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Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Funding is available from ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet for organisations interested in signing up individuals for this executive program. Please contact a member of our team at to request further information.

At Tangent, we offer unique and timely programmes that address current executive challenges. Design Thinking and Agile Methodologies have been combined with deep industry insight to create this Digital Transformation in Manufacturing programme that will set you and your organisation up for success on your digital journey.

This executive program has been designed to enable leaders in the manufacturing sector to address digital challenges and acquire complex problem solving, technology use and implementation and analytical thinking skills. These have been identified by the World Economic Forum as being in the Top 5 Skills for 2025.

Specifically, this programme is designed to enable participants to:

  • Learn a distinct, actionable process to define the solution and requirements, including investment cases, stakeholder management and benefits realisation.
  • Lead, participate in and leverage cross-functional teams to design the full digital journey
  • Use Design Thinking to explore and co-create solutions specific to their organisation objectives
  • Fully explore the people, business and technology impacts of digital transformation

This programme will show participants how to use human-centred design thinking to co-create and implement strategies, new processes, and change culture. Participants will learn how to leverage cross-functional teams to co-create solutions to digital transformation.

Real life scenarios and digital use cases are analysed and used as vehicles for understanding the concepts and gaining insight into the process. The program also includes coaching in digital transformation, provided by the tutors.

The programme is particularly suited to senior managers and leaders from all disciplines within manufacturing including Quality, Manufacturing, HR, Finance, Supply Chain, IT and Validation Engineering.


Learn more about
Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Course Introduction Learning Outcomes Course Facilitators Register Your Interest
Marc Benioff
CEO, Salesforce

Digital transformation is the process of using digital technologies to create new — or modify existing — business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements. This reimagining of business in the digital age is digital transformation.

Global Digital Program Lead

Excellent Course. Well Delivered and thoroughly executed. Practical and detailed directions for building a digital strategy.

IT Executive Director

The comprehensive content, developed through many years of best practice research and experience, provided us with a clear and manageable playbook to help us deliver digital solutions across a range of processes.

Operations Director
Technology Solutions

An excellent course with a clear focus on making digital technology adoption real for the Life Sciences sector.

Course dates and structure

  • 01: Orientation and Framing the Challenge - 13th Jan 2022
  • 02: Design Thinking and Requirements Gathering - 20th Jan 2022
  • 03: Prototyping and Testing to Learn - 27th Jan 2022
  • 04: Choosing Solutions and Technology - 3rd Feb 2022
  • 05: Planning Strategy For Digital and Benefits Estimation - 10th Feb 2022
  • 06: Executing the Digital Strategy - 17th Feb 2022
  • 07: Projects Presentation - 3rd March 2022
  • 08: Program Summary and Closure - 10th March 2022

Who teaches the course?

Barry Curry

Barry is a Project Management and Manufacturing Systems consultant operating primarily the Life Sciences industry. Managing complex software projects for some of the world’s largest Life Sciences companies for over 20 years, Barry has gained an outstanding reputation for software project management internationally.

His approach to project management is creative, innovative, and effective and has seen him become one of industry’s leading consultants. He has held senior roles in Life Sciences, systems integration, and consulting firms. He is a specialist in the areas of electronic manufacturing batch records (eBR), data integrity, and regulatory compliance, supporting clients through regulatory inspections. He has managed several projects transforming client manufacturing operations from paper records to electronic batch records.

Barry has lead projects for companies such as GSK, Pfizer, BMS, Sanofi, Amgen, Takeda, MSD, Johnson and Johnson, Alexion and many others. He is currently the Lead consultant at System E, and worked previously as a consultant with Rockwell Automation.

Barry holds a Degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from TU Dublin, is a Chartered Engineer and holds the title of European Engineer (Eur Ing) from the FEANI. He is a regular speaker at international project management and Life Sciences events and conferences. Barry also serves as an industry consultant to Universities and Colleges in Ireland.

Derval Kennedy

Derval is the Founder and Managing Director of StratAdept, a boutique consulting firm specialising in strategy and transformation. Derval Kennedy is an accomplished executive with over 30 years' experience delivering strategy and transformation programs in financial services, healthcare, life sciences and technology.

Follow an early career in financial services in the US, Derval moved to consulting, where she worked at Director level in Fujitsu, Distinct and FTI. She helped to design and deliver transformational programmes in Ireland, UK and US. She has also worked as senior Commercial Director at the Innovation Value Institute, founded by Intel and Boston Consulting. She has a wealth of experience across diverse organisation cultures, and is particularly strong at strategy facilitation, organisation capability development and digital transformation.

Derval has advised numerous Life Sciences organisations (Change Healthcare, McKesson, Mylan), helping them to address transformation challenges, using human-centred methods and tools. She serves as a strategy and innovation advisor to clients of Enterprise Ireland, Údarás Na Gaeltachta, and a number of charities. Derval is a contributor to Tangent courses, teaching strategy and change by design. Derval holds an MSc. In Strategy and Org. Development from Trinity, and an BA in Languages.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered through online media and classroom sessions, using videos, interactive presentations, case studies, and additional resources. Trinity’s Virtual Learning Environment Blackboard, using One optional online tutorial will be made available to students at the end of the course. You will also be enrolled in an online alumni community of your fellow students, to continue to share learnings and experiences.

How do I register and pay for the course?

Application is Open – Apply now in 3 easy steps:

  1. Complete the form.

  2. Follow up call will be scheduled.

  3. Payment link will be sent to you and you are all set.

Course fees of €2,500 include access to the course via Blackboard for 8 weeks and a certificate of completion when all multiple choice questions have been attempted.

Please be aware that participation in the course does not include access to the Trinity Library or other student services.

TCD Tangent Certificate of Completion is conferred on all who complete the course.