Add visibility and control to the production process

What is NetSuite Work Order Management?

NetSuite work order management capabilities add control and visibility when producing assembly items for stock or to fill orders. Bring efficiencies to your manufacturing processes by being able to easily define assembly items, build complex multi-level bill of materials, create work orders, record assembly builds, and backflush components with minimal effort.


Lean Manufacturing

NetSuite helps manufacturers following lean principles operate without work orders. For manufacturers operating without work orders the Assembly Build transaction can be completed directly against the menu, allowing you to consume components and create the finished good.


Connecting Manufacturing and Financials

Link production processes to financial reports, inventory and outstanding orders, allowing you to see the impacts of manufacturing processes throughout the organization in real-time.

It would be impossible to continue to grow as we have without NetSuite. We have customer financial, production and manufacturing data all in one place.

Kathryn Small
Special Project Manager, White Labs

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NetSuite Work Order Management Benefits


  • Real-Time Two-Way Communication. Standardize production plans, work instructions and real-time costing and communicate information directly to the production floor.
  • Defined Manufacturing Process. Quickly and accurately calculate the resources needed to complete a process, including expected time and costs.
  • Increased Operational Efficiencies. Planning production schedules based on the availability of raw materials and assembly items eliminates bottlenecks and increases output.

NetSuite Work Order Management Features


NetSuite work order management capabilities help control process workflows and increase operational visibility by organizing and tracking changes.

Discrete Manufacturing

NetSuite offers discrete manufacturers options for managing production processes, regardless of their size, complexity or business maturity. Work without work orders, backflush all materials upon completion, issue and track materials and labor as work-in-process costs, or define and track labor through a routing ticket system. Need flexible configuration options by location, configurable work order completion logic and enhanced data collection? NetSuite supports it all.

manufacturing routing dashboard

Batch Processing

With NetSuite work order management capabilities, every batch is individually processed and tracked. Combined with NetSuite’s native lot tracking functionality, that provides complete end-to-end traceability. Machines, employees, work centers and assets are scheduled and assigned to each individual batch, and NetSuite’s manufacturing execution systems and barcode and tablet interfaces ensure that all data is tracked and updated in real time. Batch processing functionality supports alternate assets, coproducts, and detailed work instructions for recipe/formulation management. Combined with FIFO material issuance for raw and bulk lot-controlled items as well as Batch Travelers with Batch Lot ID manufacturers benefit from full lot track traceability and enhanced material issuance control.

manufacturing routing dashboard

Shop Floor Controls

Easily prioritize, track and report against production orders and schedules, including evaluating current resource status, labor and machine use. Gather supporting information right from the floor, in real-time. Control how employees, materials, machines and production time are deployed, and using the tablet, provide instant feedback and visual warnings right to workstations. A work order traveler — a system-generated document — provides shop floor personnel with needed manufacturing specifications and travels with the job as it progresses through the shop.

operating report dashboard

Transfer Order Management

If you store inventory across multiple locations, NetSuite’s transfer order management allows you to easily move items to the correct sites in preparation for assembly. Existing integrations with external warehouse management systems can leverage this insight to manage data about inventory movement between locations, and transfer orders can initialize item fulfillment and item receipt transactions.

replenish location by transfer order dashboard

Challenges NetSuite Work Order Management Solves


  • Uncertain Work Order Status. Track work orders from start to finish, with real-time progress data available at any time.
  • Uncertainty Around Components. Commit inventory when you initiate work orders so you always have an accurate view of available materials.
  • Difficult-to-Calculate COGS. Record labor and scrap usage in real-time, ensuring you always have an accurate COGS.
  • Production Delays. Understand what goods and assemblies are required for production and ensure they’re in the right place at the right time.
  • Manual Processes, Spreadsheets and Gaant Charts. Automate the complex processes associated with setting up and scheduling work order completion.

How Much Does NetSuite Work Order Management Cost?

Companies of every size, from pre-revenue startups to fast-growing businesses, have made the move to NetSuite. Looking for a better way to run your business but wondering about the cost?

Users subscribe to NetSuite for an annual license fee. Your license is made up of three main components: core platform, optional modules and the number of users. There is also a one-time implementation fee for initial setup. As your business grows, you can easily activate new modules and add users — that’s the beauty of cloud software. 

NetSuite Work Orders and Assemblies is an add-on module as well as part of the WIPs and Routings and Advanced Manufacturing modules.

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