Twenty-seven senior posts are to be axed at Derbyshire CC as it tries to cut £157m from its budget over the next four years.
The job cuts – which the council says are across all areas and involve senior managers – are expected to save over £2m per year.
Staff whose posts will disappear in this financial year have been told.
Council leader Anne Western (Lab) said: “No one likes cutting jobs but we need to make cuts due to reductions in government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for many services.
“We said we would start by getting our own house in order – scrutinising spending, reviewing senior management and selling off redundant land.
“The senior management structure will be smaller but by working more efficiently we’re confident we can continue to deliver services for local people and use the savings to help protect some frontline services.”
Mick Wilson, senior negotiator for the union side at the council, said some of the staff affected were already being redeployed or taking early retirement.
Unions were still negotiating on some job cuts in the council and had put forward alternative proposals, including a cap on senior managers’ pay, he said.