Ali Pandır studied Mechanical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. His career started in Tekersan Jant Sanayi and he moved to Koc Holding in 1982 where he served as Project Manager until 1984. Then, he worked as Production Manager in Otokar between 1984-1989.
He joined General Motors in 1990 where he held several managerial positions in GM Turkey, Opel Germany, GM China, GM Singapore and GM Indonesia until he joined Fiat Group in 2006. He was the CEO and the Board Member of Tofas–Fiat Group until 2012. Before joining to ERDEMİR Group, he was the Country Head of Fiat Turkey.
After 33 years of professional career, he was the Chairman of the Board of Erdemir Group between November 2013 and January 2017.