This Blog post will give the overview on what is Partner Determination in vendor account group in SAP MM and how to configure it within the S/4 system.
This article will guide you through step-by-step procedure and will give you the complete idea on usage of Partner Determination in Vendor master data.
This blog is continuation of the previous article, so in case you haven’t watched the previous one on “Vendor Account Group Configuration in SAP MM: Part – 1”, you can check by hitting here.
Vendors exhibit different type of roles in SAP, let’s understand this with an example.
Consider that you have ordered a kit from a vendor ‘X’. Now this order will be placed to the manufacturing company ’Y’ by the Vendor ‘X’. After the order is ready the manufacturing company will deliver the kit to the customer. So, till now the manufacturing company acted as a supplier of goods/Delivery of goods and the Vendor ‘X’ acted as an ordering party. Now as the kit has been delivered, the Vendor ‘X’ will pay the amount to the different company ‘Z’ on behalf of manufacturing company ‘Y’. So, now the ‘Z’ will act as a Invoicing Party. The definition of different vendor like Ordering Address/Invoicing Party/Delivery of Goods is termed as Partner Roles in SAP.
A vendor may exhibit ‘n’ numbers of partner roles in the system, this can be standard or a customized one as well depending on the requirements.
Defining different Partner Roles in SAP:
|Path:||SPRO – Material Management – Purchasing – Partner Determination – Partner Roles – Define Partner Roles|
You can define different partner roles as shown in the below image.
Now the partner roles can be assigned to the account group:
|Path:||SPRO – Material Management – Purchasing – Partner Determination – Partner Roles – Define Permissible Partner Roles per Account group|
Here you can define the permissible partner roles per account group –
In the above method instead of defining partner roles per Account group, you can create a group of partner roles and can then assign it to account group – this is termed as Partner Schemas.
You can define the partner schemas and different roles per schemas here
|Path:||SPRO – Material Management – Purchasing – Partner Determination – Partner Settings in supplier Master Record – Define Partner Schemas|
While defining Partner roles, there are 2 options.
No Change – It indicates that the supplier number cannot be changed in the document for that partner role
Mandatory – The selected Partner Roles are mandatory for the document
Now you can assign the created Partner schemas to the account group:
|Path:||SPRO – Material Management – Purchasing – Partner Determination – Partner Settings in supplier Master Record – Assign Partner Schemas to Account Groups.|
In the similar way you can define the Partner Schemas to the Purchasing documents types.
|Path:||SPRO – Material Management – Purchasing – Partner Determination – Partner Settings in Purchasing Documents types – Define Partner Schemas|
Assign it to document types:
|Path:||SPRO – Material Management – Purchasing – Partner Determination – Partner Settings in Purchasing Documents types – Assign Partner Schemas to Purchasing documents types.|
I hope from this article you have got the knowledge of what is partner determination in vendor master record and how to configure it.
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