Jim Butler has been the Chief Procurement Officer for the State of California since May 2008. He is responsible for managing and leading the Department of General Services, Procurement Division, California’s central acquisition business agent, serving an integral role in enabling state departments to carry out their missions. Jim has 20 years of experience leading procurement, systems, and business development teams through the process of growth and change.
Jim was Director of Procurement Services at Levi Strauss & Co. from 2002 until 2007 reengineering legacy purchasing functions, implementing strategic sourcing, and deploying eProcurement tools across a wide variety of categories. From 1996 until 2001, he held a variety of senior manager positions with Dell Computer Corporation in procurement, ERP systems, and business development. From 1993 until 1996, he led Asia business development efforts for a portfolio of venture backed clients at Asia Pacific Ventures, a venture capital company in Menlo Park, California.
Jim has served in governance and oversight roles for several private and public sector organizations and currently serves as a member of the NASPO Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese and a Master of Business Administration, both from Brigham Young University.
Purchasing Manager, Acquisitions Branch
Procurement Professionals for WSCA
Multiple Awards Program Manager
Master Agreement Unit Supervisor
California Multiple Awards Schedules (CMAS)
California Procurement & Contracting Academy (Cal-PCA)
Statewide Commodity Contracts
Delegated Purchasing Authority
Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Program (DVBE)
eProcurement (includes State Contract and Procurement Registration System)
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
Master Agreements (includes CAL-Card® and Credit Card Acceptance)
Prompt Payment Program
Software Licensing (SLP)
State Financial Marketplace (includes GS $Martâ, Lease $MartJ, and Energy $Mart)
Technology Acquisitions Branch
Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA)