Sterling has been focused on an operational style of investing in the middle market since 1982. We have remained committed to a consistent strategy since our founding: we buy good businesses and partner with management to make those businesses better. Over the past four decades, we believe we have developed a repeatable, differentiated strategy for improving industrial businesses.

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Who we are
Our Mission

Build winning companies to deliver superior returns to our investors.

Our strategy

Acquire good businesses and partner with management to drive fundamental improvement.

Our values
  • Partnership
  • Passion
  • Discipline
Our core competencies
  • Sourcing
  • People
  • Evaluation
  • Continuous Improvement
Our Firm
  • Lean, collaborative team, working directly with Partners and senior management
  • Successful track record resulting in exciting growth
  • 6 out of 7 current Partners started as associates or Vice Presidents at Sterling
  • Resources Group, comprised of subject matter experts in Human Capital, Operations, Commercial, Strategy, Technology, and M&A, are members of deal teams and help drive improvements at portfolio companies
  • Hands on investing model resulting in deep engagement with our portfolio companies
Our Culture
  • We believe in long term partnership and collaboration
  • Relentless, firm-wide commitment to continuous improvement
  • We say "we" more than "I"
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Passionate about building winning businesses

Why Choose a Career with Sterling?

Sterling is led by a team of Partners with a long history of working together at the firm.  Six out of seven of Sterling’s current Partners began their careers with Sterling as an Associate or a Vice President (the seventh joined from a portfolio company). Our team has been uniquely stable and consistent, having never lost a Partner other than to retirement or family commitments.

Sterling’s core values are Partnership, Passion and Discipline. We are passionate about building winning businesses to deliver superior returns for our investors and employees. We are disciplined in sourcing and evaluating the right opportunities with a process-oriented approach to everything we do.

We believe a diverse set of skills from people with a variety of backgrounds results in better business outcomes. We are committed to having a well-rounded, balanced, and inclusive team.

We're interested in hearing from great talent.

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Investment Professional – 2021 Summer Internship

The Sterling Group is seeking a 1st year MBA Intern to join our team of investment professionals for summer 2021. This program is open to students currently working towards an MBA who have undertaken their first year of study. Must be available for 10 weeks from June to August.

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Associate – Commercial Diligence & Strategy

The Associate position will be primarily responsible for industry research, competitive analysis, supplier dynamics and outlook for potential transactions.  In addition, the Associate will assist in theme development, exit preparation and analysis of value creation initiatives. 

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Director of Technology

The mission of the Director, Technology is to create value through driving and implementing the appropriate technology across the Sterling portfolio.  The Director, Technology will serve as a trusted advisor, technical expert and execution facilitator to our deal teams and portfolio company executive teams on business technology initiatives. The Director, Technology will be a critical and integral part of the Sterling value creation model and be the go-to resource for expertise in the domain of technology.

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Commercial Diligence and Strategy – Senior Associate

The Senior Associate in the Commercial Diligence and Strategy group will play in integral role in the next phase of Sterling’s success. We are looking for someone who is passionate about conducting commercial diligence, developing strategic plans, and having big impact on businesses. Ultimately, this role will provide candidates with the opportunity to develop an ‘investor’ and ‘business owner’ mindset through a unique and diverse set of experiences – from evaluating industries and assets to invest in - to helping define strategies for portfolio companies ultimately acquired.

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Artisan Design Group | US-TX-Southlake Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Artisan Design Group Headquartered, in Coppell, Texas, Artisan Design Group (“ADG”) is a leading interior finishes company, providing design, procurement, installation and quality control services for flooring, cabinets, countertops and complementary products for homebuilders and property managers. Artisan was formed in December 2016 through the simultaneous acquisition of Floors Inc. and Malibu Floors and has […]

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Bad Boy Mowers | US-AR-Batesville HR Director

We are currently seeking a Director of Human Resources. Reporting directly to the CEO, this role will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing HR strategy and initiatives around employee relations, communication, recruiting, benefits, compensation, payroll and compliance. This is a highly visible, high impact position where a successful candidate will have the opportunity to play a decisive role in the future success and growth of the organization. Must be someone willing and able to directly engage in tactical execution while simultaneously leading teams to their goals.

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