Top 23 Oracle Purchasing Interview Questions You Must Prepare 14.Jun.2024

RCV_SHIPMENT_HEADERS:It contains supplier shipment header data like Shipment date, supplier Name

RCV_TRANSACTIONS_INTERFACE:It contains received data like Item name, quantity, and receiving location


PO_HEADERS_ALL (SEGMENT1 column in this table represents the Document number)

This table stores header information of a Purchasing Document. You need one row for each document you create.


This table stores the line information of a Purchasing Document


This table contains the information related to purchase order shipment schedules and blanket agreement price breaks. You need one row for each schedule or price break you attach to a document line.


This table contains the information related to accounting distribution of a purchase order shipment line. You need one row for each distribution line you attach to a purchase order shipment


This table stores the general information about the suppliers


This table stores information about the supplier sites. Each row includes the site address, supplier reference, purchasing, payment, bank, and general information.


This table stores information related to planned and blanket Purchase Order releases. Each row includes the buyer, date, release status, and release number. Each release must have at least one purchase order shipment.


This table stores information about contacts related to Supplier site. Each row includes contact name and site.


This table stores information about the approval and control history of a Purchasing Document. This table stores one record for each approval or control action an employee takes on a purchase order, purchase agreement, release or requisition.

Create internal order request will trfer the IR info to OM interface tables.

PO_REQUISITION_HEADERS_ALL (SEGMENT1 column in this table represents the requisition number):

This table stores Header information of a Purchase Requisition.

Important columns of this table:

REQUISITION_HEADER_ID:It is a unique system generated Requisition identifier

PREPARER_ID:It is a unique identifier of the employee who prepared  the requisition

SEGMENT1:It is the Requisition number

AUTHORIZATION_STATUS:Authorization status type

TYPE_LOOKUP_CODE:Requisition type

ORG_ID:Unique Operating unit unique identifier


This table stores information about Requisition lines in a Purchase Requisition. This table stores information related to the line number, item number, item category, item description, item quantities, units, prices, need-by date, deliver-to location, requestor, notes, and suggested supplier information for the requisition line.

Important columns of this table:

REQUISITION_HEADER_ID:It is a unique system generated Requisition identifier


LINE_NUM:Indicates the Line number

LINE_TYPE_ID:Indicates the Line type

CATEGORY_ID:Unique Item category identifier

ITEM_DESCRIPTION:Description of the Item

QUANTITY NUMBER:Quantity ordered


This table stores information about the accounting distributions of a requisition line. Each requisition line must have at least one accounting distribution. Each row includes the Accounting Flexfield ID and Requisition line quantity.

Important columns of this table:

DISTRIBUTION_ID:Unique Requisition distribution identifier

REQUISITION_LINE_ID:Unique Requisition line identifier

CODE_COMBINATION_ID:Unique General Ledger charge account identifier

 DISTRIBUTION_NUM:Distribution number

Only an approver or a reviewer can reject requisition. Only a buyer can return a requisition. A buyer will return a requisition to the preparer for incomplete or inaccurate information.


Requisition Import Run Report: We can view the number of requisitions created and the number of records that showed an error

Requisition Import Exceptions Report: In this report we can see all the rows that fail validation.

Requisition templates can be used to help you quickly create requisitions. A requisition template contains much of the information needed to create a requisition, thus reducing the amount of data entry required to create a new requisition. If you find yourself repeatedly creating similar requisitions for your group or department, you should consider creating and saving requisition templates as a time-saver.

If the data of requisition remain the same for repeated purchase of an item, the information can be copied to a template and the same can be copied to the Requisition as many number of times as required.

The Category box is a required field and is used to define goods and services at a summary or detailed level.

By running this program, we can automatically create an invoice for a PO when we enter a receipt for the respective PO.

A quotation is a supplier’s response to RFQ.
Quote analysis is the process of reviewing the quotations given by the suppliers. The best quotation will be selected by analyzing certain factors like price, quality, delivery time etc.

Pre-Approved is the status of a requisition when an authorized approver has approved the requisition and has forwarded the requisition to another individual to review.

Before you can pay or create accounting entries for any invoice, the Invoice Validation process must validate the invoice.
Invoice Validation checks the matching, tax, period status, exchange rate, and distribution information for invoices you enter and automatically applies holds to exception invoices. If an invoice has a hold, you can release the hold by correcting the exception that caused Invoice Validation to apply the hold by updating the invoice or the purchase order, or changing the invoice tolerances.

The following are the documents that use PO_HEADERS_ALL RFQ’s, Quotations, Standard Purchase Order, Planned Purchase Order, Blanket Purchase Order and Contracts.

Approval hierarchies let you automatically route documents for approval.

There are two kinds of approval hierarchies in Purchasing:

  • position hierarchy
  • employee/supervisor relationships.

There are three modes:

Online: Receipts are processed online. If there are any errors, they are shown on the FORM itself, and don’t let you IGNORE and PROCEED.

Immediate: Receipts are processed immediately, but no errors are shown. Errors are recorded in REC_TRANSACTION_INTERFACE table.

Batch: Receipts are processed in batch, but no errors are shown. Errors are recorded in REC_TRANSACTION_INTERFACE table.

Note: In all the above two cases, it requires Receiving Traction Processor to be run periodically.

  • Purchase Order Receipts
  • Internal Requisition Receipts
  • Inventory Inter-Org Trfer Receipts
  • Customer Return Receipts

Procure to pay (p2p) is a process of requesting, purchasing, receiving, paying for and accounting for goods and services.  Procure to Pay Lifecycle is one of the important business Process in Oracle Applications. It’s the flow that gets the goods required to do business.  It involves the tractional flow of data that is sent to a supplier as well as the data that surrounds the fulfillment of the actual order and payment for the product or service.

Create a requisition>> create RFQ>> create a quotation from quote analysis>> generate a PO>>receipt of material>> create Invoice in payables>> trfer to GL

It is a concurrent program, which is used to import requisition from Oracle or Non-Oracle system.

Data is first loaded in PO_REQUISITION_ALL table. The RIP can then be run, to import the records from the interface table as requisition in Oracle Processing.

RIP creates a requisition line and one or more requisition distribution for each row it finds in the interface table. It then groups these lines on Requisitions according to parameters defined

It is a formal request intended to procure/buy something that is needed by the organization. It is created and approved by the department requiring the goods and services.

A purchase requisition typically contains the description and quantity of the goods or services to be purchased, a required delivery date, account number and the amount of money that the purchasing department is authorized to spend for the goods or services. Often, the names of suggested supply sources are also included.

Basically, requisitions are of two types:

Internal requisition and purchase requisition

  • Internal Requisitions are created if the Items are to be obtained from one Inventory location to another location within the same organization. Here the source of the requisition would be INVENTORY. There is no approval process for internal requisition.
  • Purchase Requisitions are created if the goods are obtained from external suppliers. Here the source of the requisition would be SUPPLIERS. The purchase requisitions are sent for approvals.

The original version of a revised PO cannot be viewed from the PO form or PO summary form. Information on the original PO can be obtained from the PO_HEADERS_ARCHIVE and PO_LINES_ARCHIVE tables using the PO_HEADER_ID column as a common reference using SQL only.

Receipt Routing is of three types: Direct, Standard and Inspection

  • In Direct once the goods arrive at the destination, we directly move them to a specific Sub-Inv
  • In Standard once the goods are at the destination, we receive it at the receiving point first and then move them to the Sub-Inv.
  • In Inspection once the goods are at the destination, we receive it at the receiving point and then we perform inspection and accordingly we either accept it or reject them.

Oracle Payables shares purchase order information from your purchasing system to enable online matching with invoices. Invoiced or billed items are matched to the original purchase orders to ensure that you pay only for the goods or services you ordered and/or received.

Two–Way: Purchase order and invoice quantities must match within tolerance before the corresponding invoice can be paid.

Three–Way: Purchase order, receipt, and invoice quantities must match within tolerance before the corresponding invoice can be paid.

Four–Way: Purchase order, receipt, accepted, and invoice quantities must match within tolerance before the corresponding invoice can be paid.