Careers

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, Commercial Diligence & Strategy

Company overview: The Sterling Group (TSG) is an operationally focused middle market private equity firm focused on investing within the industrial sector (e.g., manufacturers of ride-on lawnmowers, fencing material distributors, plastic bottle reclaimers). Founded in 1982, Sterling is one of the longest standing private equity firms in North America, with over $6.1 billion in assets […]

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

The Sterling Group is an operationally focused middle market private equity firm focused on the industrial sector. Founded in 1982, Sterling is one of the longest standing private equity firms in North America.  Today, the firm has over $6.1 billion in assets under management. Approximately 70% of Sterling’s returns have been driven by organic EBITDA […]

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Dallas Associate, Foundation Fund

Founded in 1982, The Sterling Group is a private equity investment firm located in Houston, Texas. The Sterling Group targets controlling interests in manufacturing, industrial services, and distribution companies. Typical enterprise values of these companies range from $100 million to $1 billion. The Sterling Group has sponsored the buyout of 67 platform companies and numerous […]

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Associate

Founded in 1982, The Sterling Group is a private equity investment firm located in Houston, Texas. The Sterling Group targets controlling interests in manufacturing, industrial services, and distribution companies. Typical enterprise values of these companies range from $100 million to $1 billion. The Sterling Group has sponsored the buyout of 67 platform companies and numerous […]

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The Sterling Group | US-TX-Houston Senior Tax Accountant

Summary The Sterling Group is seeking a detail oriented and self-motivated Senior Tax Accountant to join our team! The Tax Accountant will report to the Tax Manager and assist with domestic and international tax compliance and reporting for The Sterling Group, its affiliated management companies and private equity funds. We are a small group of […]

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