Payroll and Accounting Colleague

  • Woodland, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Morning Star Company, and its affiliates, operate three tomato processing facilities in Central California, processing 25% to 30% of the California crop, plus tomato transplanting, farming, harvesting and trucking operations, with employment of approximately 400 year-round and 2,000 seasonal colleagues and annual sales of about $1 billion.

The Morning Star Company is the largest independent producer of bulk tomato ingredient products (tomato paste and diced tomatoes) in the world. We also produce canned tomatoes, tomato products and specialty sauces in pouches for customers in the retail and food service markets. The company is known worldwide for its innovation and integrity.

We are organizationally structured through a system we term Self-Management.  Our company is operated by colleagues without titles or an appointed hierarchy of authority.  Each Colleague is expected to be the manager of their mission.  Authority relative to other colleagues’ activities is lateral and based on their independent agreements.  Each colleague’s Mission is their guiding principle of action, and respect, influence and success having to be built based on each colleague’s competency, integrity, effort, persistence and straight-forward persuasiveness.  As we continue to grow, and while we communicate this position in commonly used terms, we intend to maintain a culture of individual responsibility and mission-focused management.

Job Description

This colleague’s Mission will be to maintain the competitive position of the enterprise as an “employer-of-choice,” by rigorously researching compensation and benefits, and ensuring perfect compliance with government regulations. In addition, this person will provide support to the payroll and benefits administration Colleagues.  

This position is responsible for organizational year-end process activities, ACA compliance, payroll processing, assist with benefit administration, 

This position will be based in our Woodland office. Compensation is expected to be in the range of $16.00 to $20.00 per hour, or greater, depending upon qualifications. 

Specific responsibilities include, at least, the following: 

  • Assist with processing payroll
  • Process Weekly Allocations for Health, Life and Workers Comp Insurance
  • Tracking ACA eligibility for all colleagues
  • Tracking Harassment Training compliance
  • Assist with Insurance claims complaints
  • Coordination of year-end compensation process
  • Company surveys (Year-around & Seasonal)
  • Compensation surveys (Year-around & Seasonal)
  • Annual review and updates of Colleague Guidelines
  • Contract Management



While previous experience in the realm of payroll, accounting, or human resources is appreciated, these are not the most important factors. Perseverance, detail orientation, and ability with numbers are the most important fundamentals. 

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.The Morning Star Company and its affiliates participate in E-Verify.