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cotestacey
Occasional Member - Level 2

Concur Approval Workflows

Does anyone in the group currently use a worflow as follows?  Expense report submitted, AP Processor audit, Manager approval, then sent for payment.  I'm interested to see if anyone's workflow looks like this and how it's working for your organization.  Thanks!

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KevinD
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@PamF I can help you with this. From the SAP Concur home screen, you should see Expense at the top of the screen. Click on Expense. It will take you to the Manage Expenses screen. Now, it is easy to miss, but just below the black bar near the top of the screen under Expense, you should see the word Processor with a little dropdown arrow next to it. Click on the dropdown arrow and select Process Reports. This will take you to the screen where final approval is given to reports. Once approved they go into a Batch to be reimbursed once that batch is closed out.

 

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any issues. 

 

Kevin


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Josh
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Hey @cotestacey,

In a way, yes, but not in the exact terms you mentioned. We still have the manager approval before the report is sent to the Processor in Concur, from which it's batched out for payment, but we do have many areas where we utilize a pre-approval step before it progresses to the actual manager for approval.

Also, before I go into too much detail, we are using the [Manager > Authorized Approver > Processor] option in our approval routing settings.

We have many locations around the US, and over half of them utilize a finance pre-approval process (it's not required). Essentially, the pre-approver is set up in Concur with an approval limit of $1. They are then set as the default approver for all of the employees at that location. When an employee submits a report to them, they ensure proper coding to match what's budgeted, ask for further info (business purpose, comment, etc.), examine receipts, and generally make sure everything is in order.

After that step, the pre-approvers then use the Approval Flow menu option to send the report to the employee's supervisor for approval. We use the Approval Flow menu option, where they add in a User-Added Approval step before the Authorized Approval step (instead of Approve & Forward) to avoid issues with approval limits.

If the pre-approver tried to send a report to a manager with Approve & Forward, and the report exceeded the manager's approval limit, they wouldn't be able to. This way, they manager can still approve it, but it will still progress onto their own approver if their authorization level isn't high enough.

It has worked pretty well for our organization, but it is very manual process. The pre-approvers must maintain a list of employee-supervisor relationships on their own, and they are entering in that info manually for each report that they approve. We have previously talked to Concur about building a customization where we can assign this to be automatic, and may pull the trigger on that this year. The customization would allow us to assign two approvers per user, and the approval flow will be unique, even if the pre-approver is the same for lots of users.

This would be different than the [Manager > Second Approver > Processor] option, as it will still employ authorization levels, and the [Manager > Manager's Manager (up to 5 levels) > Processor] option, as the pre-approver's manager will mostly not be the submitter's manager.

Anyway, that's what we do. Hope that's helpful. Let me know if you have any questions; thanks!


Josh
cotestacey
Occasional Member - Level 2

Hi Josh,

Thank you so much for the detailed reply.  This may be helpful to our organization as well.  At the moment we are just putting some feelers out there to see what other companies are doing.  Again, I really appreciate your response!

Thanks,

Stacey

DeanR
Routine Member - Level 2

Hi @cotestacey 

We use the workflow exactly as you've described it and it's working fine for us. 

The AP Processors are reviewing:

  • correct Expense Types are selected
  • correct receipt status is selected
  • necessary receipts are attached and match each expense
  • Attendee information is correct

For these items the AP Processors have a better understanding of what is correct than the approving managers do, so it makes sense to arrange the workflow this way.  Previously we had the manager approval first but found that a lot of reports were being sent back by the AP Processors to the employee and the managers would then have to re-approve.  Now the approving managers are only getting 'clean' expense reports to approve.

It's a bit laborious for the AP Processor(s) as we're effectively auditing every single report.  However we're a small organisation, only licensed for 80 expense reports per month, which is rarely exceeded. 

Josh
Routine Member - Level 2

Wow, @DeanR, I think I envy you and your 80 report quota. We're currently at 1800 / month and sometimes go over! grimacing-face_1f62c


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DeanR
Routine Member - Level 2

Ha ha @Josh , it is nice to be a small fish sometimes!  I don't envy you trying to manage training, communication, support etc for that many users.

PamF
Occasional Member - Level 1

Hi There!

 

We are also a small company that has purchased Concur, however have not fully implemented it.  The approval flow is similiar to yours with Accounting Review being the final step in the approval process but I can't find the queue the expense reports are going to once the manager has completed the approval.  Any advice?  Very much appreciate your insight!

 

 

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KevinD
Community Manager
Community Manager

@PamF I can help you with this. From the SAP Concur home screen, you should see Expense at the top of the screen. Click on Expense. It will take you to the Manage Expenses screen. Now, it is easy to miss, but just below the black bar near the top of the screen under Expense, you should see the word Processor with a little dropdown arrow next to it. Click on the dropdown arrow and select Process Reports. This will take you to the screen where final approval is given to reports. Once approved they go into a Batch to be reimbursed once that batch is closed out.

 

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any issues. 

 

Kevin


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Kevin Dorsey
SAP Concur Community Manager

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PamF
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Thank you so much!  I found it!  If I am the accounting approval, can I also act on behalf of another person?  I'm trying to following the approved report through to test it and not having much luck!

 

Thanks so much for the help!

 

Pam

KevinD
Community Manager
Community Manager

@PamF the best way I have found to test the approval workflow is to use two different users. One is the Submitter and the other is the assigned manager for the Submitter that also has Processor rights. This way you can log in as the Submitter, create the report, submit the report. Then, log in as the manager and approve the report, which will put it in the Processor queue. Since the manager has processor rights, there won't be any need to log out and log in with a third user. 

 

I hope this makes sense. I don't usually recommend proxying in as another user because although you proxy in as someone else, Concur still stamps your name as the person who actually created the report. Then when you go to approve it, you get a message saying you cannot approve your own report. Better to just have two different user accounts to test the approval process.

 

Kevin


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fbromeiro
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Hi @cotestacey

At our company we use [User>Manager>Concur Detect (AppZen)>Processor (High Risk only)>Payment]

I am also curious to see what other companies have in place.

LMaag
Occasional Member - Level 2

fbromeiro  - interested in your feedback on Detect if you are willing to share.

 

Thanks!

pfrumusa
New Member - Level 1

Hi @fbromeiro 

 

Can you provide me with a quick review of Concur Detect?  Pros/Cons, cosft effectiveness?

 

Thank you!

 

HPGamy
Occasional Member - Level 1

Hello @fbromeiro I was told by three different people (2 at Concur and 1 at Appzen) that they can't alter the workflow to allow a manager to look at the report before it goes to AppZen. It appears you've been able to find a way to do it. Would you be willing to share your success? I would appreciate it!

fbromeiro
Occasional Member - Level 2

Hi @HPGamy . I am sure it's possible. Our company is using this workflow since May/2018 (Employee>Manager>Appzen>Payment).

 I don't have advanced access to change workflows myself, this was set up by the Concur staff in collaboration with Appzen, per our request.

HPGamy
Occasional Member - Level 1

Thanks for this, @fbromeiro! I shared this with our AppZen Account Manager and she insists it isn't possible. I wonder if you would be willing to share the name of your Account Manager (you can email me directly at amckelvy@hollandpartnergroup.com) so I can get the two of them on the same page. Thanks so much!