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Create a Purchase Order

Objective

To create a purchase order in the project's Commitments tool.

Background

In Procore, a Purchase Order (PO) is a documented financial commitment that details the types, quantities, and agreed-upon prices for products or services. As part of the procurement process, purchase orders are created by a 'buyer' (for example, a general contractor) and issued to a 'seller' (for example, a subcontractor) to cover the cost of a contract. Once accepted by the 'seller,' a purchase order represents an agreement between the two parties.

Things to Consider

  • Required User Permissions:
    • To create a purchase order and see/enter data on the Schedule of Values (SOV) tab:
      • 'Admin' level permissions on the project's Commitments tool. 
        OR
      • 'Standard' level permissions on the project's Commitments tool and the 'Allow Users to See SOV Items' setting must be enabled and your name must be selected in the 'Select a Person' drop-down list
  • Additional Information:
    • Purchase orders can be transitioned into a Variation Request (for 1-tier Variations) or into a Potential Variation (for 3-tier Variations).
    • You can only create a Potential Change Order from a Purchase Order that's in the 'Approved' status.
    • To learn how to set the accounting method, see How do I set the accounting method for a commitment or prime contract?

Steps

Step 1: Create a Purchase Order

  1. Navigate to the project's Commitments tool.
  2. Click + Create and select Purchase Order from the drop-down menu.
  3. Under General Information, do the following:
    • Sign with DocuSign
      If your project is using the Procore + DocuSign® integration (see Enable or Disable the DocuSign® Integration on a Procore Project), a checkmark appears in this box by default. If you do NOT want to sign the purchase order with DocuSign®, remove the checkmark. 
    • #
      Enter or confirm the unique identifier for the purchase order. If you are creating the first purchase order for your project, Procore automatically numbers your purchase orders in sequential order. For example, PO-01-001, PO-01-002, and so on.
       Notes
    • Title
      Provide a descriptive name for the purchase order. 
       Notes
    • Bill To
      Enter information about the company responsible for who will be responsible for this purchase order's invoice payment(s). The 'Contract Company' uses this information to send its invoice to the correct company and address.
    • Ship To
      Enter the address where the materials should be delivered. In some cases, you may want to specify a different location than the actual job site.
      Note: This field will auto-populate with the data entered in the most recently created purchase order.
    • Contract Company
      Select the vendor/company who will provide the purchased materials (for example, American Construction Co.). This vendor/company must exist in Procore's Project Directory. See Add a Company to the Project Directory.
    • Progress Claim Contacts
      Select one (1) or more employees of the 'Contract Company' to designate as the progress claim contact(s). After saving the purchase order, any users added here will be added to the 'Private' list. You must select a 'Contract Company' before you can select progress claim contacts. 
    • Status. Assign a status to the purchase order. Note: The descriptions below describe how a purchase order's status displays in the project's budget. It is assumed you are using the Procore Standard Budget View. To learn more about budget views, see Set up a New Budget View.
      • Approved. Indicates the purchase order has been approved. Purchase orders in the Approved status are reflected in the project's budget in the 'Commitment Cost' column. 
      • Closed. This status can be used in two very different ways by Procore clients.
        Important! How the Closed status is used in your environment should always be determined and agreed upon by all users on your project team. Either way, it is important to note that purchase orders in this status are NOT reflected in the project's budget. 
        • Use 1. Closed can be used to indicate the purchase order has been fully invoiced.
          OR
        • Use 2. Closed can be used to mean 'Void.'
      • Draft. The system assigns this status to all new purchase orders by default. Purchase orders in the Draft status NOT reflected on the project's budget. 
      • Partially Received. Indicates the vendor has completed some, but not all, of the line items on the purchase order. Purchase orders in the Partially Received status are reflected in the project's budget in the 'Commitment Cost' column. 
      • Processing. Indicates the vendor is processing the purchase order. Purchase orders in the Processing status are reflected in the project's budget in the 'Pending Cost' column. 
      • Received. Indicates that the vendor has fulfilled all of the line items on the purchase order. Purchase orders in the Received status are reflected in the project's budget in the 'Pending Cost' column. 
      • Submitted. Indicates the purchase order has been submitted for processing. Purchase orders in the Submitted status are reflected in the project's budget in the 'Pending Cost' column. 
    • Executed
      Place a mark in this checkbox to indicate whether or not the purchase order has been executed.
       Notes
      • Many Procore users choose to place a checkmark in the 'Executed' box when placing the purchase order into the  'Approved' or 'Complete' status.
      • The time at which your project team places a checkmark in the 'Executed' box should always be aligned with your project's unique business process 
    • Private
      Choose from these options:
      • Make this visible to only administrators and the following users
        Place a checkmark in this box to limit the visibility of the purchase order to users with 'Admin' on the project's Commitments tool and users specified in the Select a Person drop-down list. 
      • Allow these users to see SOV items
        Place a checkmark in this box to limit the visibility of the Schedule of Values (SOV) items on the purchase order to users with 'Admin' on the project's Commitments tool and users specified in the Select a Person drop-down list. 
         Important

        When the 'Allow these users to see SOV items' setting is turned ON, the 'Schedule of Values' tab is only visible and available to users with 'Admin' level permissions on the project's Commitments tool and the people named in the 'Select a Person' drop-down list. 

      • Select a Person
        Select one or more people from the list. You can allow non-Admin level users to view the purchase order, if desired. Additionally, you can allow selected non-Admin users to have read-only access to the individual line items under the SOV tab. See Manage Permission Templates.
    • Assigned To
      Select the person from the vendor/company who is responsible for the fulfillment of the purchase order.
    • Default Retainage
      Specify the percentage amount of retainage to withhold on the first subcontractor invoice. For example, it is a common practice to enter 5 or 10% in this field.
       Notes
      The 'Default Retainage' amount set on the subcontract will only affect the amount on the first subcontractor invoice. Editing this value after creating the first subcontractor invoice will NOT affect the retainage amount on subsequent invoices. In order to set or release the retainage amount on a subsequent invoice, complete the steps in Enable Retainage on a Purchase Order or Subcontract. Next, use one of these Procore tools to set or release retainage on the invoice: If you would like to set up retention rules that automatically adjust withheld amounts on your subcontractor invoices, see Enable Sliding Scale Retention Rules on on a Commitment's Invoices
    • Description
      Provide additional information, as necessary.
    • Attachments
      Attach any related materials such as pricing quotes, receipts, signed purchase orders, and so on. You may attach files that have been uploaded to your project or drag and drop files from your local computer.
  4. Under Contract Dates, do the following:
    • Delivery Date. Specify the date when the purchased goods are to be delivered to the location specified in the 'Ship To' field.
  5. Under Additional Information, do the following:
    • Payment Terms. Specify relevant payment conditions, if applicable.
    • Ship Via. Enter the shipping/transport method for materials (for example, freight, FedEx, and so on.).
  6. Choose from these options:
    • Click the Create button. This action creates your new purchase order.
      OR
    • Optional. Click Create & Enter SOV. This action creates your new purchase order and allows you to begin entering data on the SOV. 

Step 2: Enter the Schedule of Values (SOV)

There are two ways to enter the Schedule of Values (SOV) on a purchase order:

Import SOV Line Items from a CSV File

If you want to import multiple line items to an SOV, the Commitments tool provides users with a CSV template that you can download, complete and then upload to Procore. For instructions, see Import Commitment SOV Line Items from a CSV File.

Add Line Items to the SOV

 Notes
  • If your company is using the Procore + Integration by Ryvit integration and your Integration by Ryvit system is configured to use the Calculated Method, Integration by Ryvit will NOT allow the use of Lump Sum (LS) as a unit of measurement.
  • If you are using the 'Override Subtotal', you must ONLY input the Subtotal Amount. The Integration by Ryvit integration will then create an 'LS' item in Integration by Ryvit.
  1. Navigate to the project's Commitments tool.
  2. Beta Under the Contracts tab, locate the purchase order or subcontract. Then click Edit.
  3. Click Schedule of Values.
  4. Click Add Line.
  5. Follow the appropriate steps depending on whether your accounting method is Amount Based or Unit/Quantity Based:
     Note
    To edit your accounting method before adding SOV line items, see Edit the Advanced Settings Tab on a Commitment. To learn more, see How do I set the accounting method for a contract?
    1. For contracts using the Amount Based accounting method:
      1. #
        Automatically enters a line item number in sequential order. 
      2. Change Event Line Item
        If you have change events enabled, you can select a change event line item if the commitment needs to be linked to a change event. 
      3. Budget Code
        Select a budget code from the or click Create Budget Code to create a new one. See What is a budget code?
      4. Description
        Enter a description for the line item. For example, type: Monthly Service Fee
      5. Amount
        Enter the amount of the cost.
      6. Billed to Date
        The system automatically calculates the amount billed on the commitment up to the current date.  
      7. Amount Remaining
        Enter the amount that has NOT been billed to the current date. 
      8. Tax Code
        Enter a tax code to use for this line item. This field only appears if you have enabled the tax codes feature. See How can I use tax codes on a project?
    2. For contracts using the Unit/Quantity Based accounting method:
      1. #
        Automatically enters a line item number in sequential order. 
      2. Change Event Line Item
        If you have change events enabled, you can select a change event line item if the commitment needs to be linked to a change event. 
      3. Budget Code
        Select a budget code from the list or click Create Budget Code to create a new one. See What is a budget code?
      4. Description
        Enter a description for the line item. For example, type: Monthly Service Fee
      5. Qty
        Enter the number of units.
      6. UOM
        Enter the Unit of Measure (UOM).
         Notes
      7. Unit Cost
        Enter the Unit Cost in the box provided.
      8. Amount
        The system automatically calculates the subtotal for you, based on the QtyUOM, and Unit Cost entries. 
      9. Billed to Date
        The system automatically calculates the amount billed on the commitment up to the current date. 
      10. Amount Remaining
        Enter the amount that has NOT been billed to the current date. 
      11. Tax Code
        Enter a tax code to use for this line item. This field only appears if you have enabled the tax codes feature. See How can I use tax codes on a project?
  6. Choose one of these options:
    • Save. Click this button to save the SOV. 
      OR
    • Save & Email. Click this button to save the SOV and send the invoice to the invoice contact by email. 

 

 

If you would like to learn more about Procore’s commitments software and how it can help your business, please visit our construction financials tool product page here.