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 Technology Director

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 Vice President – Investment Professional

The Sterling Group is seeking a highly qualified Post MBA candidate to join our growing team of investment professionals. Please note this role is open to students currently enrolled in in an accredited MBA program who will graduate in 2021. 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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Bad Boy Mowers | US-AR-Batesville Human Resources 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 individual must be personable, dynamic and innovative, and one who deploys an energetic day-to-day “roll-up-your-sleeves” attitude....

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Bad Boy Mowers | US-AR-Batesville Corporate Controller

The Corporate Controller is a key role in helping to drive the organization to achieve strategic and plan objectives. The Controller, in conjunction with the CFO, will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s finance activities, including general accounting, cost accounting, financial analysis, forecasting, internal control, and audit....

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