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Sonepar USA Overview

Charleston, SC
10000+ employees
1998
Company - Private
Wholesale
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Sonepar USA is made up of the finest locally managed electrical and industrial distributors. Sonepar USA is part of Sonepar group, a global leader in electrical material distribution. Entering the US in 1998, Sonepar USA has seen dramatic growth over the years due to strategic ... Read more

Mission: To become "La Référence" - the best in class - for all our stakeholders. We become "La Référence" by making our customers' lives easier by ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Tammy Livers will now be leading our Key Accounts strategy as the Senior Vice President of Key Accounts! Tammy joined Sonepar in 2017 as the Vice President of Business Strategy. She has a diverse background in distribution and manufacturing, and has held several other various leadership roles throughout her career.

    Help us congratulate Tammy Livers on her new role!

  • We were so proud to work with Birthdays For All for their September birthdays! We were able to provide 38 children, in group homes or foster care, with 2-3 gifts from their wish list.

    Birthdays For All works with companies in the Lowcountry toward the goal of making every child in foster care feel special on their birthday!

    #birthdaysforall #soneparusacares

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Sonepar USA – Why Work For Us?


OUR PEOPLE ARE OUR FUTURE

Sonepar USA strongly believes that its most important resources are the men and women of the company. Motivating staff, providing them with interesting careers, and enabling associates at all levels to acquire and apply new knowledge have become keys to success.  Every year, new teams join Sonepar USA to serve the needs of customers and suppliers. Their passion, respect and focus on profit have made Sonepar USA “La Référence” - the leading standard - among distributors of high-quality electrical equipment and industrial supplies.

OUR CULTURE

Sonepar USA maintains a unique entrepreneurial culture by leveraging a decentralized structure with strong management within each of our operating companies. From day one, all associates are empowered with the tools and information needed to make decisions, and are given the opportunity to make meaningful contributions. Organized on the basis of trust and empowerment, Sonepar USA’s core values are the backbone of the company.

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WHO WE ARE

Sonepar USA is a market leader in the B-to-B distribution of electrical, industrial & safety products and related solutions. Sonepar USA is made up of over 16 of the finest locally managed electrical and industrial distributors, with coverage in all 50 states. Entering the US in 1998, Sonepar USA has continued to grow over the years due to strategic acquisitions and organic growth. Sonepar USA is a member of the Sonepar Group, an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products and related solutions.


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Offerings and Customers
The distribution of electrical products — such as lighting, conduit, wire and cable — is the primary function of Sonepar USA. Sonepar USA also distributes nonelectrical products, including tools, safety solutions and maintenance supplies. Additionally, some of the customized solutions we offer include eCommerce, energy audits and retrofits, store room and project management. 


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PEOPLE ARE OUR FUTURE

Hear from a few of our current associates about what it is like to work at Sonepar USA:

Sadie - Outside Sales

"I found about our company through the career fair and was lucky enough to get an interview on campus for the Sonepar Management Training Program.  I got to spend time with each level of the company in the operating branches. I started in the warehouse then moved into becoming a buyer on-site. I really liked the whole customer interaction aspect of the company and moved into inside sales.  I processed a lot of orders and sold from inside the branch.  Then I got to hit the road and move into outside sales and started engaging with customers.  I did that for a full year, and by then it was very clear to me that I wanted to do outside sales. I love my customers, as I get to build a relationship with them, really getting to offer service and products that help them. I get to bring a new technology or a new solution to them."

Jessie – Warehouse Supervisor

“I actually started 27 years ago.  I started in 1987 in the warehouse as a driver.  From a driver, I went to a team leader and then moved to a warehouse supervisor…. Customers come in and they do tell you they won’t shop anywhere else because they feel like a family when they come in.  That’s how we make them feel.”

Marcus – Inside Sales Operations

“I have been with the company for approximately eight years.  I started at the counter and did that for approximately two to three years. I was also the floater as well, so I went from location to location - from York, Pennsylvania to Virginia, to Richmond and Alexander, and everywhere in between. During that rotation I worked in basic counter sales, answering phones, putting in orders, etc. And as time went on, I was able to engage in a lot of the training that Sonepar offered to all of its associates. And I was able to better myself, and earn some certifications that allowed me to qualify for the position I'm currently in now.”

Rachael  - HR Shared Services

“I have been with the company for about eight years, and I am currently the HR Shared Services Manager. The people are my passion, and I love being in the HR department. I have no doubt that when people come on board to this organization they're going to fall in love with it. Not only did it start as a family-based business, based on entrepreneurship both globally and locally-- these people become your family.”

Joe – Information Technology

We – in the electrical product distribution and related services industries -  may not be in a very attractive business to the IT professional. However, if you look at our technology, we have the latest and greatest storage sub-systems, virtualized technology from VMWare, Cisco and Cisco UCS, as well as advanced router equipment that we use for our networking. These technologies are what's up and coming in the industry today.”


SONEPAR CARES

Throughout 2014, Sonepar USA participated in a variety of fundraising and community service activities with both local and national charitable organizations!  We are extremely proud of our Sonepar USA Cares efforts over the past year, combining initiatives from both our corporate offices  and operating businesses:

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    I've been with Sonepar for about two years now and I could not be happier with my decision to join this company. I work in IT and I work with great people who know their stuff. Everyone is very helpful.

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    So far I haven't encountered one down-side working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

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Sonepar USA Photos

Sonepar USA photo of: Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation Homegrown Roundup
Sonepar USA photo of: NECA Show 2018
Sonepar USA photo of: 2018 Trainee Class, our largest yet!
Sonepar USA photo of: Introducing new employees to the office!
Sonepar USA photo of: Celebrating years of service!
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Sonepar USA Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Sonepar USA (Charleston, SC) in December 2017.

    Interview

    Phone call with internal Recruiter, video chat with Recruiter, video chat with Hiring Mgr, in-person interviews with the Executive Team. Final interview was with the international logistics organization LeaderThe entire Team was very respectful of my time and friendly throughout the process.

    Interview Questions

    • How have you influenced process improvement through data and technology in your career?   Answer Question
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Sonepar USA Awards & Accolades

  • Best of the Best Marketing Award(Employee Intranet), Ted Magazine (The Electrical Distributor Magazine), 2014

Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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