HR Generalist

  • Los Banos, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Please read all job requirements below. Proficiency in English and Spanish is required for this role. 

The Morning Star Company, and its affiliates, operate three tomato processing facilities in California, processing 25% to 30% of the California crop, plus tomato transplanting, harvesting and trucking operations.  Employment is approximately 400 year-round and over 2,000 seasonal colleagues with 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 Mission Focused 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 Self-Management.

Job Description

The Human Resources Colleague guides the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs. 

The primary mission of the Human Resources Colleague includes: 

  • Work with other colleagues on recruiting and staffing;
  • Organizational departmental planning;
  • Performance measurement and improvement systems;
  • Employment and compliance with regulatory concerns regarding colleagues;
  • Colleague development, needs assessment, and training;
  • Policy development and documentation;
  • Colleague relations;
  • Company Colleague and community communication;
  • Colleague safety, welfare, wellness, and health;
  • Working with colleagues to resolve any questions / issues;
  • Facilitating the gaining agreement process; and
  • Colleague services and counseling.

The Human Resources Colleague originates and leads Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide a Colleague-oriented; high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity, and standards; goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce.

The Human Resources Colleague is responsible for the development of processes and metrics that support the achievement of the organization's business goals. 

The Human Resources Colleague coordinates the implementation of people-related services, policies, and programs. 

Some of the Primary Objectives of the Human Resources Colleague:

  • Health and safety of the workforce with the safety team.
  • Development of a superior workforce.
  • Personal ongoing development/training.


Responsibilities of the Human Resources Colleague 

Development of the Human Resources Department 

  • Oversees the implementation of Human Resources programs. Identifies opportunities for improvement and resolves problems.
  • Develops and monitors an annual budget that includes Human Resources services, wellness programs, and Colleague recognition.
  • Conducts a continuing study of all Human Resources policies, programs, and practices to keep other colleagues informed of new developments.
  • Leads the development of department goals, objectives, and systems. Provides leadership for Human Resources strategic planning.
  • Establishes HR departmental measurements that support the accomplishment of the company's strategic goals.
  • Assists with the preparation and maintenance of such reports as are necessary to carry out the functions of the department. Prepares periodic reports for other colleagues, as necessary or requested, to track strategic goal accomplishment.
  • Develops and administers programs, procedures, and guidelines to help align the workforce with the strategic goals of the company.
  • Participates in company staff meetings and attends other meetings and seminars.

Training and Development 

  • Coordinates Human Resources training programs. Provides necessary education and materials to Business Units including training sessions, Colleague Guidelines, and Orientations.
  • Works with SMI and other key colleagues to establish an in-house colleague training system that addresses company training needs including training needs assessment, new colleague onboarding or orientation, management development, production cross-training, the measurement of training impact, and training transfers.
  • Maintains Colleague training records.

Colleague Relations 

  • Partners with Business Units and all colleagues to communicate Human Resources policies, procedures, programs, and laws.
  • Determines and recommends employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-colleague relationship and promote a high level of colleague morale and motivation. 
  • Coaches and trains colleagues in their communication, feedback, recognition, and interaction responsibilities with other colleagues.  Makes certain that the business unit coordinators know how to successfully, ethically, honestly, and legally communicate with colleagues.
  • Conducts investigations when colleague complaints or concerns are brought forth.
  • Monitors the implementation of a performance improvement process with non-performing colleagues.
  • Reviews and guides colleague recommendations for employment requests for colleagues to leave the company.
  • Assists the safety colleagues with the implementation of company safety and health programs. 


  • Assists with competitive market research to establish pay practices and pay bands that help to recruit and retain superior staff.
  • Monitors all pay practices and systems for effectiveness and cost containment.
  • Assists with participation in at least one salary survey per year. Monitors best practices in compensation and benefits through research and up-to-date information on available products.


  • Works with other knowledgeable colleagues for company compliance with all existing governmental and labor legal and government reporting requirements including any related to the Equal Employment Opportunity(EEO), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Department of Labor, worker compensation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and so forth. Maintains minimal company exposure to lawsuits.
  • Preparation of information requested or required for compliance with laws. Serves as a contact with the company employment law attorney and outside government agencies.
  • Protects the interests of employees and the company in accordance with company Human Resources policies and governmental laws and regulations. Minimizes risk.


Human Resources Colleague Job Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, recruitment, organization development, colleague relations, safety, colleague engagement, and colleague development.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship building and colleague coaching skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a knowledgeable resource to other colleagues that provide overall company leadership and direction.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include knowledge of Excel and skills in Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS).
  • General knowledge of various employment laws and practices and experience working with a corporate employment law attorney.
  • Experience in the administration of benefits and compensation programs and other Human Resources recognition and engagement programs and processes.
  • Evidence of the ability to practice and coach organization managers in the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational management skills.
  • Bi-lingual English / Spanish with the ability to translate documents for colleagues and use in the hiring, education and communication with colleagues.

Education and Experience Required for the Human Resources Manager Job

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business, or Organization Development.
  • A history of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources positions preferred.
  • Specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, training, and preventive labor relations, preferred.
  • Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resources networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement preferred.
  • Possess ongoing affiliations with leaders in successful companies and organizations that practice effective Human Resources Management.

Additional Information

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

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