may be split into 2 x 2 day posts. 

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. Tenet specialise in offering procurement consultancy services to the education sector. Formed in 1994, we have a 25-year record of delivering improvements, transformations, compliance, and value for money to schools, colleges, academies, and universities across the UK. Tenet tailor bespoke procurement solutions to suit individual client needs and budgets, from one-off tendering to onsite managed services. Our aim is simply to be the best at what we do. We actively support organisations with a combined non-pay spend of £350m, which means that our team have a vast amount of experience procuring a wide range of goods and services.

Owned by the education sector, and run for the education sector, it’s our team and our heritage that has earned us our reputation for excellence.

Reporting to the Regional Procurement Manager you will be responsible for leading the process for procuring contracts for a variety of expense categories and other projects and services to meet legal requirements and deliver value for money. 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.

As well as leading on a number of procurement's and one-off tendering activities, monitoring contracts, and analysing spend information, you will be working closely with staff across the College providing advice, guidance, training and support for their day-to-day purchasing activity.

Board Trustee (Voluntary/Unpaid) (CPL Group)
Board | Salford

CPL Group are a group company owned and run by the FE sector under which Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) and Tenet Education services Ltd are situated. CPC provide members with a large number of EU tendered frameworks, procurement training, specialist advice on best spending practices showing how educational institutions can obtain best value for money. Tenet specialise in offering a full portfolio of procurement consultancy services to the education sector and more recently, the wider public sector.


You will help to provide strategic direction for the charity as part of a strong Board and ensure that all appropriate financial, legal and governance checks and balances are in place in accordance with the Articles of Association providing advice in specialist areas. Board Trustees are expected to attend the company’s triannual general meetings, in March, June and November at the Head Office in Salford.

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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