Cost centers are a set of activities to which costs can be allocated. They answer the question "for which purpose/function is this spending made?". The Budgets feature relies on this concept.
Set up a cost center
In settings, you can go to the tab called "Approval routing", where you will be able to create your first cost center. Those information will be exportable in the All payables tab and Export tab.
Choose a cost center name and a cost center owner, who will be accountable for this cost center (it will be mandatory for her to be in the approval flow) and for the related budget.
Example : the head of marketing is the best suited to approve expenses related to a Marketing cost center.
Cost center co-owners have the same rights as the cost center owner but do not need to be in the approval flow.
Define the approval flow
After choosing your cost center name and owner, click on Define the approval workflow (see previous screenshot).
You can define different approval thresholds, depending on the amounts of each expense, by assigning a specific approval scheme to each threshold.
Example: One approver A below the 1000 euros threshold, one approver A and one approver B for expenses above the 1000 euros threshold.
For each threshold, you can decide whether the expenditure should be approved by one OR the other approver, or by both approvers.
Edit a cost center
You can edit the cost center owner and all settings at any time by clicking on the pen tool in Approval routing, next to the cost center owner's name.
Change the cost center on a request / payable / payment
You can change the cost center on a request / payable / payment in the tab where it's located, by clicking on the payment and editing the Cost Center field.