Ninon Doucet Invoice Design October 21, 2018 07:45:45
One of the key strengths of the automated invoice processing operation is the tight integration between their finance system and IMS. This is based on a transfer of Shared Reference Data that happens nightly that ensures each system contains the most up to date information e.g. PO numbers GL codes and new vendors.
All invoices regardless of the way in which they are sent (whether on paper or in electronic format) must include a series of mandatory fields. Article 6 of Royal Decree number 1496/2003 Spanish law which regulates the content of an invoice establishes these fields as:
Another outcome is an increase in efficiency; the AP department can instantly find an invoice without having to waste time chasing the business users. With approximately 70% of the invoices now matching the PO immediately a considerable amount of invoices only require scanning after which the process is entirely automated. This efficiency has directly resulted in a reduction in the number of people required in the Accounts Payable department; before the system was installed the team consisted of 13 people and there have been reductions in headcount as the AP manager substantiates:
Most people spend hours on their website design business cards and resumes but then use a template for their invoice. The invoice is your last contact with your client and it should share the attention to detail branding and style of your other elements. By creating a beautiful clear invoice you are saying that you care about the little details. Most importantly make sure you have all the necessary information. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes and that your spacing is consistent. Customize your invoice as much as you can. Your logo is a must but colors and a style that match your other branding items will make it a joy to pay (well as much as is possible).
The decision was made to automate the invoice processing; to streamline the department and ultimately to be benchmarked as an exemplary AP process. The search began to find a solution that could meet their needs: integrate tightly with their ERP solution be sufficiently flexible to mirror their processes and be easy for the AP team to use. "We chose to go with our final supplier because we felt they took the time to really investigate our process work with us to design the most efficient system and were able to prove the seamless integration with our ERP system and had a very effective workflow solution."
IMS now routes each invoice to be coded and authorised by the correct individual. Some invoices are automatically sent by IMS and others are routed by the AP clerk If the system is not entirely confident of this selection the AP user will initiate the distribution of the invoice to the procurer for authorisation. If they do not have the correct sign-off limit IMS determines the appropriate individual to forward it to until final approval is achieved.