Jodi Savage

Areas of Expertise/ Specialisms

Experience Contract Manager with 15 years’ experience in the rail sector.  Extensive experience in bid preparation including building and analysing financial models, reviewing and negotiating contractual terms, writing the bid narrative and ensuring that bid governance is followed diligently. 

Director and founding member of Women in Rail – a charity created to encourage more women into the rail sector and to support those women already employed in the sector.

Details of your last three roles


Wabtec Rail Ltd


Contract Manager


September 2013 to Present


Managing all of the bids for the vehicles division of the business which accounts for c60% of the annual turnover.  Developing relationships with the key stakeholders.  Inputting potential sales figures into the budget which determines manpower requirements, profitability, overhead rates etc. 




Account Manager


July 2012 – September 2013


Developing business with new and existing customers. Overseeing the bid process and representing the Business Development department at Senior Management level.


Wabtec Rail Limited


Sales Account Manager


January 2005 – July 2012

Professional Body Membership(s)

  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management (accredited by the CMI)
  • MCMI

General Areas of Expertise to Support a Trust Board

  • Finance, business and governance
  • Past of the UTC PSG since pre-bid stage

Specific Leadership and Skills Experience

  • Director of Women in Rail.
  • Senior Manager at ESG representing the Business Development team at the Leadership teams.

Finance Specific Experience and Skills

Preparation of cost models for tenders including risk and profitability analysis.

Input into budget including resource requirements, sales, profitability and overhead provision.

Brief comments on why your previous experience is relevant

I have been involved with the UTC from pre-bid stage and I have a genuine interest in the success of the UTC. 

My experience in tender preparation means I have good financial and business acumen.  Key to the preparation of bids is ensuring governance is robustly applied.  Managing bids includes managing different stakeholders and their different needs. My role on the board of Women in Rail has given me experience of operating in a board environment and dealing with very senior people.