Payroll Specialist - Vista, CA

Altman Plants, LLC. ( is a family-owned wholesale nursery with operations in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Texas.

We’re passionate about plants and specialize as the country’s top provider of cacti and succulents. With over 4,500 employees, we’re also passionate about people development, open communications, customer service, and the long-term growth of the company. We provide competitive compensation and benefits.

We are currently looking for an ethical, enthusiastic, self-motivated, forward thinking, and hard-working team member that is able to keep a “can-do” attitude in stressful deadline situations for a Payroll Specialist position in our high volume and fast paced Payroll department.


Tracking and processing of all court ordered wage garnishments.

Maintain employee data in payroll system (ADP) and File Hold (Scanning Software.)

Assist with Data entry for New Hires, Terminations, W-4 and State withholding changes.

Review New Hires for accuracy. Create labels and folders for New Hires.

Accurately processing of Manual checks during off cycle payroll.

Set up Direct Deposits, carefully following the Direct Deposit verification procedure.

Input Personnel Action forms for address changes, Vacation & Sick, Leave of Absences & Leave Reinstatements.

Aid in the preparation of Final Checks in accordance with state laws.

Accurately process employment verification request in a timely manner.

Review, and prepare processed PA’s in accordance with our Company Scanning structure.

Effectively communicate with Managers and employees. Answer basic employee questions regarding direct deposit set up, taxation, and other deductions from checks.

Engage in cross training with another Payroll Specialist

Maintains processes, and reconciles a wide variety of payroll documents and materials in compliance with established policies and regulatory guidelines (e.g. timesheets, PA’s direct deposits, etc.)

Assists in the revision and implementation of improved payroll related systems and procedures.

Assists Lead Payroll Administrator with numerous projects.

Other Duties as Assigned.


Exceptional organizational skills

Effectively communicate with Managers/Supervisors and Peers.

Computer literate: Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook.

Mathematical skills and 10 Key Proficient

Willing to learn new tasks as assigned. Need a “Can do Attitude”

Cooperative, enthusiastic, positive attitude, and productive in a work team environment

Reliable, responsible, and dependable.

Strong work ethic and team player

Ability to work in an office located on a nursery

Good planning and organizational skills to balance and prioritize work


College/ bachelor’s degree preferred in a related area, accounting, business, or finance.

One to three years of increasingly responsible experience in Payroll

ADP Workforce Now Experience

CPP Preferred, but not required

V-look Up in Excel is a must

Bilingual English/Spanish


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to interact effectively with customers and employees of our organization.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

Interested applicants apply to our Career Page.

If you are interested in a career at Altman Plants, please send your resume to our Human Resources Department via one of the methods suggested below. Interested applicants apply to our Career Page Mailing Address: Altman Plants, Human Resources Dept. 3742 Blue Bird Canyon Road Vista, CA 92084