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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Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston 2022 Associate, Investment Professional

The Sterling Group, a private equity firm located in Houston, Texas, seeks Associates to assist in originating, analyzing and executing buyout transactions. The Associate position will be primarily responsible for industry research, competitive analysis, financial statement analysis and financial modeling for potential transactions.

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

The Associate in the Commercial Diligence and Strategy group will be primarily responsible for commercial diligence and strategy work, including evaluating: market growth, competitive landscape, supplier dynamics, etc. In addition, the Associate will assist in theme development and exit preparation (for existing portfolio companies). This would be a two-year program designed to give a well-rounded apprenticeship at a successful middle market private equity firm.

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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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Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Analyst, Investment Professional

The Analyst will work directly with a talented, dedicated staff of senior professionals who will provide broad exposure to the many different considerations in Private Equity investments. This role will primarily be responsible for supporting investment opportunity assessment, financial statement analysis and financial modeling for potential transactions.

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Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Investment Professional Summer Internship

The Sterling Group is seeking a 1st year MBA Intern to join our team of investment professionals for summer 2022. 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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Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Vice President, Investment Professional

The Sterling Group is seeking a highly qualified Post MBA candidate to join our growing team of investment professionals. The Vice President will play an integral role in the next phase of Sterling’s success and begin what we hope will be a long-term career with the firm. The Vice President will be provided with the guidance and tools for a Partner track.

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Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Investor Relations Associate

The Investor Relations Associate will report to the Managing Director of Investor Relations and will work closely with the CFO and firm’s Partners on the firm’s fundraising and general investor relations activities. The position will enable the successful candidate to participate in all aspects of institutional fundraising, gaining the training and experience needed to continue pursuing a long term career in Investor Relations.

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Bad Boy Mowers | US-AR-Batesville Director, Brand Development

This role will drive strategic initiatives related to Brand Development and will be at the forefront of growth for Bad Boy. Formulate strategy to accelerate commercialization of new products and drive demand, including key growth strategies through external partnerships.

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Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Director, Operations

Working with the deal teams, portfolio company executives and third party consultants, this role will be responsible for supporting the portfolio companies in the identification and execution of 3 to 4 major Operations projects at any given time.

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