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How Different are we?

What Makes Us Different?

Founded in 1969 by two French families with a partnership going back 150 years, we have built up a global network of companies that employs over 48,000 people. Though we have grown tremendously, we have kept our family shareholder base, our independence and our basic values.

Whatever Sonepar entity you work for, you get to share in our success, because this success belongs to all of us. Are you ambitious and energetic? Good, because so are we.

We offer our associates career opportunities around the world and a rewarding work environment. We encourage you to take initiatives. We are enriched by your skills and your personality. We’re Sonepar — POWERED BY DIFFERENCE.

We Care For Our People

Do you enjoy a good challenge? Great, because we value bold thinkers who thrive with challenging tasks.

We were founded by entrepreneurs and their spirit inspires us to this day. We strongly encourage initiative and creativity.

Our people enjoy the opportunity we offer to express ideas and execute them. Our fifty years of growth have taught us to value long-term success over short-term gain. We invest in the long-term development of our people.

Our People First - Sonepar Associate Experience


Our recruitment process ensures our candidates are provided with the best possible experience.

We take every step to ensure that there is a good cultural fit and that each of our new recruits can envisage what they can bring to the company and how much the company can bring to them.

Team spirit is fundamental for us.


Thanks to our onboarding programs, our new associates feel welcome and settle into their new environment, the programs teach them how the Group operates. We also hold team-building events to help them get acquainted with local environments.

Appreciate your performance and leverage it

Every year, our managers review the successes and opportunities with each team member to share insights, check accomplishments and establish an action plan for their career goals.

We believe that managers must develop the potential within the teams for the best outcome. We are convinced that commitment is key and that excellence in execution makes a difference.

Identify your potential

In addition to annual objectives, the Sonepar Leadership Model enables us to view on how the skills of our associates meet the key qualities for the Group.

For this purpose, we give regular feedback to identify their strengths and possible development areas in order to improve their skills.

Develop your skills

Based on the identified strengths and development areas, training programs matching their needs are offered to our associates. People are key to us. We identify and provide opportunities to those who are willing and able to make a global contribution above their local roles which turn out to be building-blocks in their development and key steps in their career progression.


We are committed to acknowledging involvement and associates’ comfort in their roles, with managers best placed to identify each member’s talents for team performance, with career plans designed around individual goals and contribution to Sonepar’s growth. Associates’ involvement in international task forces helps foster broad discussion and global business network.