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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 main 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 Programme of Values (BOQ) 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 BOQ 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 Variation 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 main contract?

Steps

Step 1: Create a Purchase Order

  1. Navigate to the project's Commitments tool.
  2. Choose an option to begin creating a purchase order:
    • If this is the first commitment for the project, click + Create and select Purchase Order from the drop-down menu in the centre of the page.
    • If you have already created the first commitment, click + Create and select Purchase Order from the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the page.
       Note
      • The Create button is available when you are viewing the Contracts and Recycle Bin tabs. New purchase orders are always added to the Contracts tab. 
      • The Export button is only available on the Contracts tab. To learn more, see Export Commitments to CSV or PDF.
  3. In the 'New Purchase Order' page 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 the business contact information for the bill-to party. This information will appear as the 'Bill To' address on any payment applications created for this purchase order. This typically includes the business name, business address and other important contact information. 
    • Ship To
      Enter the business contact information for the ship-to party. This information will appear as the 'Ship To' address on any payment applications created for this purchase order. Keep in mind this may be different from the Bill To address, such as the job site address or another off-site staging location where you want materials to be delivered.  
      Contract Company
      Select the vendor/company who will provide the purchased materials (for example, American Construction Var.). This vendor/company must exist in Procore's Project Directory. See Add a Company to the Project Directory.
    • Payment Application Contacts
      Select one (1) or more employees of the 'Contract Company' to designate as the payment application 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 payment application contacts. 
    • Status. Assign a status to the purchase order. To learn about the available statuses and which commitment statuses reflect contract amounts in your project's budget, see What are the default commitment statuses in Procore? 
    • 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 BOQ items
        Place a checkmark in this box to limit the visibility of the Programme of Values (BOQ) 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 BOQ items' setting is turned ON, the 'Programme 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 BOQ tab. See Manage Project Permission Templates.
    • Assigned To
      Select the person from the vendor/company who is responsible for the fulfillment of the purchase order.
    • Default Retention
      Specify the percentage amount of retention to withhold on the first subcontractor payment application. For example, it is a common practice to enter 5 or 10% in this field.
       Notes
      The 'Default Retention' amount set on the subcontract will only affect the amount on the first subcontractor payment application. Editing this value after creating the first subcontractor payment application will NOT affect the retention amount on subsequent payment applications. In order to set or release the retention amount on a subsequent payment application, complete the steps in Enable Retention on a Purchase Order or Subcontract. Next, use one of these Procore tools to set or release retention on the payment application: If you would like to set up retention rules that automatically adjust withheld amounts on your subcontractor payment applications, see Enable Sliding Scale Retention Rules on on a Commitment's Payment Applications
    • 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 BOQ. This action creates your new purchase order and allows you to begin entering data on the BOQ. 

Step 2: Enter the Programme of Values (BOQ)

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

Import BOQ Line Items from a CSV File

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

Add Line Items to the BOQ

 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. Under the Contracts tab, locate the purchase order or subcontract. Then click Edit.
  3. Click Programme 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 BOQ 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 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. 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 changes to the BOQ. 
    • Save & Email. Click this button to save the change to the BOQ and email the updates to the payment application contact.

 

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.