Nicolas Binse

Nicolas Binse

Work experience

Work experience
Nov 2008 - Present

Supply Chain Team Lead

Silverbrook Research

In charge of the supply chain team for Silverbrook Research printhead division

Nov 2005 - Jun 2008

Head of Division


Branch Manager of Sinoswiss Inspection Co. (74 persons in China),  joint venture with logistics leader Sinotrans, for Shanghai and Nanjing branches, covering staff of 36 and 4.9 m$ revenue in 2007, in charge of budgeting, HR, IT. Launched projects to develop supply chain innovative services, combining sourcing, inspections and logistics in China.

  • Initiated inspection hubs with Sinotrans to rationalize product flow and quality controls for exports to Australia for a Sydney based distributor (5000 containers / year).
  • Started operations of environmental audits for the IT industry and sourcing services for equipment, retail, textile, and consumer goods customers.
  • Implemented an improvement plan for institutional inspections to increase the level of service and reach 500 k$ subcontracting cost savings per year (42 000 inspections).
May 2003 - Oct 2005

Asia supply chain manager

For the Personnal System Group, covering PC, notebook and accessory divisions, defined supply chain strategies and lead cross functional improvement programs over Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. Managed transversal relationship with product divisions in the US and regional supply chain team in Singapore.

  • Drove marketing, supply chain and logistics notebook teams from Sydney office to reach 70% direct shipments from Chinese suppliers. Achieved 4.2 m$ saving over 3 years while meeting customer lead-time expectations in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Lead an Asia Pacific program of 6 projects to reduce trading expenses by 5$ per PC and 6$ per notebook (20 m$ saving): air/sea conversions, contract re-negotiations, tax optimizations, packaging design…
  • Re-engineered display monitor supply chain with a hub in Shanghai to serve North Asia with 2.8 m$ saving per year on inbound costs.
Jun 2001 - Apr 2003

Procurement quality manager

For the Business Desktop PC Division headquarters (4 mio PCs a year), has been asked to relocate to Hong Kong to start-up a local organization in order to solve big recuring quality problems. Developed and managed a team of 4 engineers to control commercial PC chassis manufacturing in 4 outsourced Chinese factories (240 m$ per year portfolio). Reduced the quality issues by 90% in a very challenging business environment.

Participated to the selection and evaluation of the Taiwanese partners: Acer, Asus, FIC... influenced their improvement programs, organizational changes and new product introductions in China.

Jun 1997 - May 2001

Procurement industrial engineer

For the Business Desktop PC Division headquarters, selected new suppliers of mouse and keyboards (48 m$ per year) for the worldwide PC product line, standardized from 4 to 2 product lines, lead 12 new product introduction projects.

Evaluated and managed the Taiwanese vendors: Lite-On, Chicony, Logitech… drove manufacturing implementation in China, reduced the failure rate by 80% with a 60% cost reduction. Performed regular factory audits in China, Asia, America and Europe.

Jul 1996 - May 1997

Project buyer

For the Car systems division international competence center, participated to the product development teams (2 radios, 1 tuner and 1 navigation system) for purchasing and standardization of electronic components. Operational management of 25 suppliers (14 m$), with 5% yearly saving. Set-up just in time processes. Participated in the international negotiations and total quality improvement teams.

Jun 1994 - Jun 1996

Corporate buyer

In the French headquarters and national organization purchasing center, defined purchasing strategies on indirect commodities and services over 30 national sites, leader of the project teams. Negotiated 40 agreements (20 m$) with savings from 2 to 20%. Junior consultant in a Booz-Allen study. Set-up ISO 9002 certification.


1990 - 1993

Engineering Master


Major in industrial engineering (60%), management and economics (20%), social sciences (20%). A 3 year course following a 2 year preparatory program.