Footwear Pattern Cutter – Bradford

About us and the role

The Ability Matters Group (AMG) is a leading provider of prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchair services & products, serving the needs of more than 75,000 patients at 30 centres across the UK and Ireland.

Ortho Europe is the manufacturing arm of the Ability Matters Group. Ortho Europe, established in 1990, is a major European manufacturer and distributor of prosthetic and orthotic product. Headquartered in the UK, Ortho Europe also has offices in France and Netherlands and distributors across Europe and the rest of the World.

Ortho Europe operates to ISO Standard 13485 Medical Devices Quality Management System. Offering a comprehensive range of prosthetic and orthotic stock devices, Ortho Europe are both a manufacturer of product and also a distributor of high-quality brands.

Our Bradford site has a new and exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join the business as a Footwear pattern cutter. This exciting opportunity is available for an experienced pattern cutter to join an established team producing made to measure footwear on bespoke lasts to individual specification.

The Role:

Transfer customer’s choice of design onto their bespoke lasts, ensuring design aesthetics and best fit, whilst maintaining production friendly methods.

Skills Required:

  • A good understanding of manufacturing processes from start to finish.
  • A good understanding of lasts and last flattening with the ability to make paper or digital form.
  • Create a style on a last and produce a set of production standard patterns (including all edge treatments).
  • A sound understanding of different footwear construction methods.
  • Ideally knowledge or understanding of last/pattern grading.
  • Ability to interpret technical specifications and produce footwear accordingly.
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills with an efficient and flexible approach.
  • Working knowledge of CAD systems is desirable but training will be provided.

The nature of the role is varied and can be fast paced so the successful candidate will maintain high standards when working to varying deadlines and specifications.

In return, we offer a competitive salary package, excellent benefits and the opportunity to work as part of a highly specialist and experienced team.


Category: Manufacturing

Location: Bradford

Submitted: 23rd October 2019

Salary: competitive

Queries: recruitment@abilitymatters.com

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