Announcing the measure, DC Thomson chief executive of publishing Ellis Watson, left, said he hoped the cuts will be made via a voluntary process.
NUJ Scotland is understood to be involved in discussions with the company over the moves but has made no formal statement as yet.
Said Ellis: “Over recent weeks, with cost savings as a driver, we’ve been reviewing the editorial side of our Dundee newspapers operation to make it more efficient and contemporary.
“Trading is incredibly tough and the challenges facing us in the industry are by no means easy; falling circulation figures and digital contenders.
“It’s hoped that the proposed reduction of eight sub-editor posts can be achieved through a voluntary process and we are working with our affected staff members to ensure the best possible outcome for each individual during this difficult period.
“Timings and plans are subject to consultation and the company will do everything possible to support affected employees.”