Luiz Alvarez studied Civil Engineering at the Universidade de São Paulo and completed his postgraduate studies at the Kellogg School of Management in the USA and at Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom. He began his professional career in 1991 as a trainee at Autolatina, a joint venture between Ford and Volkswagen in Brazil and Argentina.
In 1995, he took over a management position in the Supply Department at Volkswagen do Brasil. Between 1996 and 1999, he worked for Volkswagen in Germany and Argentina. From 2000 onwards, he headed the Department of Purchase of Metallic Parts at Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (now MAN Latin America). In 2007, he was promoted to become Supply Department Manager at MAN Latin America and has been a member of the Management Board at MAN Latin America since 2016, with responsibility for the Supply Department.