How to Create Partner Function & Partner Determination: SAP VOPAN

What is Partner Function?

Partner function is two-character identification key that describes the people and organization with whom you do the business, and who are therefore involved in transaction. Here is some standard Partner Function for customer-

  1. Sold-to party
  2. Ship-to party
  3. Bill-to party
  4. Payer

What is Partner Determination?

The Partner and business partner term in SAP SD refers to parties with whom you do business. Each business partner has specific role. E.g. Sold-to party – Business Partner who order the goods / Services. The Partner Determination can be done in three steps-

Step 1 Define Partner Function

Step 2 Create Partner Determination procedure by grouping Partner function.

Step 3 Assign the partner determination procedure to respective partner object.

Step 1 – Define Partner Function:

  1. Enter T-Code VOPAN in Command Bar.
  2. Select Customer Master Partner Object
  3. Click on Change Button, Partner Determination Procedure Screen appear.

  1. Click On New Entries Button.
  2. Enter Partner Determination Procedure and name.
  3. Double click on Partner Function node – Screen as below appear.
  4. Click on New Entries Button.
  5. Enter Partner Function Detail

Enter Partner Function / Name / Partner Type.

Field Name Desc
Partner Function Two-character unique identifier for each partner function.
Name A meaningful description for this partner function.
Partner Type It tells whether the partner function is for a customer (KU), a vendor (LI), a contact person (AP), and so on.

Step 2 – Partner Determination procedure by grouping Partner function.

  1. Click on Partner Function in procedure node.
  2. Enter Partner Det. Procedure / Partner function / Name.

Step 3 – Assign the partner determination procedure to respective partner object. We are creating partner function for customer, so here partner object is customer and assign to Account Group.

Partner Object Assign to
Customer Account Group
Sales Document Header Sales Document Type
Sales Document Item Item category Type
Delivery Header Delivery Document Type
Shipment Header Shipment Document Type
Billing Header Billing Document Type
Billing Item Billing Item Category type
Contact Contact type
  1. Click on Account groups – Function Node and click on New entries Button.
  2. Enter Partner function / Name / Account Group / Name.

Click on Save Button to save partner Function.