Payroll Specialist

Payroll Specialist

W. Atlee Burpee & Co. is the leading retail/mail order distributor of seed and gardening supplies to the American home gardener. We have an immediate opening for a Payroll Specialist. Primary responsibilities include but not limited to payroll processing in a multi-company and multi-state U.S. and Canadian environment. In addition, this position ensures that employees receive accurate compensation for time worked and that all required governmental reports and payroll related payments are filed timely and accurately.


Key Responsibilities :

  • Compiles payroll data, and enters data or computes and posts wages, and reconciles errors, to maintain payroll records
  • Compiles payroll data such as garnishments, insurance, paid time off and 401(k) deductions
  • Administers bi-weekly payroll processing functions for two companies
  • Reviews wages computed and corrects errors to ensure accuracy of payroll
  • May prepare periodic reports of earnings, taxes, and deductions or any other ad hoc reports as assigned
  • Maintains all confidential employee payroll records and files
  • Provides reports and data as needed for management and accounting purposes
  • Works with the Controller and Director, HR, to standardize pay practices and assures adequate internal controls exist for accurate collection and payment of payroll checks and related costs
  • Performs compliance initiative for state and federal tax related exposures
  • Serves as the resource for payroll problems and questions within the system
  • Monitors compliance with IRS and individual state payroll and information reporting guidelines
  • Interacts with various external auditors in completing audits
  • Interacts and communicates with all levels of the organization in a professional manner
  • Produces general ledger reporting as well as monthly, quarterly and annual payroll and unemployment tax filing
  • Manages payroll postings to the general ledger and performs payroll balance sheet account reconciliations
  • All other duties as assigned.  


  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • 3+ years experience corporate or payroll industry
  • Must have ADP Workforce Now experience
  • Knowledge of multi-state payroll/tax filings
  • Working knowledge of Excel
  • Be detail oriented, organized, and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality in all matters related to the position
  • Have professional demeanor and excellent communication skills
  • Comfortable with fast paced changing environment

If you meet the requirements and qualifications, please email your cover letter with salary requirements, and resume to - Subject line “Payroll Specialist - Job Code 2014-31” or log onto our website at and click on “employment link”. COVER LETTERS/RESUMES WITHOUT REQUESTED INFORMATION WILL BE CONSIDERED LAST. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Un-qualified candidates need not apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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