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 Associate, Portfolio Reporting and Analytics

To support our continued growth, we are seeking an Associate, Portfolio Reporting and Analytics to join our team. This position will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer and will work closely with the firm’s portfolio companies, investor relations and investment teams to routinely aggregate portfolio company metrics, develop related reports and integrated analyses to support performance measurements, quarterly reporting, valuations, fundraise processes, as well as respond to investor relations analytical requests.

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Vice President – Investment Professional Intern (2024 MBA Graduate)

The Sterling Group is seeking a 1st year MBA student to join our team of investment professionals as an intern for summer 2023. 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 Vice President – Investment Professional (2023 MBA Graduate)

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.

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Investment Professional Analyst (2023)

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.

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston-Dallas Associate 2023

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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