Material Sourcing Specialist - Apparel

Alpinestars - Torrance, CA

Posted: January 5th, 2023


Alpinestars is the leading global performance motorsports apparel, protection and footwear manufacturer. For over 55 years the company has been providing the world’s best athletes and motorsports enthusiasts in the pursuit of performance excellence with the most technologically advanced products which fuse protection, innovation and style.

The company, thanks to outstanding and constantly innovative products, is in a powerful growth phase in the global market, reflecting the strengthening of the staff in order to join our great successful team.


Now we are looking for a MATERIAL SOURCING SPECIALIST to join our R&D Department, who will drive the development of product materials and follows the research and development for the use of new materials, including the related tests, up to its application to developed products.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Drives the selection of materials for the development of apparel products, in order to achieve the required targets for product quality, time and costs;
  • Supports the apparel collection development at collection brief stage;
  • Update the material data base;
  • Manages the contacts with the raw material suppliers, dealing with them in order to respect the development timeline and to drive the technical discussions;
  • Actively identifies new materials and colors to achieve the quality of developed products in line with required certifications;
  • Contributes to the definition of material quality targets for product development;
  • Researches new materials from scratch for all product development purposes (inputs from the market, racing needs, trade shows and others), following the material identification, development, certification tests and application tests (on prototypes).


Qualifications and requirement:

  • Textile studies and/or 3-5 years of experience in a similar role;
  • Fluency in English and very good communication skills;
  • Knowledge of technical fabric development and physical tests;
  • Management skills and proactive approach;
  • Team working orientation;
  • Customer orientation;
  • Product Knowledge is a plus (especially from technical, protective or outdoor apparel);
  • Knowledge of materials standards and certification requirement is a plus.

About Alpinestars

In 1963, a leather craftsman by the name of Sante Mazzarolo brought forth a future icon. Based in the small Northern Italy town of Asolo and with the perennial Alpine star flower as it's namesake, Mr. Mazzarolo began producing the first products bearing the Alpinestars moniker. At that time a new sport called motocross was establishing itself and becoming quite popular across Europe. Very much aware of the sport, Sante realized an opportunity to apply his talents and technical acumen to design a new type of footwear that would meet the protective needs and demands of this beautiful yet brutal form of athleticism. The revolutionary boot that Mr. Mazzarolo produced would become an archetype for motocross protection.

Early on, Alpinestars boots caught the attention of motocross legend Roger Decoster who became one of Alpinestars' first brand ambassadors and sponsored athletes.

Right from the outset, the company's vision and desire was to continually introduce innovative products that took performance to new and higher levels.

Thus a rich heritage in motorcycle racing was born, which would branch into road racing in the late seventies and eventually into nearly all discipline of motorsports from motocross to Formula 1. Though Alpinestars has evolved over the years, the timeless rebel-style of motorcycle racing and the refined Italian aesthetic of the early sixties continue to drive the brand.

Now, nearly 50 years later, Alpinestars has outfitted countless world champions past and present and produces the highest level of performance and protective footwear and apparel. To this day, Alpinestars' legacy of motorcycle racing and its roots in Italian artistry are stitched into every garment.