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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Fencing Supply Group | US-GA-Atlanta Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

The Director, Financial Planning & Analysis is a proven financial and organizational leader, designing and executing the management reporting and financial planning processes for Fencing Supply Group through rich and thorough analysis and metrics to track performance and drive results.

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Fencing Supply Group | Remote / Houston, Dallas, Atlanta Vice President, Procurement and Category Management

Fencing Supply Group (FSG) was formed in 2021, through the combined acquisition of two leading independent fencing distribution companies – Merchants Metals and Binford Supply. This role will be responsible for developing and executing the procurement and category management strategies for FSG.

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Frontline Road Safety | US-CO-Denver Human Resources Director

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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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Senior Accountant

The Sterling Group is seeking a detail oriented and self-motivated Senior Accountant to join our team! The Senior Accountant will report to the Management Company Controller and the VP, Fund Accounting and will assist with the accounting and financial reporting functions for The Sterling Group.

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