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Controlling the subcontracting to Vendor (541)

Updated May 18, 2018

SAP system allows user to issue material to the vender through 541 movement type (transfer posting -MB1B) without refering to any purchasing document.

It's a standard SAP functionality which you can control in two ways:

1. Field settings : Change fields settings for 541 to include Purchase Order number field as mandatory in the screen. But, this is a weak control as you can enter a Purchase Order and send any material to vendor.

OMBW - double click 541 -> double click Material Management

2. Change the IMG settings for movement type 541 and remove the transaction code MB1B as allowed transaction code. Use ME2O only. If you want to issue excess material to vendor, you will have to change the Purchase Order components.

OMJJ - click the Select all button

Type 541 for the Movement Type
Click the Back button
Click Allowed Transactions
Delete transaction code for MB1B


  • 22 Jul 2008 8:05 am Guest
    If we remove 541 then how to send material to vendor
  • 28 Aug 2008 8:19 pm Guest
    You will not remove 541 in this way, just make PO mandatory in case of 541. I prefer to use 541 with me2o.
  • 16 Apr 2009 5:48 pm Guest
    How do we return the components provided to the vendor via 541.
    Say we have send 1000 Components to vendor via ME2O delivery process. Later we decide to process only 500 and decide to return 500 back from subcontractor to our stock. Since it will be a physical recipt @ warehouse, how can we have a return delivery so that warehouse can GR (542 should happen then). Please send your options/solutions to
  • 02 Jun 2009 8:37 am TeTe
    In fact,i wanna know how is the voucher for issueing material to subcontracor and receive back.