Vasell Dillard

Name: Vasell Dillard
Phone: 610-454-7844
Home Location: US-PA-Collegeville-19426 (US Citizen)

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Most Recent Title: Factory Project Lead
Experience: 13 Years, 9 Months
Most Recent Pay:
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Sec. Clearance: No

Company Information
Start Date: February 2011 ~ End Date: Present
Company Name: Merck & Co. Inc., West
Job Title: Factory Project Lead

Start Date: September 2009 ~ End Date: Present
Company Name: Merck & Co. Inc
Job Title: Core Inclusion Change Partner

Start Date: June 2012 ~ End Date: May 2013
Company Name: Merck & Co. Inc
Job Title: Factory Negotiations Contingency Lead

Start Date: September 2007 ~ End Date: February 2011
Company Name: VAQTA®, Varicella and Culture Media
Job Title: Area Head

Start Date: February 2003 ~ End Date: September 2007
Company Name: RotaTeq® Bulk
Job Title: Sr. Mfg. Sup

Start Date: June 2006 ~ End Date: May 2007
Company Name: Merck & Co. Inc
Job Title: Dept. Negotiations Contingency Lead

Start Date: July 2001 ~ End Date: February 2003
Company Name: Corning Inc
Job Title: Team Leader

Start Date: June 2000 ~ End Date: July 2001
Company Name: Corning Inc
Job Title: Team Leader

School:University of Delaware
Degree:Bachelor’s Degree
Graduation Date:May 2000

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Vasell A. Dillard

946 Cholet Drive

Collegeville, PA 19426

Home: (610) 454-7844

Mobile: (215) 872-6570


To obtain a leadership position, which will utilize my proven leadership

skills, various production experiences as well as my Chemical Engineering

education and training


A talented and experienced professional with experience as a

Supervisor/Team Leader in a start-up Photonic Amplifier manufacturing

facility and a facility producing Cellular Ceramic Substrates. I also

have experience as a Supervisor/Sr. Supervisor in the manufacture of bulk

vaccine product, and as an Area Head in the manufacture of multiple bulk

vaccine and bulk media manufacturing areas. More recently I have

experience in the design, implementation and sustainment of the SAP® and

MES® systems in multiple vaccine manufacturing areas.


Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, May, 2000

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Minor: Economics


EIT certification from Delaware Association of Professional Engineers

towards PE


? Innovative professional with 13+ years of progressive experience in

manufacturing with the skills to drive production rigor, capitalize on

manufacturing efficiencies, and manage all aspects of daily production


? Exceptional leadership, organizational, oral/written communication,

interpersonal, analytical, and problem resolution skills that can

thrive in both collaborative and independent work environments

? Dedicated, innovative and self-motivated team player/builder that uses

inclusive behaviors and principles to develop personnel that are both

independent and team focused

? Successfully managed through multiple regulatory inspections including

the FDA, EMEA and TGA


Super User/Factory Project Lead (SAP®/MES®): Merck & Co. Inc., West

Point, PA Feb 2011-Present

? Successfully led startup and multiple legacy vaccine areas through the

implementation and sustainment of the SAP® and MES® business systems,

during uninterrupted production

? Working closely with the operations, technology and quality groups

developed and created the SAP® and MES® master data as well as the new

business processes for the VAQTA®, MMR®, Black Widow Spider Antivenin

and Poultry Egg production manufacturing areas

? Working directly with external contractors and the vaccine areas;

managed and oversaw the installation of all related infrastructure for

the project

? Helped train over 400 employees; consisting of a cross functional group

of managers, supervisors and hourly employees, on the operation of the

SAP® and MES® systems

? Trained and mentored a team of SMEs that successfully updated 100s of

SOPs, developed new business processes and trained the remaining

production employees on the use and execution of the new business

systems and processes

Mfg. Area Head (VAQTA®, Varicella and Culture Media): Merck & Co. Inc.,

West Point, PA Sep 2007-Feb 2011

? Successfully managed teams of supervisors in the manufacturing of

various bulk vaccine and Culture Media production areas

? Implemented several best practices relating to shift muster

organization, departmental communication tools as well tools for

document defect communication and tracking

? Successfully led an investigation team that was tasked with finding the

root cause, corrective actions and restart plan for an Atypical event

that had shut production of the Varicella pooling process

? Implemented a system of standardized work for the supervisory staff to

ensure consistent and timely completion of supervisory duties

? Facilitated the development of a departmental Safety team, which

fostered teamwork between hourly and salaried personnel in the

resolution of safety issues

Mfg. Sup./Sr. Mfg. Sup. (RotaTeq® Bulk): Merck & Co. Inc., West Point, PA

Feb 2003-Sep 2007

? Supervised teams of union employees ranging from 3-20 personnel in the

manufacturing of bulk Rotavirus vaccine product

? Developed and implemented a Safety assessment tool for all salaried

management across the Viral Vaccine organization that emphasized

employee involvement and ownership

? Successfully coordinated and reduced departmental document review

backlog from >40 documents to 0 in ~4 months

? Served as the Safety Chairperson responsible for the Safety results of

multiple vaccine manufacturing departments that successfully saw a 25%

year over year reduction in Safety metrics (LTIR, RIR, etc.)

? Developed and implemented a production staffing change that realized

~$30K a year in OT reduction cost

? Developed and implemented a novel system for long term sample storage

that increased storage space and increased sample inventory accuracy to


Mfg. Sup./Team Leader: Corning Inc., Erwin, NY Jul

2001-Feb 2003

? Supervised teams of union employees ranging from 18-30 personnel in the

production of extruded Cellular Ceramic Substrates to be used in

Catalytic Converters

? Increased my shift average process daily output rate for 65% to 77%

? Responsible for the daily maintaining and accounting of the yields, raw

materials and hours used in the daily production of the Ceramic


Assembly Sup./Team Leader: Corning Inc., Dalton, PA

Jun 2000-Jul 2001

? Startup team member who supervised and completed performance

appraisals/performance corrective plans for teams of 15-45 non-union

personnel in the production of Erbium Doped Fiber Gain Amplifiers

? Responsible for the daily tracking and presentation of the facilities

yield and output performance at operation’s production meetings

? Successfully passed the customer auditing and qualification of two new

product lines


Core Inclusion Change Partner: Merck & Co. Inc., West Point, PA

Sep 2009-Present

? Became skilled in the use of inclusive behaviors and techniques to

better facilitate a more cooperative culture that focused on business


? Led and trained a cross functional team in the utilization of inclusive

behaviors to drive results

? Developed and implemented a training plan for the bulk production

factory to drive better business results through utilization of the

inclusive principles

? Developed, organized and executed various inclusion events designed to

increase teamwork and cooperation across business functions and levels

Factory Negotiations Contingency Lead: Merck & Co. Inc., West Point, PA

Jun 2012-May 2013

? Managed the personnel selection, training/qualification and preparation

for multiple bulk vaccine departments during the 2013 labor contract

negotiations between USW and Merck and Co., Inc.

? Interviewed, selected and developed the qualification criteria for the

external training facility that was utilized for the training of all

salaried contingency personnel, which attained a 99% completion rate

? Worked closely with the Procurement group to develop the requirements

of the training service contract

Dept. Negotiations Contingency Lead: Merck & Co. Inc., West Point, PA

Jun 2006-May 2007/Jun 2009-May 2010

? Organized and executed proactive training and production plans for my

home bulk vaccine departments during the 2007 and 2010 labor contract

negotiations between USW and Merck and Co., Inc.

? Ensured processing area supervisors had sufficient raw material supply

and effective contingency production plans so they could continue

manufacturing in the event of a labor action

? Successfully helped develop various labor proposals that were included

in the 2007 labor contract between USW and Merck & Co., Inc. that

reduced overtime costs by up to 50%


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