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Function documentation Partner Functions  Locate the document in its SAP Library structure


Use partner functions to define the rights and responsibilities of each business partner in a business transaction. You assign partner functions when you create a master record for a business partner.


The following are examples of partner functions that are defined in the standard system:

     Partner functions for partner type customer

     Sold-to Party

Contains data on sales, such as the assignment to a sales office or a valid price list

     Ship-to Party

Contains data for shipping, such as unloading point and goods receiving hours

     Bill-to Party

Contains the address and data on document printing and electronic communication


Contains data on billing schedules and bank details

     Partner functions for partner type vendor

     Ordering address

     Invoice presented by

     Goods supplier

     Alternative payee

     Partner functions for other partner types, for example, personnel (HR master records)

Employee responsible

You can use this partner function, for example, to assign a buyer within your company to a vendor.



Customer partner functions

The company or person who places an order can be the same company or person who receives the goods and the invoice and pays. Because this customer assumes all partner functions, you create one master record for the customer. You create a customer master record for the sold-to party in which you enter data required for the other partner functions.

A subsidiary office can place an order and its head office can pay the invoice. In this case, you divide partner functions among the different offices. You need a corresponding number of customer master records. In one master record you enter, for example, the address of the sold-to party for correspondence, in the other, the address of the ship-to party for delivery. You establish a link between the partner functions in the customer master record of the sold-to party by entering the customer number of the respective partner functions.


When creating master records, you define the partner functions for business partners by assigning an account group. For partner types customer and vendor, you define which account group can be used for which partner function. You do this in Customizing in the following activities:


In Customizing for Basic Functions (SD) in the activity Assign partner functions on the debit side to account groups.


In Customizing for Purchasing (MM) in the activity Define permissible partner roles per account group.

The partner determination procedure specifies the partner functions that are allowed or mandatory for processing a particular business transaction, such as a sales or purchase order.

More Information

Partner Determination in Sales and Distribution

Vendors: Partner Determination





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